The Benefice Ministry Team
The Revd Margot Hodson was licensed to the Haddenham Benefice in 2009, having previously been Chaplain of Jesus College, Oxford. Margot has developed the model of episcope for benefice leadership. She sees her role to be team leader and enabler; a training incumbent; and engaged with the local community. She has been working with the congregations of the Haddenham Benefice to develop a network benefice, releasing ministry and talent and grow the churches. Margot’s vision for Wychert Vale is to be a united and integrated benefice gaining from the strengths of combining together while also enabling each parish to flourish as a unique expression of church. She has a special concern for Christians and churches to seek to serve their local communities, and loves both modern and traditional worship.
Margot’s outside interest is environmental issues. She is on the management boards of the John Ray Initiative, A Rocha UK and Grove Ethics. She is associate tutor for environmental theology and rural ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Margot is married to Martin Hodson, who is an environmental biologist, and they live in the vicarage in Haddenham.
The Associate Rector
The Revd Canon Dr Phil Groves was appointed as Associate Rector of Wychert Vale Benefice in 2016. Phil is married to Anne and previously worked as Director of Continuing Indaba at the Anglican Communion Office in London. Indaba is a process of honest conversation that seeks to build community, energize mission, and provide a context in which conflict can be transformed.
Phil has had many years of experience of parish ministry in Leeds and Melton Mowbray, where he had a special role in encouraging young families. The Groves also spent six years in Tanzania where Phil taught in the Anglican training college and mentored new clergy. Phil and Anne have three adult children and are foster parents. They live in Stone.
Revd Jonathan Hawkins:
SSM Associate Minister based in Haddenham with a focus on Cuddington and also serving across the benefice. He is chair of Aylesbury Vale Youth for Christ. Jonathan has experience of mentoring LLM trainees and is an Aylesbury Deanery Vocations Adviser.
Revd Nadine Rose:
Nadine was ordained in July 2016 to be Stipendiary Curate for Wychert Vale. She lives in the parsonage house at Cuddington with her husband, Howard, and serves across the benefice.
Revd Trish Mander:
Associate Minister from June 2016, ordained in 2013 with a focus on Haddenham, also ministering in Kingsey.
Revd Nigel Featherston:
OLM Curate in training from Cuddington. Nigel has a full-time secular job. He lives in Dinton and has a focus on Cuddington and also serves across the benefice.
Revd Canon Cavell Cavell-Northam: retired clergyman from the Chilterns, who takes the Aston Sandford monthly Communion service.
Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt retired to Haddenham in 2012. Gordon has joined the Benefice Service Planning group and chairs Haddenham worship and witness PCC subgroup. He preaches around the benefice and elsewhere.
Olive Kuhrt: retired but active LLM based in Haddenham who is also the Music Director there.
Adrian Collier: retired and an LLM based in Haddenham. Adrian supports the midweek communion and services mostly in Haddenham and Kingsey. He leads a home group and is active in pastoral visiting.
Authorised Preachers: We have six authorised preachers: David Pickup; Dr Martin Hodson; Andy Hardy; Richard Fisher; Graham Carr; and Prof Markus Bockmuehl. We also have a number of more occasional preachers and service leaders who are members of the preachers group.
Youth Worker: our youth work is provided by Aylesbury Vale Youth For Christ (AVYFC). Through them, Martha Barnes is our part-time Youth Worker. Martha grew up in Stone and Haddenham and is a performance arts graduate with considerable youth work experience.
Benefice operations management
Wychert Vale Benefice has a large volunteer ministry team and highly enabled lay people serving in every aspect of the churches’ ministry. Youth ministry, Fresh Expressions, ministry to elderly people, healing ministry and many other areas are lay-led. This creates a dynamic situation and also one that needs considerable nurture and management.
The Haddenham Benefice has been supported by the Parish Office in the St Mary’s Centre in Haddenham. On becoming Wychert Vale Benefice, the parish office was re-named the Benefice Office and has widened its scope to provide management for the new benefice.