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People at St Mary's


Summary of People at St Mary's

ROLE NAME
Parish Priest
Rev. John Reed C.A.
Honorary Assistant Curate
Rev. Janet Bissex
ReadersMr Ray Bissex, Mrs Joyce Green, Mr Fred Nye
Parish AdministratorMr Geoff Dunn
Church WardensMrs Karen Stark, Mr Ray Bissex
Deputy Church Wardens Mr Howard Pate, Mrs Elsie Pate
Vulnerable Adults Officer Mrs Doreen Whitlow
PCC Treasurer and Child Protection Officer Ms Jill McElroy
Organist / Choirmaster Mr Richard Woodley
PCC Secretary Mrs Karen Stark
Events Coordinator Mrs Joy Roderick
Server Mr James Roderick
Sunday School Leader Mrs Laura Caddick

Priest in Charge
Reverend John Reed C.A.

Rev Janet Bissex Honorary Assistant Curate

I am a retired priest – that is, I am retired from being paid!!
I grew up on the Wirral and began working life as a primary school teacher. After teaching in Birkenhead, I spent 2 years in Ghana, and then trained for ministry in the Church. I have served in Netherton, Toxteth, Kirkdale and Bootle, all in Liverpool Diocese. I am married to Ray, who is a Reader and currently church warden. 

Mr Ray Bissex Reader


Ray grew up in Netherton, about 4 miles away and attended St Oswald’s church from an early age. In 1983 he married Janet and moved to Toxteth, subsequently moving to Kirkdale and later to Bootle before arriving in Waterloo on Janet’s retirement as a vicar. While in Kirkdale Ray trained as a Reader and was licensed in 2000.
Ray is a Chartered Accountant. Having started in a Liverpool firm, he has worked for himself for the last 15 years. This has led to being involved with a number of churches, appointment as a school governor, and being a trustee of a couple of charities. One of these is the Community of Aidan and Hilda which requires trips to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne every three months.

Mrs Joyce Green Reader


I grew up in Seaforth and moved to Crosby as a teenager. Later, I married Ted, and after a short spell in Litherland, we moved to Waterloo. I have two children, both of whom are teachers, and two grand-children. I completed my education at night school, eventually studying part-time at Edge Hill college for a degree in English. I became a Reader in 1985 and ministered in this role for eighteen years. I then retired, but have recently been re-licensed to Saint Mary’s. I was PCC secretary for two years, and I edit the church magazine as well as preaching and leading study groups.

Mr Fred Nye Reader Emeritus

Parish Officers

Mrs Karen Stark
Churchwarden and PCC Sec.

I grew up in Waterloo and have been a member of St. Mary's all my life, having been baptised here as a baby. I joined the choir at age seven which sparked my lifelong love of singing. Following the birth of my elder daughter Caitlin, I became a Sunday School teacher until I was elected Church Warden in 2014. My second daughter, Heather, now sings in the church choir.
Outside church, I am a Nursery teacher in Formby which I thoroughly enjoy. My main hobby is singing and I am a member of two local choirs which have allowed me to sing some of the most beautiful choral music in some of the most beautiful places around the world.

Mr Ray Bissex
Churchwarden

Ray grew up in Netherton, about 4 miles away and attended St Oswald’s church from an early age. In 1983 he married Janet and moved to Toxteth, subsequently moving to Kirkdale and later to Bootle before arriving in Waterloo on Janet’s retirement as a vicar. While in Kirkdale Ray trained as a Reader and was licensed in 2000.
Ray is a Chartered Accountant. Having started in a Liverpool firm, he has worked for himself for the last 15 years. This has led to being involved with a number of churches, appointment as a school governor, and being a trustee of a couple of charities. One of these is the Community of Aidan and Hilda which requires trips to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne every three months.

Mr Howard Pate Deputy Churchwarden


Howard is a retired librarian, and has been married to Elsie for nearly twenty years. He particularly enjoys walking and reading, and visiting antique shops and fairs identifying artefacts which are usually beyond his price range! In addition to his work for St Mary's, Howard is a member of the Waterloo Park Residents' Association.

Mrs Elsie Pate Deputy Churchwarden

As well as being a Deputy Churchwarden, Elsie runs our Tuesday Club which meets alternate Tuesdays and provides entertainment, speakers and activities for many of our local residents.

Mr Richard Woodley
Organist/ Choirmaster

Richard has been organist at St Mary's since January 2012. Richard has previously been organist at St Michael's In The City and St Philip's Litherland. Richard worked at Alder Hey Children's Hospital before taking early retirement in May, 2012. Music is planned in coordination with Clergy.

Mrs Doreen Whitlow
Vulnerable Adults Officer


Doreen is also a long serving member of St Mary’s and has been in our church choir for many years. She is also associated with a local opera company, Opera Viva.

Ms Jill McElroy
PCC Treasurer and Child Protection Officer

Jill is a retired teacher and is still a GCSE and A level examiner. She keeps busy with her 6 grandchildren and as a school governor. She enjoys reading, travelling and eating out. She also helps with children's activities at church as well as Messy Church

Mrs Joy Roderick Events Coordinator

Joy is Married to James who is also an active member of the church. Joy's enthusiasm and commitment to putting on enjoyable and social events at St Mary's meants that fun is always high on the agenda.

Mr James Roderick Server


James provides invaluable support to St Mary’s, not only in his role as server, but in his ability to fix practically anything. He literally holds our buildings together!

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