David Robinson - Vicar
I have lived most of my life in West Yorkshire, although
originally coming from Leicester. I attended local schools
in Bradford, obtained a science degree from Durham
University and then entered the Probation Service. I worked
in a hostel for two years before obtaining a professional
qualification and M.A. in Social Work from Leicester
University. I returned to Bradford to work as a Probation
Officer based at the City Courts, but covering the large
Holmewood estate. I later specialized in conciliation work
for the Divorce Courts.
I became a Christian when I was 15 years old, I was active
in my local Church before being called into the ordained
ministry. I was first a Curate and then Vicar in four
Churches in Shipley, Keighley, Bramhope and now Chapel
Allerton. I am married to Susan and we have two grown up
interests include architecture, the history of sailing and
the art, history and food of Northern
'new' Curate, I came later in life to the ordained
ministry, as up until July 2009 I worked full time as an
adviser with Halifax Bank PLC. I had been in the banking
industry for 23 years but decided to retire early to devote
more time to my studies (BA in Thelogy and Pastoral
Studies, Leeds University) at the Mirfield Centre and
ultimately Parish Ministry.
Since August 2009 I have worked as the Personal Assistant
to the Director of Mission Resourcing, at the diocesan
office in St Mary's Street. You can find me there four
mornings per week. I feel really blessed to be able to
combine this part time post with self supporting ministry
and I am now beginning to establish a pattern for that
ministry at St. Matthew's. Having now served my
'probationary' year as Deacon, I was ordained Priest at a
wonderful service and celebration of ministry on 3rd July
I have a passion for all things Yorkshire, as a proud
Yorkshire lass, born in Middlesbrough I have lived
in Hull, Beverley, Wakefield, Garforth and now
Cookridge, emigrating to London only for a brief
spell. I also have a passion for fair trade
chocolate. The greatest loves of my life are my two
'children' Helen and Jonathan, of whom I am very proud.
Having been brought up as a cradle Anglican but lapsed
during college years it was not until after Helen was born
that I returned to church and the rest they say is history;
although I ignored my calling to ordination for a
number of years on the grounds that I cannot sing. Please
don't ask me to sing. You will regret it!
It is a joy and a privilege to serve God and the good
people of Chapel Allerton with the congregation of St.
Matthews and the wider church. I have much to learn and
look forward to deepening my knowledge and love of God
as we develop on our journey in faith and love together.
Jesus said: 'I give you a new commandment, that you love
one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love
one another. By this everyone will know that you are my
disciples, if you have love one for another.' John 13: 34 -
An honorary member of the team. Ordained deacon in 1948 and
priest in 1949 at Norwich Cathedral. I have worked in
parishes in Great Yarmouth, Hull, York, St. Chad's in
Leeds, and Drayton and Felthorpe near Norwich, and as
part-time hospital chaplain at Clifton, York, and Drayton.
I retired from full-time ministry in 1991. I am a member of
the congregation as was my late wife, Pauline, and I
exercise ordained ministry from time to time here at St.
Sanderson - Reader
I have been worshipping at St. Matthew's for over 20 years,
ever since I moved into the area when I got married - well,
that's not strictly true; I was actually baptised at St.
Matthew's as a baby and so my connections stretch back
further than I care to remember! I grew up in Alwoodley,
attended St. Barnabas Church and came back to St. Matthew's
via a time studying in Sheffield.
Over the years my involvement in the worshipping community
of St. Matthew's has grown. I have been encouraged and
enabled by the support of others. Alongside this my faith
and trust in God has deepened despite or perhaps even
because of times of sadness and questioning. I feel both
excited and privileged to be able to serve Christ in this
Oliver - Reader
1955, I was licensed as a Reader in October 2009. Coming to
this point of commitment was a journey of discovery for me
– of the joy of learning and receiving (I am now beginning
an MA in Theology and Religious Studies) as well as the joy
of ministering and giving (in a busy parish such as St.
Matthew’s). Although in my fifties, I feel very
As a boy I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church, then as a
young adult I worshipped in the Baptist Church for 18 years
before joining the Church of England in 2000. During this
life journey I have been greatly influenced by the
spiritualities of Northumbria, Iona, Taize and L’Arche, and
I see myself as a deeply ecumenical Christian who rejoices
in the diversity of our denominations, here in Chapel
Allerton and Meanwood - as together we seek God’s face.
I have been very happily married to Rosie (whom I met at
College) since 1982. We have so much in common – apart from
our shared Christian faith we are both keen musicians. Both
of us work in education with people with learning
difficulties, and both are members of the diocesan retreats
group for adults with a learning disability. We are also
both involved with young people’s groups at St. Matthew’s:
Rosie co-leads the junior confirmation group, and I co-lead
a youth cell for 12-13 year olds.
One of the joys of St. Matthew’s for me is to see the
flowering of the life of God as lived among our wonderfully
diverse congregation. I rejoice in the creativity of our
young people as seen in the SMASH group, the Family
Services and the Youth Eucharist services. I also rejoice
when I am part of a family of people worshipping in the
Parish Eucharist whilst also having fun together in the
annual Barn Dance. Long may it continue.
Spinks - Reader Emeritus
Following 17 years of service, Sheelagh has now retired as
reader and becomes Reader Emeritus.