Keighley Parish has three full time Anglican posts; a Team Rector and two Team Vicars. Each has responsibility for one of the churches in Keighley and a role as part of the town centre or town wide ministry operating out of Keighley Shared Church (KSC).
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 Dr Jonathan Pritchard
Team Vicar - All Saints
Revd Dr Jonathan Pritchard is Team Vicar responsible for All Saints and holds the post of Town Chaplain. He offers Chaplaincy to organisations in the town such as Keighley Cougars, takes a lead on Civic services in the parish and under the banner of ‘United Keighley’ has developed town-wide campaigns on issues such as Child Sexual Exploitation. Jonathan also takes a lead on interfaith relations for the parish. All Saints Church has a growing ministry among Asylum Seekers and is a key partner in Keighley Place of Sanctuary.
Revd Graham Potter
Vicar - St Barnabas
Revd Graham Potter has the responsibility for the church of St Barnabas, Thwaites Brow and from the base of Keighley Shared Church, to hold a pioneering role into the large council estates on the edges of the town. It is acknowledged that these communities have been largely overlooked by the church for many years and so this is the start of a long-term re-engagement with these parts of Keighley. The ‘pay as you can, Welcome Cafe’ running out of the Shared Church Hall and ‘Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Advice Centre’ and ‘Life Skills’ are strands of work which are starting to have an impact on these, and other communities.
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. 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.
Chloe Wareham is our Busisness apprenticee and works in the parish office 4 days a week. Chloe is training on the job and attends Keighley College one day a week.
Under 5s Co-ordinator at St Mark’s Church
Rachel was appointed in September 2019 and works closely with the community providing high quality under 5s play and learning provision.