Who's Who?

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Rev’d Canon Brian McConkey, Vicar at All Hallows & St John’s.

Brian became Vicar in April of 2017 following 13 very happy years at Christ Church Fulwood in Preston.  As well as being Vicar here he is also Rector of Ribchester where he lives. Prior to that he was Diocesan Youth Officer for Blackburn Diocese.  He first arrived in Lancashire as Lay Youth Worker in Lancaster before getting ordained and served a Curacy at St Gabriel Blackburn. Alongside Parish Ministry Brian was a Vocations Advisor for the Diocese and is a National Selector helping to discern future Ordained ministry in the Church.  In 2015 he was made an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral. He is Married to Susan who is a nursery teacher and they have two grown up children and a granddaughter. Apart from all things Church, Brian is a Season Ticket holder for Manchester United!

John Redmayne, Churchwarden at St John’s.

John was appointed as Churchwarden in 2012. He represents the strong agricultural presence in both Parishes as he farms in the area. He and his wife Janet have been regular attendees at St John’s for much of their married life. They have two children.

Melanie Whillis, Churchwarden at St John’s.

Melanie was appointed Churchwarden in 2015. She and her husband, Stewart, have been attending St John’s since 1997 and they both add to the musical experience of the Church as Stewart is the Organist at St John’s and Melanie is a member of the choir. They have two grown up children.

Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The PCC consists of clergy, Churchwardens, Deanery Synod representatives and lay members, who are elected by the parishioners. Lay members typically serve a 3 year term and can stand for re-election at the end of that term. Our current PCC members are:

  • Canon Revd. Brian McConkey
  • John Redmayne, Churchwarden
  • Melanie Whillis, Churchwarden
  • Barbara Wilkinson, Treasurer
  • Kath Molyneaux, PCC Secretary
  • Michelle Doughty, Safegaurding Officer 
  • Joanne Brown
  • Stewart Whillis
  • Lorraine Kirkham

Geoff Dearden

Revd. Geoff Dearden, Retired Priest.

Geoff was licensed as a lay-reader for both our Churches in 1994 and was then made a Deacon in 2006 and ordained as a Priest the following year. Although he is now retired he is a member of both congregations and takes services at our Churches on a regular basis. Geoff is married to Ann and between them they have four children, all now married. He is a retired lecturer in Building Studies.