Associate Priest: Rev. Anita Matthews
I grew up in Stockport, Cheshire. After going to university in Durham and working for two years at St. Alban’s Cathedral, I went to train for ordained ministry in Oxford. I worked for four years as a Curate and Hospice Chaplain in East Barnet, North London. 8 years ago I moved to Derby to take up a job as School Chaplain at Derby High School and joined St. Peter’s as a member of the congregation, later becoming assistant priest. From 2005 until December 2011 I worked for the Church Mission Society, an organisation that supports and equips people for mission around the world.
In January 2012 I was appointed Associate Priest of St. Peter’s in the City, and am enjoying the many new opportunities that life and work in the city centre offers! I work as an Associate Tutor at St. John’s School of Mission Nottingham during term time.
I enjoy travelling, trying to learn languages (with limited success), choral music, food (eating it, not cooking it!), drinking wine with friends, and reading lots of books.
Gillian & Melvin Wood
I originally lived in the Staffordshire area, during the 1980’s I became a Councillor for Staffordshire, based in Stafford itself, this work was very varied and it gave me the opportunity to help people with whatever problems they had. I was also at this time the Administrator for Weston Methodist Church at Weston Stafford, which I regularly attended for the Services.
I have also lived in Burton upon Trent where I worked for the Council as a Benefit Fraud Officer and Welfare Visitor.
I have been going to St. Peter’s for the last 15 years, since getting married here to Melvyn.
I have lived in the Derbyshire area all my life, I was born in Repton where my Father worked as the Head Gardener for Repton School, I attended St John’s Port School at Etwall, at the age of 10 my Father passed away so we moved into Derby as the cottage we lived in was a tied property.
At the age of 15 I left school and took an apprentice in carpet fitting, I came out of this and, as I felt it wasn’t for me, I took on various employments such as Shop/Customer Service and when an opportunity came up at the Loco Works British Rail I took it and stayed there for about 15 years. During this time I helped at the Christian Fellowship group which met once a week, I enjoyed this very much. I was at this time also working at St. Peter’s
I have been a market trader where I worked as a florist for several years.
I joined St. Peter’s when I was about 20 years of age, after worshiping here for a short period I was asked if I would like to take on the job as a cleaner, since then I have been involved in the Church and I am still working here as the Caretaker after a total of 38 years.