Staff and others at Trinity Churches
Staff and others at Trinity Churches
Phil Cansdale is vicar of Trinity Churches, a role which includes leading the staff team and overseeing different congregations across Trinity Churches. He is also Area Dean of Shrewsbury, which gives him the added joys of working with colleagues and churches across the town and beyond. Originally from Bristol and coming via Pakistan, Oxford, Canterbury and Wolverhampton, he has been in Shrewsbury since 2009. Married to Tracey – who works locally as a primary school head teacher – he has three children who seem far too grown up. Phil has many aspirations in life. Ideally he’d love to play the piano like Jools Holland, cook like Jamie Oliver, and explore the world like Bear Grylls. Given the extreme likelihood of failing in all three, he will settle for being a loving husband, a great dad, and a fruitful church leader.
Fi Iddon is the Associate Vicar at Trinity Churches, alongside a role as Chaplain to University Centre Shrewsbury. She lives in Meole Brace with her husband Simon, who works at Meole Brace Secondary School, and they have two children – Rebekah and Josiah. The family love being part of the local community. Fi delights to see people of all ages discovering more about the ways in which Jesus has called them to live for him in their every day lives. When she isn’t working, Fi loves family time, being in the Shropshire hills or drinking tea with friends.
Valerie Pitt is an Associate Minister at Trinity Churches. She has a particular role in overseeing the 9am congregation at Holy Trinity but also leads worship across the parish. Valerie champions the cause of the elderly in the parish and keeps an eye on our thriving monthly Trinity Table lunch. Valerie is married to John and they have five children and an increasing number of grandchildren. Valerie also enjoys singing, gardening, walking and spending time with their family.
Charles Ruxton is an Associate Minister at Trinity Churches. Sometimes seen as old and wise, he is actually rather childish, though you have to get to know him to see that (ask his wife, Sylvia). He is known to spend time wondering how it might be possible to pray, as well as actually praying. He earns his living by running a successful small business doing pollution testing and cleanup and spends spare time with family, whistling folk tunes, hill-walking and going sailing when he can. Sylvia and Charles have a small retreat house attached to their home.
Cerys Hughes is the Children and Families Minister at Trinity Churches
Originally from North Wales, Cerys now lives in Telford with her three teenage children, a dog and a tortoise! Cerys enjoys exploring new and creative ways to be church together and is passionate about making church accessible and engaging for people of all ages. In her spare time Cerys enjoys road trips (particularly to the sea!), charity shops, good quality tea and cake and spending time with family and friends.
Craig Silcock is responsible for Youth and Young Adults’ Ministry. Originally from Shrewsbury, Craig moved away for 10 years before returning in 2018 alongside wife Emily and their children Bethany, Hannah and Olivia who was born here. They share a passion for young people and inter-generational ministry! Craig and Emily love eating dinner with friends, board games, social sports (especially Frisbee and French cricket!!) and movies.
Carol Booles is the pre-school worker. She is married to Keith, they have lived in Shrewsbury for many years and their three children have grown up here. She runs the toddler groups First Steps (Radbrook) and Trinity Tots (Meole Brace). Her role includes supporting those families bringing their children for baptism and when required she runs various crèches for outreach activities. Carol has recently been authorised as a lay minister with pastoral responsibilities.
Judith Clarkson is the Lay Chaplain at Meole Brace Primary and has lived in Shrewsbury and been a member of Trinity Churches with, husband Steve, for over 20 years. She has 3 grown up children who have all flown the nest and spread far and wide. She held the role of Children’s Worker for the last twelve years and now is enjoying retirement, while volunteering as our Chaplain to Meole Brace Primary. Walking in our beautiful countryside or playing music are the ways she spends her spare time when not visiting family and friends and she can often be found in bandstands during the summer months either playing the clarinet or wielding the baton trying to keep order.
Keith Moore is the Pioneer Community Minister. Originally hailing from the Isle of Man, he settled in Shrewsbury nearly 3 years ago after working with Youth With A Mission for 10 years. He has a passion for talking to people about Jesus, teaching the Bible and discussing the big questions of life. He enjoys watching superhero movies, reading detective stories, and is hoping to write a book. He is even hopeful that when its finished someone might read it!
Amal Moore is the Pioneer Community Minister. She comes from the land of the Pharaohs, the Great Pyramid, and home of the longest river in the world. She has a heart for discipleship and reaching out to people from different backgrounds, groups, and cultures within the community. She enjoys hospitality and entertaining, and is a big fan of Liverpool FC and loves her cat, Cookie Dough.
Kevin is our Operations Manager who works Monday through to Friday, and is responsible for the smooth running of the ‘engine’ of the Trinity Churches ‘ship’ in close collaboration with and under the guidance of the Vicar, the Church Wardens, the Honorary Treasurer and of course the PCC. This includes financial, personnel, property, contractual, insurance and policy issues plus a wide variety of other things that form the life of the ‘engine-room’ of this vibrant and busy Church. He works closely with the Church Office and Trinity Centre teams run by the Parish Administrator, the Finance Officer, and the Events Manager, without all of whose outstanding contributions this ‘ship’ could easily veer off course!
Jenny Jones is our Finance Officer who works 10 hours a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. She has worked in Finance for many years, previously with Shropshire Council and Shropshire Youth Association. She is a local “girl” having lived in Shrewsbury most of her life, and attended the Priory School. She is married to Brian and they have a grown up daughter named Claire. She enjoys walking in the Shropshire Countryside, spending time with family & friends, and helping others.
Shannon Commins is Communications Assistant. She has lived in Shrewsbury and been a member of Holy Trinity since her birth in 1995 with her mother Helen (Events Manager). She has played a number of roles within the church including leading childrens groups, participating in worship leading, working as a casual Welcome Assistant and volunteering within the church office. Shannon has recently moved out of the parish with her husband Martin and daughter Willow but continues to view Holy Trinity as her home. She enjoys family time, playing games and riding horses.
Helen Hinton is Events Manager at Trinity Churches. Helen grew up in Lincolnshire and moved around the Midlands before meeting and marrying husband Mike (Maintenance Supervisor) and settling in Shrewsbury in 1988. She is a Mum and a Gran and has been a member of Holy Trinity since 1994. Helen began working at the Trinity Centre as a volunteer Welcome Assistant when it opened in 2008 and has grown into her current role of Events Manager. She enjoys woolcraft, music and spending time with her ever-growing family and her three cats.
Carol Booles is one of our Senior Welcome Assistants for the Trinity Centre. She is married to Keith and they have three children. She works as part of the team offering hospitality and welcome at the Trinity Centre and finds the role varied but very rewarding. Being a Welcome Assistant gives Carol the opportunity to share God’s love with people through our actions of serving them.
Corinne Ashton is one of our Senior Welcome Assistants for the Trinity Centre. She has lived in Meole Brace for over 30 years, with twenty years of youth and community work experience and a passion for people to know God’s love for themselves. Corinne enjoys providing welcome and hospitality in Jesus name since the Centre opened it’s doors in 2008. She has honed her self-discipline by resisting the many opportunities to eat the cakes available in the Centre and is often seen cleaning, chatting and praying for Centre users. She is also a member of the Trinity Centre Management Committee. Corinne is passionate about equipping the church and youth in prayer and prophecy at both local and national level. She enjoys having fun, walking in the Lake District, swimming, skiing and cooking and has three poems published.