The Ministry Team:
Rev’d Alex Bienfait (Priest in Charge) (Contact details see side bar)
Non working day: Friday
Alex has been in post since February 2007. Previously he was a Team Vicar in the Whitstable Team ministry (1999-2007), and before that he was Assistant Curate at Church of the Holy Spirit, Clapham, (1996-1999), and Assistant Curate St. Luke’s, Battersea, (1994-1996). Alex trained for ministry at Salisbury and Wells Theological College, Salisbury. He is married to Stephanie, and they have two adult children Nathalie and Sebastien. The community of Taizé was important in shaping Alex’s vocation into ministry, and silence and contemplative prayer remain important for his prayer. He has interests that include woodland management and ecology, to that of art and architecture. He does not get the chance to cycle as much as he used to in Whitstable, but he does enjoy walks with the family dog, Pippin.
Rev’d Catherine Wilson (Assistant Curate)
Catherine has now, sadly, formally left Smarden and Biddenden parishes, and is due to take up a new appointment as the Vicar of Bromham, Oakley and Stagsden near Bedford, in the Diocese of St Albans. Catherine’s licensing service (the point at which she begins her new job) has been fixed for Monday 22nd October at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Oakley. It’s very much hoped that a contingent from Biddenden and Smarden will be there!
Catherine was ordained in June 2014, and came to Biddenden and Smarden as a part-time Curate, commuting to the benefice from her home in Great Chart. She is married to Tim: they have four adult children and two daughters-in-law. Catherine worked as a Primary teacher before the children came along, and enjoys working with children and families – and people of all ages – to encourage and nurture their faith. She and Tim are leaders of a CPAS Venture camp for ages 9-12 each summer – which is where they first met a long time ago!
Rev’d Pearl Anderson, and Rev’d David Stuart Smith are retired priests who live locally. Both support with preaching and leading of services, but they also enjoy sitting as part of the congregation.
The Benefice has a Lay Worship Team who lead and preach at services of Morning Worship, but who are now also beginning to lead and preach at services more generally. Members of the Lay Worship Team include Ann Courtness, Martin Giles, Julie Lupton, Tony Richter, and Peter Whitestone.
Tanya Ling. Tanya works out of our Benefice office, a cabin in the front garden of the Rectory. Tanya is there most Monday and Wednesday mornings 9-1pm.
Contact details on the right hand sidebar.
We seek to take the care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously.
Our Safeguarding coordinators and their contact details are:
Biddenden: Julie Lupton email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel 01580 291658
Smarden: Sian Newman email: email@example.com tel: 01233 770296
Edward Demery (Church Warden 01233 770579)
Tom Hay (Church Warden 01233 770286)
Ewa Loffstad (Treasurer)
Ann Courtness (Church Warden 01622 891190)
Peter Cutts (Treasurer)
Updated July 2018.