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Who We Are - Shared Ministry Network

Who We Are

Meet the people


Barbara Davidson is an active member of the congregation at St John of Beverley church in Northumberland where I have been involved in local ministry development and the encouragement of lay involvement in ministry generally for many years. I recently stood down from the chair of the Newcastle diocesan task group on local ministry development and remain part of a guiding coalition reviewing rural ministry. I am excited to be part of the shared ministry network and helping to form the next conference in 2019.

Lisa Tulfer is the Bishop’s Officer for Lay Learning and Formation, in the Diocese of Ely.  Her role includes lay ministry development, resources for discipleship, and opportunities for learning and growth.  Lisa has previously worked for the Diocese of Bath and Wells as a parish consultant, and for Monmouth Diocese (Church in Wales) where she led lay ministry development and education for discipleship.  She has a particular interest in the rural church. Lisa looks after the monthly news to the network

Sharon Bavington moved to Bradford in 1994 to work in the Dept. of Archaeological Sciences lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She attends an inner city parish church, alongside her husband Alastair, who was born and raised in Pakistan, and their three, now grown up children. Sharon has been a Reader for twelve years, and since leaving the University she has been involved in Reader training, training for mission and ministry in multi-faith parishes and mentoring young leaders. She currently heads up her churches outreach project teaching ESOL to the women in her parish, and is the Lay Training Officer for the Bradford Episcopal Area of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.  She has a passion for whole-life discipleship and encouraging both clergy and lay together to growth in faith, discover their gifts and be released into mission. 

Michael Poole is a Follower of Jesus. Interests: Words, Music, Bob Dylan and photography.
Subject to funny terns! A man of few words he looks after the agendas and minutes of meetings.

Colin McCarty is getting on a bit – he was a reader for 25 years and then a priest for 25 years. He is a retired self-supporting minister who still works full-time running a small company. For 5 years he was the Anglican priest at a Local Ecumenical Project in Red Lodge Suffolk and was invited to become an associate minister in the Methodist Church. Until he reached 70 years he was the Bishop’s Officer for SSMs in St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese. Being on the committee of the national Shared Ministry Network is wonderful for his growth in learning about ministry and mission. He is the conference administrator.

Linda Church was ordained Deacon 1991 and priested 1994. Previous to that Linda worked in the NHS as a physiotherapist and general manager of a Community Hospital. As a priest she has served in coalfield communities, as Team Rector of a market town and in a multi-parish benefices. ‘I am firmly committed to shared leadership and ministry/mission: using the gifts of all who are called’. Linda’s role in the Ely diocese is ‘enabling shared ministry’.