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.
We are thrilled that Revd Dr Jonathan Rowe was instituted as our new rector on 16 June and will shortly post a photo and biography below.
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 since 2005 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 six young grandchildren.
Revd Liz Stuart, Associate Priest
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 Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the university.
Liz was one of the first people to study for ordination through the Winchester Pathway, was a curate in this parish from 2019 and in January 2022 was licensed as our Associate Priest. She is also a bank chaplain for Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust. Liz 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. She enjoys walking and gardening.