Joy began her duties as Chaplain to Whirlow Spirituality Centre on March 1st 2015. Joy is a Methodist minister from the Sheffield Circuit, and so her appointment is significant, lying as it does with our Anglican partner All Saints, Ecclesall. Her previous 13 year ministry was as founder and minister with pastoral oversight of The Terminus Initiative on Lowedges, Sheffield 8 - a partnership of the local Anglican, Free Evangelical, Methodist and United Reformed churches. Before training for ordained ministry, Joy worked in the NHS and Department of Health. Joy is a spiritual accompanier and has co-led the Diocesan Art of Spiritual Accompaniment course for the last 8 years, Joy lives in Greenhill with her husband (the) Brian Adams, they have 2 sons, Nathan and Simeon and four grandchildren,
City of Sanctuary Sheffield
City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of welcome and hospitality for refugees and asylum-seekers. In 2007, with the support of the City Council, Sheffield became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers and refugees—a city that takes pride in the welcome it offers to people in need of safety.
Read more about its work on their website: https://sheffield.cityofsanctuary.org/
Jeremy is a spiritual accompanier, Godly Player and—since January 2016—a Deep Talker who finds it a privilege to help create a space where people can discern more clearly what their story is about.
Jeremy is currently serving as Anglican chaplain to the University of Sheffield.
Community of the Resurrection
Br Jacob CR arrived at the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield in 2010. He is on the Mirfield Centre team, working mainly with school and college groups. When not studying for his BD or working in the house, he enjoys on afternoon walk or a coffee with a friend.
Br Marc CR is a novice of the Communityof the Resurrection where he has lived for just over eighteen months. Before this he worked for ten years as a teaching assistant in a boys' secondary school in East Yorkshire. He graduated in linguistics with literature and is interested in the language of liturgy, the autistic spectrum and the Church's approach to the ministry of people with learning difficulties.
Teresa is a retired nurse and health visitor who has worked as psychotherapist and counsellor, mostly in the voluntary sector.
Rev Dr Chris Ellis is a Baptist minister and a former President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. He has ministered in various Baptist and ecumenical congregations in England and Wales, has served as principal of a theological college and published in the areas of spirituality, theology, ecumenism and worship. As well as preaching and theological teaching, Chris currently ministers as a spiritual director and is a keen amateur artist. His website on art and spirituality can be found at: crammedwithheaven.org
After a career as a BBC journalist, Michael became a specialist in the work of Henri J. M. Nouwen, the international pastoral theologian and prolific author. He was the first student in Europe to research a doctorate on Nouwen, the subject of his first biography. Michael gives homilies, talks, retreats and spiritual direction across the denominational divide. He is the author/editor of a range of books which blend journalism with ancient and contemporary spiritual insights, including a portrait of the first official victim of 9.11, Father Mychal Judge, the New York Franciscan fire chaplain who died in the attacks on the Twin Towers.
Nick is married to Pat and they live in Ludlow, Shropshire. Nick is Ministry and Spiritual Development Officer in the Hereford Diocese. Before he was Bishop of Sheffield’s Adviser in Spirituality and Chaplain to Whirlow Grange for ten years. Ignatius of Loyola has been an important guide on his spiritual journey. Nick's website is www.soulspark.org.uk
Noel Moules is a thinker, teacher and activist for peace, justice and deep ecology. He is creator and director of the Workshop programme for applied spirituality, (See - http://workshop.org.uk) a founder member of the Anabaptist Network UK, an Associate Tutor at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham and the is author of 'Fingerprints of Fire, Footprints of Peace’.The biblical vision of shalom underpins his theological understanding. Born in India to missionary parents he spent his childhood in the foothills and forests of the Himalaya. Married with three adult children, Noel is an ethical vegan, loves interfaith conversation, world music and every kind of wilderness.
We Who Sing, Prays Twice' Team
Gill Greenwood has trained as a natural voice singing practitioner and is a member of the Contemplative Fire Community.Nick Cocking has sung in music groups at a number of churches, most recently at Christ Church, Pitsmoor. David Beddow enjoys working with the St Clement’s Church Choir in Horsley, Derbyshire. Linda Batten has enjoyed We Who Sing evenings for the past 4 years and, as a Quaker, found them peaceful, fulfilling and uplifting. She also enjoys teaching singing. Gill Upham has been coming to the Whirlow evenings since 2013 and they have become an essential element of her spiritual wellbeing. Gill sings with a natural voice choir.
Mark is a Riso-Hudson Certified teacher (with honours) andan Enneagram Institute AuthorisedTeacher. He has led several successful Enneagram workshops at Whirlow
After 23 years as a doctor in the NHS and academia, he now works as a trainer and facilitator. His website is markpickin.co.uk/enneagram
Graham Pigott is an Anglican priest who has retired from parish ministry and now works in spiritual accompaniment, supervision, retreat giving, leading quiet days, and spirituality teaching and training. When not involved in these activities he enjoys walking, music and art (looking, painting and printmaking), and having time to read, reflect and explore.
His art work, which he sells to support Christian charities, can be viewed at www.grahampigott.co.uk.
Angela combined a career as a university lecturer (in Spanish) with working in Prayer Accompaniment. A founder-member of the Lancashire Spirituality Network, she has for many years been involved in offering Weeks of Guided Prayer in parishes and at Tabor Carmelite Retreat House in Preston. Since retiring from academic work in 2011, Angela has trained as a teacher of Mindfulness meditation and offers regular courses and practice in Mindfulness. A team member at Tabor, Angela offers Spiritual Direction, contributes to Schools of Prayer and other training and retreat work. She recently completed a new translation of “The Interior Castle” by Teresa of Avila which is awaiting publication. Married to John and with five grandchildren, family life has a high priority in Angela’s life.
Adrian is a poet, writer and amateur photographer who lives in the Rivelin Valley; IHe has studied theology, organisation development and is now working on a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Sheffield University. He has written two books of poetry, one of prose and edited a collection of Poetry by the two writing groups he facilitates. For more details go to www.adriangrscott.com
Revd Ric Stott is a Methodist pioneer minister, artist and spiritual accompanist based in Sheffield where he explores creativity, community and spirituality in his ministry in the heart of the city. He is currently studying for an MFA in fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Read more about Ric on his website www.Iaskforwonder.com
Janice is a Spiritual Director and Workshop Leader at Footprints Connection as well as being part of the team at Whirlow Spirituality Centre. She embraces a contemplative approach to spirituality and brings her creative gifts to this way of experiencing God. Married to John for 42 years with 2 adult daughters and a son-in-law, her interests are reading, writing, arts, crafts and lingering with good conversation over a meal with family and friends.
Eileen Turner is a priest and adult educator who in retirement has returned to her roots in Sheffield. She enjoys leading Quiet days and Workshops is involved with ministry in local churches and at Whirlow, helping people to know God better and to think through their Christian faith. She is widowed with two adult sons and three granddaughters.
Sheila Walters has been involved in Parish Ministry for many years. She is a member of Inspire Sheffield who follow the spirituality of Ignatius and offer weeks of accompanied Prayer WAP to groups in churches. She accompanies individuals on their Spiritual Journey and is also member of the Team at Whirlow and belongs to Contemplative Fire.
Alison Woodman is a Regional Director for Community Bible Study (CBS) and has attended the Crookes CBS class for the last 19 years. She is a Sheffield lass with a passion for lives changed through their relationship with God aided by studying the Bible.