Saint Mary's Church, Waterloo Park

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Mrs Karen Stark Churchwarden

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 Reception 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.

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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