REVD CANON JONATHAN BAKER
Jonathan has been Vicar of Beverley Minster and its Associated Churches since December 2017. He was formerly Canon Missioner and Acting Dean at Peterborough Cathedral, and before that was in parish ministry near Scarborough.
Jonathan is particularly interested in the communication of the Christian faith in a changing world, and the unique opportunities offered by Beverley Minster as a special place.
He is sustained by Sue, who is an English teacher, and Maisie the Labrador who provides exercise and pet therapy. The four Baker children are all in their 20s but still have rooms in the Vicarage. Jonathan enjoys architecture and the visual arts, including film, and feels his table football-playing prime still lies ahead of him.
REVD WENDY WALE
Wendy arrived at the Minster in September 2018 and is the new Associate Vicar and Pioneer Minister for 20s-40s (do ask her what that means!)
Before the great move North she was a curate in Edgbaston, Birmingham (where she acquired the lovely husband Tom) and then a Chaplain at Wadham College in Oxford (where they grew to a family of 3 with the addition of Jonah the Cockapoo).
Before ordination Wendy had a career in primary education that took her to Cambridge, Peterborough, Cameroon and central London. Along the way she trained as a systemic relationship counsellor.
Wendy can usually be found with a mug of tea in her hand and is trying hard to resist too much cake. She’s passionate about hospitality, inclusion and diversity.
In their free time, you’ll find Wendy and Tom on the beach, out walking Jonah, sharing meals with friends or travelling somewhere exciting.
REVD TIM KELLY
Tim was born in Derby and lived in Derbyshire until he went to the University of Cambridge to study Computer Science. He was brought up in a Christian family, and remembers making a personal commitment to become a Christian at a rain-soaked North Wales holiday camp in 1984 (the venue of an event called “Spring Harvest”). He was sacristan of the College Chapel whilst at Cambridge and enjoyed its choral tradition.
After Cambridge he moved to the University of York in 1994 to pursue his doctorate. At the end of his time as a PhD student he met Charlotte (a fellow student) through a shared interest in bell ringing. Alongside his progression in his academic career (to become a professor in 2012), and the arrival of three children, Tim became increasingly involved in the life of the church through preaching, leading, and as a youthwork leader and churchwarden in Clifton Parish Church, York.
In 2015 he finally ‘gave in’ to the inner promptings and started to pursue his calling to become a priest. He began training for ministry in 2016 and was ordained in 2019.
Director of Music
Robert Poyser was appointed Director of Music in 2009 and enjoys the many opportunities for music that the Minster’s diverse liturgical styles offer.
Robert combines his role at the Minster with a busy programme of teaching, accompanying and recitals whilst enjoying cooking, most things railway related and following Gloucestershire’s cricket team.
Youth and Children’s Minister
Ben has been working with the children and young people at Beverley Minster since summer 2014. Before that he spent time working in a wide variety of jobs after graduating with a degree in civil engineering from Swansea University. It was while at uni that Ben realised that he was going to spend his life working for the church, and he is now enjoying the challenge of inviting younger people from outside the church into an inclusive and welcoming community where worship and fellowship can happen inter-generationally. Ben is married to Sarah who is a veterinary surgeon in Lincoln, and they have taken the growth of youth and children at the Minster very seriously since the birth of Isla in 2015, and James in 2019. When he’s not at work Ben enjoys cricket, movies and walking up mountains.
Lauren joined the team at the Parish Centre in October 2017 after a brief stint as a volunteer in November 2014 whilst studying for her Masters degree. She enjoyed her time at the Minster so much that she couldn’t wait to come back! After 3 years as our Assistant Parish Secretary Lauren takes up a new role. Although she will continue supporting the clergy and staff with day to day administration, she will also have a more strategic role in the leadership and management of the Minster and associated churches. In her spare time Lauren enjoys reading, baking, yoga, and walking in the Yorkshire Dales.
Jane has worked as Shop Manager since 2005, she is based in the Parish Centre and also the shop in the Minster. She manages a great team of volunteers who staff the shop and love speaking to visitors. All profits from the shop are donated to The Parochial Church Council of Beverley Minster. Jane is married to Peter and has a son at University and a daughter who attends Beverley High School. When not at work she can be found on the golf course.
Beverley born and bred, Libby has been a part of the Minster family since early childhood when she was brought to the Minster by her mum.
As an adult, Libby became a full-time participant in the life of Beverley Minster in 2003 when she attended an Alpha course. From this point on her membership became truly ‘active’ when she joined the the Minster Catering Team. Libby was a member of the Minster’s Dorcas group, an acolyte at a number of Christmas services and serving refreshments after the new year ‘Watch Night’ service.
Before joining the staff team – originally as Relief Virger in 2018 – Libby ran a successful Painting and Decorating business with her husband Reg, who she married at the Minster in 2011.
In her free time, Libby enjoys doing various forms of quilting and embroidery, reading, spending time with her family, watching the plays of Shakespeare and attending the cinema, theatre and art galleries with her best friend Roz.
Paul has worked at the Minster for about three and a half years, initially as Relief Virger and subsequently as Assistant Virger. He has lived most of his adult life in the north after being brought up in a village pub in Hertfordshire. His previous jobs were mostly in the care sector, recently working as a mental health nurse. He lives in Beverley with his wife and their two dogs. Paul has three daughters from his first marriage, and his present wife has two daughters through her previous marriage.
Paul enjoys simple pleasures, such as country walks, reading, watching films, socialising and drinking beer. He has been a dedicated runner for years and he can be spotted running on the Westwood most days with the dogs. He has had a lifelong interest in religion and psychology and completed a degree in Religious Studies in his youth. He feels very privileged to work at the Minster and looks forward to the future, working with Head Virger, Libby and the rest of the Minster family.
Learning and Engagement Officer for the Sanctuary Project
Anna was born in Beverley and grew up in the East Riding of Yorkshire. She joined the Minster team in 2021. Anna has worked as a primary school teacher and her career has always focused on teaching and learning. She has held teaching roles in primary schools across Hull and the East Riding. Anna’s degree is in early years education and she has lectured in Early Years at Hull University and at Wilberforce Sixth Form College.
In her free time Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and her two daughters. She loves walking their dog and is also a keen equestrian. Anna enjoys fitness, sports and running and likes to be out in the fresh air. She is also enthusiastic about gardening and horticulture.
Learning and Engagement Officer for the Sanctuary Project
After a degree in Theology from Birmingham and an early career as an Archivist in London, Cathy comes to us after 8 years as a Learning Officer in the National Trust. Her main professional interests are building meaningful connections with harder to reach communities, linking history to contemporary society, and nurturing wellbeing via creative and nature based workshops.
Cathy also is Deputy Manager at York Oxfam bookshop and works on a farm alongside people with learning disabilities. She is midway through her training to be a Forest School leader. Cathy sometimes has to have a cup of tea and a long lie down. When not at work Cathy is at her happiest in her garden, after a day foraging, cooking something random, experimental and occasionally edible over a fire. Cathy spends a lot of time trying to persuade her 3 teenage children that one day they’ll thank her for their wholesome upbringing.