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Dymock was at the forefront of the 'Local Ministry Team' movement, having had ministry shared by Ordained and Lay persons for over 30 years. This shared concept was formalised into 'Local Ministry Teams' (LMT) where spiritual care and management of the parish is shared by both ordained priests and lay persons acting as a recognisable 'Team'. (Return to top)

We currently have a full-time priest (Rector) in charge of the "United Benefice of the Leadon Vale." He is the only full-time stipendiary (paid) priest in the Team, but is assisted in the Dymock area by one other 'Associate Priest' who is retired from a career in commerce, as well as by 3 non-ordained (Lay) assistants - 2 'Readers' and 1 'Lay Pastor' as well as several regular members of the congregation. There are also 4 PCC Appointees: Secretary, Treasurer, Organist/Choirmaster and Bell Tower Captain. (Return to top)

The Ministry Team serves the whole of the Benefice, which comprises 9 parishes with 9 churches, so there are several other members: 2 more 'Associate Priests' and several Lay members, but they all tend to focus on other parishes in the Benefice and don't have a regular role in Dymock. (Return to top)

For details of Dymock's officers, click here: Priests, Readers, Lay Pastors, Churchwardens, PCC Appointees
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People trained in theology and ministry and 'set apart' (ordained) to serve God in Holy Orders
Picture, Rev Tony Lomas
Rector: The Rev'd Anthony Lomas is married to Ingrid and they have four grown-up children, Jamie, Tim, Verity and Alexandra.  Tony graduated as an agricultural engineer and then spent most of the next 15 years selling agricultural machinery in Africa, including a short period as an ex-pat in Morocco.  Following a short period as parish administrator and bookshop manager for the parish of Cirencester,  he worked until ordination as a sales and management training consultant. (Return to top)

Ingrid is head of Religious Education at Sir William Romney’s secondary school in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, and first met Tony while they were training together as Readers on the West of England Ministerial Training Course (WEMTC).  They were married in 2000. (Return to top)

Tony has been involved with his local churches since childhood and his path to ordination spanned some 10 years,  including a very fulfilling time as a Reader in parishes in and around Cirencester, over which time he developed a particular interest in the challenges of rural ministry.  He went on to train for ordination, again at WEMTC, and served his curacy in the Coln River Group of Parishes, a benefice of 7 rural parishes just outside Cheltenham.  (Return to top)

In his leisure time, Tony enjoys DIY, cooking, travel and is a self-confessed gadget-freak. (Return to top)
Picture, Rev Andrew Perry
The Rev'd Andrew Perry is married to Janet and they have two daughters. He became a lay member of the Dymock Local Ministry Team (LMT) at its formal inception in 1981 and was ordained in 1994 as a Non-Stipendiary Minister (NSM*). (Return to top)

Andrew is licensed as an Associate Priest to the Benefice as a whole but has special responsibility for the parish of Donnington and regularly assists in Dymock. Trained as an Agriculturist, Andrew first worked as a manager of farms, but then worked for 20 years as a Grain Trader, managing a local grain co-operative before retiring. He is currently project leader for the Rotary Club of Ledbury's "Tobago Diabetic Foot-care Project" which is assisting medics in the Caribbean to be aware of, and better treat, those suffering from Diabetes, thereby reducing the previously high number of foot and leg amputations per year... and fanatical about his lawn!
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*NSMs are now part of a larger group called SSMs - Self-Supporting Ministers. They are full priests but earn their living and practice their ministry by working in industry, commerce and after retirement. NSMs are a nation-wide ministry so can be asked to serve anywhere, which may mean they have to move house and job, although that's unusual as they usually serve in a benefice or parish near to where they live. (Return to top)
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The Rev'd Jill Bond was married in 1967 and has two children, Oliver and Victoria. Jill taught in various primary schools, first in London and then in Northamptonshire before her children were born and again after they were at school themselves, between 1967 and 1994. She moved to Gloucestershire in 1995, and trained as a Lay Reader specialising in ministry to children and was licensed as such in 1998. (Return to top)

Jill has been much involved in work with children, particularly in the local village primary school, as well as in more general ministry. In 2004 she attended training again for ordination and was ordained priest in 2007. As an Ordained Local Minister (OLM
*) Jill served her curacy here in the benefice of the Leadon Vale, where she is now an Associate Priest. (Return to top)

*OLMs are also part of the larger group called SSMs - Self-Supporting Ministers. They are full priests and like NSMs earn their living and practice their ministry by working in industry, commerce and after retirement, but unlike NSMs they are not a nation-wide ministry but are licensed specifically to the parish or benefice where they live, although they can occasionally officiate elsewhere for a special reason. (Return to top)
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The Rev'd Canon Richard Franklin is married to Ann, a retired Psychologist. They have two grown up children; Kate married to Jan with two sons in Bristol, and Thomas who lives in Berlin. Richard was born and grew up in Cardiff and Ann in Aberaeron and London. (Return to top)

Richard was ordained in 1978 and was curate of Pershore Abbey. He moved to Dudley as Educational Chaplain to the Group Ministry, then back to parish work as vicar of Wollescote (Stourbridge), Fareham, Hants and finally Luton, where he was Area Dean and Canon of St Albans Abbey. Richard retired from full time ministry in 2013 and is now Canon Emeritus of St. Albans, with Permission to Officiate in Gloucester diocese. (Return to top)

After a lifetime of town dwelling, he and Ann looked for retirement in a rural area and they are thoroughly enjoying it, despite the feeling that they have retired from one full time job to to another. (Return to top)
Assistant Curate
Picture, Lara Bloom
The Rev'd Lara Bloom is Assistant Curate to the Leadon Vale Benefice.  She is married to Ian and they have two young children, Natasha and Alexander.  Lara trained as a management accountant after graduating in Chemistry and Business Administration and worked for much of her career in Unilever and L'Oreal. 

After moving to Tewkesbury in 2006 Lara became involved with the work of Tewkesbury Abbey and in particular with the setting up of a 'Fresh Expression' of church called 'Celebrate' on a local housing estate.  It was through this work that Lara realised a calling to ministry and after a two year discernment process trained for ordained ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

Lara and the family are very happy to have moved back to Gloucestershire and Lara looks forward to serving her curacy in the Leadon Vale. In their spare time the family enjoy music, cooking together and exploring the countryside. (Return to top)

An Assistant Curate, sometimes called 'Curate-in-Training' is the church's equivalent of an Apprenticeship. Most Assistant Curates are newly ordained and are placed with a 'Training Incumbent' - an experienced priest - whilst they develop their scholastic training with on-the-job practical experience before they go off to become a fully qualified priest themselves. (Return to top)