The Nadder Valley Team
St John’s is served by a team of clergy who take services during the week as well as at weekends.
Revd Dr Graham Southgate
I serve as Team Rector in the Nadder Valley Benefice, and am based in Fovant, a few miles downstream from Tisbury. Having trained initially as a biologist, I gained a Doctorate in the subject from the NE Surrey College of Technology. I then trained for the priesthood at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and took up my first clerical appointment as curate in the Tisbury Benefice (as it was then known) from 1993 until 1997. I served livings in the Chalke Valley and at Edington Priory Church before returning to the Nadder Valley Benefice as Rector in 2011.
Revd Elaine Brightwell
Elaine has been appointed as a Team Vicar in the Nadder Valley Benefice. She will be based in Dinton and comes to us from Somerset where she was the Associate Priest in a benefice of four rural parishes of Pilton, Croscombe, North Wootton, and Dinder. During this time Elaine also worked as Manager of the Bristol Methodist Centre – a day centre for homeless and vulnerable adults. Elaine spent her teenage years in Trowbridge. She has worked abroad for about fifteen years supporting aid agencies working with refugees from Cambodia and Afghanistan.
Revd Mark Hayter
As an Associate Priest, I have parish priest responsibility for Hindon with Chicklade and Pertwood. I moved here from Herefordshire in 2010 with my wife Sally and have two grown-up daughters, both married. My main hobbies are music, gardening and archery. Before ordination I taught Spanish and French and was also a former international oarsman and rowing coach. I was ordained in Hereford Cathedral 2012 and have a particular interest in Celtic Spirituality.
Revd Joanna Naish
Joanna is an Associate Priest in the Benefice. After studying Russian, Joanna worked as a language teacher in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. She trained for the priesthood at Sarum College, was ordained in 2009 and served her curacy in the Parish of the Woodford Valley with Archers Gate, and then worked there and in Amesbury as Associate priest. Jo moved to Tisbury in early 2017 with her husband Geoff; they have three grown up children. Jo is interested in art, history and music and loves being outdoors, spending free time walking whenever possible.
Revd Richard Wren
After a long career flying with the Royal Navy I was accepted for training to the priesthood at Sarum Theological College. I served as a non-stipendiary priest in Tisbury between 1990 and 2001, followed by four years as Vicar of Tisbury. I retired officially in 2005 but still continue to take some services and along with my wife Heather, play an active part in the church community. I am responsible for training our team of Lay Pastoral Assistants. I’ve also been persuaded to record some of my short talks and you can click here to listen.