meet the clergy

Reverend Dave Thompson


I was previously at the Parish of Stoneclough. Prior to that I served for 14 years in the Diocese of Blackburn. My curacy was in Morecambe and then I spent 10 years as a Vicar in two parishes in Preston.

I was born in Fleetwood and grew up in Blackpool, where my parents and sisters still live. That's the reason for my lifelong support for Blackpool FC. I also enjoy playing cricket as well as listening to music and reading.

I am perfectly happy being called Dave! Vicar is my title, and it is an honour to be called to serve God in this way. But Dave will do fine and indeed is preferable as we seek not only to be servants of the Saviour but friends also.

We feel privileged to be with you in the Benefice and are excited about sharing our Christian pilgrimage together.



Reverend Paul Sanderson


Paul, after serving as a Reader for 20 years, was ordained as a local minister in 2005.

Born in Radcliffe and always living locally, Paul is married to Diane and they have a daughter, Eleanor. After a career as a science teacher in secondary, further education and sixth form, Paul took early retirement. 

Apart from serving God, Paul's passion is walking. If not in the Lake District or on some long distance walk he will be seen walking locally with dog Dodger, a deaf Jack Russell.

In March 2019 Paul was licensed by Mark, Bishop of Bolton, as Priest in Chanrge of St Stephen's Elton but is always welcome here in Walmersley where he sometimes leads midweek services.

We are extemely grateful for the services of retired clergy

Reverend Don Altham

Reverend Canon Ralph Mallinson

Reverend Keith Trivasse















































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