Our Team

The Benefice Ministry Team

The Rector

The Revd Cassa Messervy has been appointed as the Rector for our benefice and will take up her appointment in April.

The Associate RectorPhilandAnne

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. He is also acive in the Anglican Peace and Justice Network.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins:


Jonathan, a retired Chartered Surveyor is an Associate Minister living in Haddenham with a focus on Pastoral Care within the benefice and has served across the benefice since Sept. 2010. He is currently the Assistant Area Dean for Aylesbury with particular interest in the rural area and ministry to older people. He is also the Buckinghamshire Archdeaconry SSM Officer.

Jonathan has experience of mentoring LLM trainees and is an Aylesbury Deanery Vocations Adviser.

Revd Trish Mander:

Trish was ordained in 2013 and is an Associate Minister within the benefice. She has a focus on Haddenham and Kingsey


Revd Nigel Featherston:

Nigel was ordained in 2017 and priested in 2018 having previously been a licensed lay minister in the benefice. Nigel has a full-time secular job. He lives in Dinton and has a focus on Dinton itself as well as Stone; he also serves across the benefice.


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 also regularly plays for services within the benefice.

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.

David Robinson: David is retired and moved into our benefice in 2017 and was licensed as a lay minister in the benefice in 2018. He brings with him many years of experience as a licensed lay minister in other places.

Authorised Preachers: We have six authorised preachers: David Pickup; Tricia Stradling; 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.

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.


The website for the parishes of Aston Sandford, Cuddington, Dinton and Stone, Haddenham and Kingsey