Keighley Parish currently has three full time Anglican posts; a Team Rector and two Team Vicars. We have recently been through a Parish Review and are in the process of forming new roles for the parish clergy. These new posts will be advertised in the autumn.
Revd Canon Mike Cansdale
The Team Rector Revd Canon Mike Cansdale holds the strategic oversight of ministry across the town and leads the Keighley Parish team. He is the senior priest at Keighley Shared Church and leads the ministry team for St Mark’s Utley. In these first years as a united parish the priorities have been to manage the transition and to develop the vision of how the ministry and mission in our united parish should grow. Mike has ministered in the wider Keighley District for the past thirteen years and knows the town well. He is married to Elspeth, who is starting as Curate in Oxenhope in July 2020 and they have four children.
Revd Natasha Thomas
Revd Natasha Thomas is the Curate licensed to the parish, she joined us in June 2018 and is based at Keighley Shared Church and since summer 2020 has taken on a greater role in leading the team at St Mark's Church. Natasha has a background in voluntary sector management and a passion for issues of isolation and social justice.
Appointed in April 2019 is our Operations Manager, Paul Fleming who brings experience and strategic planning to the team and whose purpose is to help turn our vision to action and release the clergy team for ministry.
Mission Apprentice for Estates
Eric Yaffey, Mission Apprentice for Estates was appointed in September 2019 to work across the Estates in Keighley working closely with Revd Graham Potter our Pioneer minister.
Mission Apprentice for Town Centre
Sarah Rose was appointed as Mission Apprentice for Town Centre outreach in October 2019. Sarah is based in the town centre and works with individuals in the town centre and developing partnerships with other compassion organisations.
Mission Apprentice for Children and Families
Adam Robinson has been appointed to be a Mission Apprentice working with children and families in the parish. Adam will be starting in January 2020 and comes with a wealth of experience in schools and working with children.
Ros Clarke is our newly appointed Admin Assistant. Ros starts in January 2020 and will be working closely with Paul Fleming in developing the admin systems and structures we have to make them more effective.