Rev Philip Wagstaff writes : I was appointed as Superintendent Minister for the Circuit in March 2016. I have responsibility for the Churches at Crewkerne, Coke Memorial at South Petherton, Kingsbury Episcopi in Somerset and Netherhay in Dorset as well as working in some of the villages in between, including Martock.
I was born in the West Midlands at Kidderminster in Worcestershire and lived as a student in Manchester graduating in 1980. I then moved Bamber Bridge near Preston when I worked as a Pastoral Assistant followed by an appointment as a Pastoral assistant at Ramsey in Cambridgeshire.
Following acceptance by the Methodist Church as a candidate for Ministry, Catherine and I went to Queens College in Birmingham where I undertook my initial ministerial training course exploring theology at Birmingham University. Following college we went in 1986 to Wimbotsham near to Downham Market in Norfolk, being ordained at the London conference in 1988. In 1991 Catherine and I together with our two children moved to Dovercourt near Harwich in Essex, and in 2001 we moved to Okehampton in Devon where we stayed for 14 1/2 years. While we were in Devon Catherine was accepted as a candidate and commuted to Birmingham as a student at Queens college for two years. She was ordained in 2016 at the Methodist Conference in London and she has been a minister in the Teignbridge Circuit for the past three years.
I have shared ministry with many people in rural areas over the years and I am currently the District Rural Officer. My emphasis in ministry is commuity development and mission especially from a rural/market town perspective with a pastoral focus. As part of my exploration of ministry I graduated from Cliff College with a Diploma in Third Age Mission and Ministry in 2015.
It has been good to meet with members and friends of the Circuit and to learn about the variety of communties and churches in this area and to explore ways of working together now and in the future.