The Team

Binsey Mission Community Team

We are Christians who seek to proclaim Jesus as Lord in Word and Deed in this beautiful part of the Lake District:
Through a sustainable focus of Christian witness and worship

Served by a faithful and vibrant group of Christians
Ministered to by clearly defined and authorised leadership

The Binsey Mission Community comprises twelve Church Of England churches and one Methodist chapel, forming one parish, extending to about 250 square miles of the some of the Northern Fells and extending to the Solway Plain. (Map of the area)


We are led and served by these Ordained Clergy who are Licensed by the Bishop of Carlisle to all in the Binsey Mission Community.

Ordained Clergy

We look forward to welcoming The Rev Stephen Banks – Team Rector & Mission Community Leader from the 28th July 2019
The Rev Stephen Banks will licensed as Team Rector on Sunday 28th July 2019 by Bishop James.

Contact Stephen by email from July 28th on


33469268_10155331335101746_5030020639126192128_nThe Revd Peter Gilroy – Team Vicar 

Peter, and his wife Bridget, have lived all over the world before joining our team in July 2018. 

Contact Peter by phone on 01697 371 430 or email


clare-speddingThe Revd Clare Spedding – (Retired)
Clare lives with her husband John, they have two married sons, James and Jack.

Contact Clare by phone on 017687 75356.


Licensed Laity

We are blessed with a number of excellent Readers who take services across the team. We also have Emeritus Readers.

Readers have completed a long and difficult training program in theology and liturgy, virtually identical to the first two years of training for Ordained Clergy.

As the name implies Emeritus Readers are appointed on merit and after long service to the Church.

Mrs Hilary Chaddock
Mr Graham Cox
Mr John Spedding
Emeritus Reader

Honarary Assistant Clergy

Several retired clergy have chosen to live in our Team and attend services here. From time to time, and to help cope with the huge workload that this big team represents to our Rector and Vicar, our retired clergy will take a service.

The Revd Canon Michael Braithwaite

Rev Clare Spedding

Others in our Team:

Our Church Wardens (Church of England) and Church Stewards (Methodist) play a vital role in our team. Their details can be found on the back of the Binsey Link magazine. Copies can be found at the back of every church or click here for the online version.

Safeguarding Officer: Jean McGrady t:01768 776184

Binsey Link magazine editor: Emma Chapman Hard copies to 17 Portland Square, Workington, CA14 4BW

Team Treasurer: Brain Stephenson t: 07525 371809

Dementia Enablers: David and Cathy Rooney t: 01697371866

Pastoral Care co-ordinator: Helen Wallage t:01693 71504

Team Administrator: Catriona Kinghan t: 01900 828651 Working hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am -3pm