Staff

Revd Dr Jonathan H Pye MA

Bristol Methodist District Chairman

 I was born and brought up in the North West and studied theology at Durham,   Cambridge and Leeds. After training at Wesley House, Cambridge I served in a rural Circuit in the North-East, a suburban Circuit in Bristol, a City Centre Circuit in Leeds and rural/town Circuit in Cumbria as Superintendent.

 I have been a Chaplain in prisons, hospitals, schools and universities, and have lectured in departments of both theology and medicine.  I have lectured in the USA, Canada, Australia and South Korea as well as the UK.

 For twelve years, I was Principal of Wesley College, Bristol,  I was the healthcare lead at the Cardiff University Centre for Chaplaincy Studies and maintain my post as Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine /Research Associate in the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, and have published books and articles, mostly on theology, spirituality and healthcare ethics. In 2015, I returned to the Bristol District of the Methodist Church as Chair in 2015 when I was also appointed as an Honorary Bishop of the Joongang Conference of the Korean Methodist Church.

 I have served on many national committees and working parties for the Methodist Church, including the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church and was the Methodist representative on the national Doctrine and Worship Committee of the URC.

 I am married to Denise and we have two adult children, Naomi and Thomas. Once having played rugby, I now enjoy watching it and, when possible, enjoy Theatre and the Arts.


Revd Gary Gotham

Area Chairman

Pastoral Responsibility: Devizes St Andrews/Marston and Market Lavington

Gary graduated from Northern College Manchester in 2000 and served 5 churches in Stockport, Cheshire for twelve years before coming to Wiltshire.

In his spare time he enjoys hazy summer days with friends, Formula One, real ale and messing about with computers.
There is a rumour he is building a kit car in his garage, but internal combustion engines will be outlawed before he ever gets round to finishing it.

Email: gary.gotham@gmail.com 

Tel: 01380 724264

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/garygotham


Revd David Coppard

Methodist Superintendent

Pastoral Responsibility: Warminster, Westbury Methodist, Westbury URC and Steeple Ashton

The Wiltshire United Area are pleased to welcome the Revd David Coppard to begin his ministry with us from September 2012. David will have pastoral care for Westbury Methodist Church, Westbury United Reformed Church, Warminster Methodist Church and Steeple Ashton Methodist Church. 

 David comes to us from the Ilfracombe and Barnstaple Circuit in North Devon, previous to this he was in Bournemouth where he worked with our previous Superintendent David Ellis, both of whom are avid train enthusiasts.  David’s other interests include long distance running, cycling and exercising Poppy, his border collie dog. 

 David originates from Somerset on leaving school at 16 with one O Level in Woodwork he was an apprentice carpenter, his first construction site being in Frome.  As a child he had felt a call to Ordination and has spent almost twenty years in Circuit Ministry.  He trained at Wesley College with Chris Cory and also studied at Cardiff University where he obtained a Master’s degree. 

Email: david.coppard@methodist.org.uk

Tel: 01737 858805


Revd Dr Peggy Kabonde

Sector Minister

The Rev Dr Peggy Kabonde was General Secretary of the United Church of Zambia, a church of approximately 3 million members.  She is the first woman to hold this post and has an international portfolio having given lectures and led seminars in many countries, including here in the UK.  Peggy is married to Fred and they will be joined by their niece – Manbwe when international travelling restrictions permit.

Peggy has now joined the Wilts United Area staff and is taking up her appointment as the Sector Minister for Melksham United Church, Whitely Methodist Chapel and Bradford-on-Avon United Church.

Her Area welcoming Service will be held after the family members join her.   Our prayers are with her as she settles into her home and appointment in the UK.

Email: mulambyakabonde@yahoo.co.uk 


Revd Pam Stranks

Pastoral responsibility: Calen, Cowshame and Bromham

Pam joined the Wiltshire United Area in September 2020 having recently moved back to Wiltshire after being in Methodist circuit ministry in Devon for 10 years.

She joined the Methodist Church whilst attending a local church toddler group with her young children, became a local preacher, served as a layworker and completed her Ordination training at Wesley College in Bristol.

She was initially appointed to churches in the Chippenham circuit before relocating to Devon. She is married to David and they have grown up children and young grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with the family, singing, especially choral singing, and eating out when possible! 

In recent times during ‘lockdown’ she has been growing fruit, veg and flowers!

Email: pamstranks@gmail.com

Tel: 01249 818923


Revd Tracey Lewis

Pastoral Responsibility: Trowbridge United, Trowbridge Wesley Road and Holt URC

I come, originally, from Cardiff in South Wales. I was a member of a united URC/Methodist Church until I applied for ministerial training and went to study in Manchester.

My first pastorate was with two United Reformed Churches in the West Midlands. I then took a career break while my children were small and enjoyed being part of a local community in Hertfordshire with other parents and studied for an M.A in applied theology and mission.

Returning to Ministry I served in a URC in Bristol for 15 years where I was involved in the rebuilding and development of the church buildings for community use, the exploration of the Bible with the congregation, arranging several pilgrimages to Iona and was Chair of the Bristol Multi Faith Forum.

I have served on the URC Mission Committee and Mission Council.

I have 2 grown up children. My interests include cooking, knitting, occasional art projects, reading and I enjoy walking and gardening.

Pastoral responsibility for Trowbridge United, Trowbridge Wesley Road and Holt URC.

Email: tracey.a.lewis@btinternet.com

Tel: 01225 759170


Revd Ruth Whitehead, BSC, MA

Moderator of South Western Synod of the United Reformed Church

I was born in West Yorkshire but grew up in South Wales and have lived in many places in England since.

My first degree in Biological Sciences led to four years as a schoolteacher before training for ministry.

I served as a minister in the United Reformed Church in Woodford Green & Buckhurst Hill, Summertown in Oxford, a United URC/Methodist church in Abingdon, and then four churches in South Cambridgeshire (two of them Anglican). I became Moderator of the South Western Synod in July 2013.

 Special Areas of Interest – helping the local church to be faithful and hopeful, sharing God’s love and sharing in God’s mission; a consultancy approach to listening to problems and seeking solutions together.

 Hobbies; – walking, running, camping, music and reading.


Retired Supernumerary Ministers living in the Area

Revd. Peter King Devizes
Revd. Tom MacMeekin Market Lavington
Revd. Mike Burrell Westbury
Revd. Jennifer Davies Warminster
Revd. Mary Teed Westbury
Revd. A Ward Jones Westbury
Revd. Maree Farrimond Trowbridge
Revd. Sue Henderson Trowbridge
Revd. Di Whittall Melksham
Revd. Peter Whatton Bradford-On-Avon
Revd. Anne Dove Corsham
Revd. Susan Holden Warminster
Revd. Ray Adams Chippenham
Revd. Graham Warmington Westbury
Revd. Heather Morgan Warminster

Ministers without or Outside Area Appointment

Revd. Ruth Whittard Calne

Accredited Local Preachers living in the Area

Name Home address Name Home address
Jane Burn Devizes Clive Illman Trowbridge
Janet Clark Melksham Geraldine Mann Whitely
Pat Clark Trowbridge Jeannie MacMeeking Market Lavington
Eric Clifford Semmington Ruth McGregor Devizes
Douglas Colbourne Calne John Saunders Devizes
Michael Currass Trowbridge Isabel Smears Steeple Ashton
Bob Farrimond Trowbridge Sue Smith Trowbridge
Derek Gard Calne Janet Tanner Devizes
Michele Calne Pauline Tiller Steeple Ashton
Jean Gray Bradford-on-Avon Peter Walker Bradford-on-Avon
Joseph Glasgow Corsham Jacky Williams Westbury
Tom Hill Trowbridge John Williams Westbury

Area Officers

Mrs Beryl Hill Area Co-ordinator
Mr Michael Burns Area Treasurer
Vacant Assistant Treasurer
Mrs Pamela Packer Staffing & Support
Vacant Staffing & Support
Vacant Property
Mrs Julie Vince Area Administrator
Mrs Jan Sayers Area Safeguarding Officer
Mr Gary Gotham Webmaster

Area Committees

Property Church Buildings Vacant
  Area Manses Mr David lamb
Finance Treasurer Mr Michael Burns
  Assistant Treasurer Vacant
Staffing & Support   Mrs Pamela Packer
    Mr John Williams
Training Chair Revd. Gary Gotham
  Secretary Mrs Julie Vince
Network Devizes, Calne, Melksham & Corsham sectors Vacant
  Westbury, Warminster, Bradford-on-Avon sectors Mrs Pat Stronach
World Church Group Chair Revd. David Coppard
  Secretary Mrs Maggie Skyrme
Missions & Outreach Devizes, Calne & Melksham sector reps Mrs Pauline Tiller, Mrs Elaine Greatwood
  Westbury, Warminster, Bradford-on-Avon sector reps Mrs Julie Vince, Mrs Maggine Skyrme, Mrs Peggie Gray
Preachers meeting Chair Revd David Coppard
  Secretary Mr Bob Farrimon

(Missions & Outreach – The committee ideally has members from all the churches within the area. If your church or Sector has no representative we would welcome one)

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