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.
Curate: Rev. Nick Parish
I grew up in Seychelles and Pakistan, where my parents were missionaries. We returned to England when I was 14, and I completed my schooling in Worthing before going to university in Durham, where I studied Theology. I then trained as a teacher, teaching RS in Worthing for a few years, before taking on the role of Behaviour Support Coordinator. Anna and I married in 2003.
We moved to Repton in 2008, and Anna works at the school. We have two boys who are both still at school. For our first ten years at Repton, Anna ran one of the boarding houses, which I helped with, as well as looking after our boys. In 2018, I started training for ordination at Queen’s in Birmingham.
I was ordained deacon in June 2021 and started at St. Peter’s as a curate. I am relishing the opportunities that working here at St. Peter’s offers.
I enjoy sport (though seem to be getting slower as the years progress…), music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
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.