Revd Julian Heaton, Rector of Bury and Vicar of St. Paul's, Bury
Julian is from south Manchester. When he left home he went to study history in London and after a short period nursing, trained for the priesthood in Oxford. He has served in parishes in Stockport, Knutsford, Altrincham and Sale as well as working as a hospital chaplain in Nottingham, helping people discern their vocation as Assistant Director of Ordinands and contributing to the life of the local church as Rural Dean.
Coming to Bury, Julian brings with him a desire to contribute to the community’s deepening friendship with God and confidence in Christ, to develop a culture of church growth across the generations and to work with other Christians and the local community to make Bury a place where all people can flourish.
Revd Rhiannon Jones, Associate Rector of Bury
Rhiannon Jones, formerly Assistant Curate at Manchester Cathedral, is our Associate Rector and joined us in July 2014. She is a Welsh Glaswegian who worked for 8 years for a mission society in Senegal, France, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia. She speaks Arabic. She has also worked for a Christian radio charity, and possesses an MA in Communication from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. She trained at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. She cycles everywhere and is recognisable by her hi-vis jacket.
Revd Sheila Beattie, OLM for Bury Parish Church and St. Paul’s
We have recently welcomed Sheila to the clergy here at Bury Parish Church, after her ordination at Manchester Cathedral.
Sheila is from Grangemouth, Scotland. On finishing school, Sheila studied Chemistry at The University of Glasgow. After several relatively short term contracts working in diverse areas ranging from looking at the flavour of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk to research on blood pressure drugs, she settled on a career in the chemical industry in technical safety, focussing on fire, explosion and chemical reaction hazards, moving to Bury in order to do so. After some 28 years, she finally succumbed to the call, retiring early to commence her training for the ministry. Having now worshiped at Bury, St Mary the Virgin, for over 30 years, Sheila is pleased to be licensed to serve as OLM (Ordained Local Minister) to Bury, St Mary the Virgin and Bury, St Paul’s.
Revd Hannah Lane, Ordinand
My name is Hannah and I am from Westhoughton, where I have lived for most of my life apart from when I was away studying at University in Keele. I live with my husband, Dean and our Sealyham Terrier, Oscar. Up until the beginning of September I was a teacher. I initially trained as a Science teacher. Following 2 years in a big mainstream school in Manchester, moved to Rumworth Special School in Bolton. I spent most of my teaching career there until I left to take up my place on the course I am now on. In my spare time I am a Brown Owl and I play tuba in Astley Youth Band.
I have always had a faith, I have grown up in the church and I find it impossible to separate my faith from who I am. I started exploring a call to public ministry in 2014. I initially put myself forward for Reader Ministry but quickly realised that I didn’t feel like it was the right thing to be doing. As I discussed this more with Vocations Advisors it became apparent that I should look deeper into ordained ministry training. I followed this through to an interview at a Bishop’s Advisory Panel earlier this year where I was recommended for training.
And so, I find myself placed here at Bury Parish Church and St Pauls. I have weekly college days at St Mellitus College which is based at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and my time as part of the worshipping community in Bury forms my '“on the job” training. I am delighted to be here, and I would like to thank you for a wonderful welcome. I look forward to getting to know you all, finding out about your faith and the good news shared here in Bury.