Rev. MARK PENGELLY
As a minister I’m trying to be an encourager! I want to encourage people to look to Jesus and see how being a follower of him can not only transform our own lives but the world we live in. I’ve been doing that as a Methodist minister since 1998. Before that I ran a guest house with Sheridan, my wife, was a builder for a while, but my roots (and hobbies like the tractor!) stem from working on a family farm in Devon.
Helen’s focus is the pastoral care of the family developing Family Friendly Churches, places where all children can feel valued, involved and appreciated.
As well as working in our churches, Helen’s outreach links in to all local primary and community schools through chaplaincy, creative sessions, storytelling, leading collective worship and value-based assemblies.
Helen’s qualifications are in communication and counselling with particular interest in how we all develop spiritually, socially and emotionally. She believes therapeutic play, creative activities and fellowship groups can help us all and can empower us to prepare children and young people for life’s ups and downs.
As well as working full-time for the Methodist Church, Helen is a Volunteer Support Worker for Cornish charity Penhaligon’s Friends who help bereaved children and their families.
Helen is originally from Durham, having also lived and worked in the West Midlands. She is married with a teenage daughter and son, loves long walks in the countryside with her Border Terrier, tea and cake and all things crafty.
I was born into a strong Methodist family in North Devon and moved to Cornwall in 1994 after marrying Mark. We lived in Menheniot where my membership was transferred. Our son, Robert was born in 1997 and a year later we moved to a bigger house in Dobwalls. When Robert was about 10 years old I felt I would like to get back to work part time, something that fitted in with family life. When the Circuit Administrator’s job was advertised, I decided to apply and was successful. The rest as they say is history.
I was born in 1948 at Tredinnick farm St Neot, where I have lived and farmed all my life. I am married to Judith & have 2 children and 5 Grandchildren. I was privileged to have a chapel adjoining the farm so was a life long member of Tredinnick chapel along with all my family. When it closed in 2013 I joined fellow worshippers at St Neot where we have been made welcome and recently I have been appointed chapel steward.
Since becoming a circuit steward I have enjoyed being part of the leadership team and hope I can continue to support the circuit in these challenging times.
Rev CHLOE JONES
I was raised on a farm on Exmoor where I nurtured a life long passion for the countryside, for walking and for the seasons of the agricultural year. An interest in folk music from my teens led me to Lancaster to study music. Gradually, throughout this time and beyond, the Lord was working hard and after several jobs within the church as Youth Worker, Organist, Musical Director (that sounds far grander than it was!) and Administrator, I responded to the call and trained to be a Priest within the Anglican Church at Cuddesdon in Oxford. Lucky enough to gain my theology degree through Oxford University, I then combined my interests with a Masters in Sacred Music. I was ordained in 2009 and served both my curacy and first incumbency in different parts of multi parish rural Somerset. I believe in a Church without walls and am humbled by the opportunity to be a bridge between the unchurched and the churched especially during pastoral situations. Family has drawn me to Cornwall where I hope to spend many hours on the coast path with my Dogs and spend time singing in a choir and maybe find some folk music too. I have 5 children; Joshua, 13, Ben, 12, Annaleah, 10, Dominic, 6 and Ellianah, 3.
Appointed Circuit Steward, October 2015. Member of the United Methodist and
Anglican congregation, St John’s, Pensilva. Grew-up in Plymouth, attended Compton Methodist Church: Cubs, Scouts, youth club until university in Exeter. Came to know Jesus as saviour when a teenager. Church steward at Lake, Shebbear; a worship leader. Married Kathleen in 1973, three daughters. Retired to Kathleen’s home village, Pensilva, 2013, after 38 years teaching Mathematics in independent schools, including Methodist foundation, Shebbear College. Together with Kathleen, houseparents in boarding schools for 23 years. Now a part-time teacher of mathematics and computers and a freelance dinghy sailing & powerboat driving instructor.
CIRCUIT STEWARD I have lived in Cornwall since 1970, now I almost feel like a local. I am a member at Liskeard Methodist Chapel, after Common Moor Chapel (my previous Methodist home) closed down last year. I enjoy sharing ways of encountering God in our everyday lives especially with young people and regularly visit and lead assemblies at a number of local primary schools. It is a great privilege to journey with the children on their spiritual development. When not engaged in chapel and circuit business I enjoy quilting and trying my hand at new crafts.
CIRCUIT TREASURER I have been the Treasurer of a Chapel in a nearby circuit for many years. I am self-employed, working mainly as a Bookkeeper. Four years ago I finished a Degree in Educational Studies and enjoy working with children and teenagers.As a veteran myself I volunteer at the Veterans Memory Cafe in Crownhill. I have 3 Grandchildren (ages 23, 11 and 2) and really enjoy spending time with them when I can.
LAY PASTORAL WORKER I have an Anglican background and live in Warleggan. I am a Worship Leader and I’ve just completed the first year of a three year Reader training. Until the summer I worked for four years as a Literacy Tutor at Cornwall Adult Education.