Clergy & staff

Our team of clergy and staff are always pleased to hear from you with any queries, ideas or needs you may have. Please contact them using the links below.

Revd Canon Peter Seal, Rector

Peter studied theology at Exeter University from 1977 to 1980 and trained for ordination at Lincoln Theological College and the English College in Rome. He served as a curate in the Wareham Team Ministry in Dorset, where he and his wife Julia met and were married.

They moved to Winchester in 1987. Peter was chaplain at King Alfred’s College and then vicar of St Luke’s, Stanmore, for 10 years. He served as rural dean of Winchester from 2000 to 2007 and has been the rector of St Matthew with St Paul and chaplain of Peter Symonds College since 2000. Peter enjoys walking, cycling, golf and DIY. He and Julia have two adult children. For more about what Peter believes and how he sees his ministry, please click on the Our vision section.

Revd Mary Copping, Assistant Priest

Mary began her working life as a teacher. She then travelled with her husband, who was in the army, living in Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Germany and various places in England. She worked in social services for several years as a day-care officer for under-fives, and later as an administrator in a local architect’s practice.

For many years Mary was a licensed Reader (a qualification now renamed licensed lay minister) before being ordained as a priest in 2013. She has been the children’s & youth work co-ordinator at St Paul’s for nine years and has served as chaplain on two Mother’s Union holidays. Her interests include swimming, badminton, Sudoku, cryptic crosswords, playing the guitar and going to the gym. She has two adult children and four young grandchildren.

Revd Liz Stuart, Curate

Liz studied theology at Jesus College, Oxford, before going on to do a doctorate at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, on Roman Catholic reactions to the Oxford Movement and Anglican schemes for reunion. She taught theology in Plymouth and Wales before moving to Winchester in 1998 to become Professor of Christian Theology at King Alfred’s College (now the University of Winchester). Ten years later she entered senior management and is now First Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Liz is one of the first people to study for ordination through the Winchester Pathway. She is professed in the Single Consecrated Life, a way of life recognised and authorised by the Church of England in which a person lives according to a rule approved by the bishop and takes a vow of celibacy. Liz enjoys walking and gardening.

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