OUR VICAR - MARK STANFORD
Mark was born in Ilford, Essex on the outskirts of the East End of London. He is married to Sam and has three daughters.
After a career in banking he trained for ministry at St John’s College Durham before coming to Liverpool Diocese where he has worked for the last nineteen years. Mark has been in his present role for five years as vicar of the United Benefice of Holy Trinity Church, Formby and St Michael and All Angels, Altcar where he leads a large and creative ministry team. He is passionate to see people taking their next steps in following Jesus wherever they are on the journey.
He enjoys keeping fit and playing the drums.
OUR CURATE - POPPY THORPE
Poppy was born in Chester and raised in Retford, North Nottinghamshire. She found herself going to the local church from the age of four until she moved back to Chester for University in 2011. After reading Theology, she spent a year exploring London, working as Chaplaincy Assistant at King's College. She recently finished training at Cranmer Hall in Durham where she met her husband, Nathan, who is the new curate of St Peter's in Formby! Poppy and Nathan were both ordained Priest in June 2018.
Poppy loves to journal, cook and attempts to run. She also likes art and loves films and theatre, especially musicals!
OUR CHURCH WARDENS
Jan writes: "I was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire but have moved around the country through my late husband’s work. I started attending Holy Trinity 30 years ago when we moved to Formby. For many years I have been involved with Girlguiding and for the past 18 years I can be found 'behind the stall' on a Saturday morning at the Workshop."
Richard was born and raised in Formby and has been a member of our church since he was young. He is married to Ruth Woodward, who is one of our Readers. He is a keen member of Formby Little Theatre, where he directs many of their productions.
On many days you will find Richard's friendly face around the church, where he is happy to welcome you in.