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.Apart from all things Church Brian is a Season Ticket holder for Manchester United!

Karen Herschell

Karen Herschell, Curate to All Hallows, St John's and St Wilfrid's

We are delighted to welcome Karen to our parishes in July as our new curate. She is living in the Vicarage at St John's, Hurst Green with her husband Stuart and son Xander. We welcome them all to our parishes and hope they will be very happy during their time in the Ribble Valley.

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 ben 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.

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.

Revd. Canon Roger Smith, Retired Priest.

Roger was Ordained in 1980 and has served in Canterbury, Exeter and Blackburn Diocese. He retired in 2015 after a great ministry in Haslingden where he was also Area Dean for Accrington. He is an Hon Canon of the Cathedral.  During a Vacancy for an Archdeacon Roger stepped up and supported the Blackburn Archdeaconry in their Leadership.  He helped us out during our Vacancy and we are thrilled that he still wants to be involved in leading worship for us. 

Jude Turner, Parish Administrator.

Jude works in our Parish Office, located at the Vicarage in Hurst Green, 1 afternoon a week – usually Thursday afternoon.  She manages the administrative aspects of the Parishes and is a point of contact for a range of queries including enquiries about Weddings and Christening. She can be contacted at ahsj2014@outlook.com