HOLY CROSS PARISH CHURCH
- Mr Duncan Smith
- Mr Roy Milne
Churchwardens are responsible with the Rector for the day to day functioning of the parish; these responsibilities include building maintenance, personnel matters, finance and administration. Churchwardens are also responsible for keeping order in the church and have powers of arrest in the church and churchyard!
Rector - Rev Christine Broad From February 2019
Christine was baptised at Holy Cross Church in 1964 and enjoyed being brought to Sunday School at a
young child. In the 1980's she moved away from the Wirral to find work as a teacher in South Cheshire and
settled in the Stoke-on-Trent area where she lived and worked for the next 29 years. During that time
she met and married Nick, two children were born and Christine later perceived a call to ordained ministry.
Christine was ordained in 2006 and served in a number of parishes before returning to the Wirral as
Associate Vicar of Oxton in 2016 and now has returned to Holy Cross.
These are the present members of the Ministry Team:
Revd Josie Tuplin is our new curate at Holy Cross having been ordained on 30th June 2019 at Chester
Cathedral after studying at St Mellitus' College in Liverpool. She is originally from the West Riding and moved to
Merseyside in the 1970s to study at Liverpool University. Josie is married to Christopher and they celebrated their
fortieth wedding anniversary last year. They have two grown-up children. Josie, who used to be a teacher at St
Anselm's College in Birkenhead, has previously worshiped in the parish of Oxton St Saviour for 38 years and will
complete her training here at Woodchurch.
Revd Peter Mills, now an Honorary Assistant Priest, has worshipped at Holy Cross for over 50 years. After a career in
local government, he served as Chester Diocesan Secretary until retirement in 1997and was ordained two years later. Over the years Peter has held a number of offices at Holy Cross, including church warden and treasurer. A Londoner, he is married to Gwyneth and they have five adult children.
Mr Paul Jackson, Pastoral Worker, was born in Birkenhead and until recently had lived most of his life in Woodchurch. He was drawn to church following early retirement from Wirral Education service, and after two years training was licensed in 2006. Currently Paul has particular responsibility for baptism preparation, home Communions and the bereavement group.
Mrs Jan Lupton, Pastoral Worker, was also born in Birkenhead. She trained as a nurse and later managed a care home. Jan joined us in 2008, completed her training the following year and is licensed to the Hospital Chaplaincy as well as Holy Cross. Her particular responsibility is bereavement care. She is also a talented artist. Jan is married to Brian and has four adult children.
The Team is supported by Mrs Sue Treanor, who brings to the job of Parish Secretary her skills as an administrator. Sue is the first port-of-call for baptism applications, funeral arrangements and general enquiries. Her job is something like the triage receptionist you find at some doctors’ surgeries (we believe she’s better!), and when she’s not at the Parish Office she has the mobile phone with her
We mustn’t forget Sue’s small dog, Rosie, who comes to the Office with her. Rosie is well known to frequent visitors who are greeted by a wagging tail and lots of love, especially if they have a doggie treat to share!