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Your Church Ministers

An Introduction to Our Ministers

Our ministers share in every aspect of church life irrespective of their denominational origin. This has been going on in our churches for over 20 years but it is particularly significant now when the Methodist Church and the Church of England are drawing closer together with the possibility of serious dialogue taking place. The Methodist Church already allows this sharing of responsibility with ministers being recognised and regarded or having authorised status. Likewise Canons B43 and B44 of the Church of England have authorised parish churches to enjoy the ministry of clergy from other denominations.

The Ministers

The Ministers of our churches Charlie, Sam, and Jane, share responsibility for the entire ministry of each church. They enjoy working together and contribute very different attributes. Each Sunday morning the Ministers will share together in leading our morning worship and they are regularly joined by Local Preachers and other visiting clergy.

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The Reverend Charles Royden

The Vicarage, Calder Rise, Bedford.


Charlie was ordained in 1987 and came to Bedford from his home on the Wirral, where he started ministry as a curate at St Oswald's. He is married to Corinne with two children, Alex and Max. He has been Vicar at St Mark's and Putnoe Heights Church for 20years.

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The Reverend Dr. Sam Cappleman


Sam in addition to working as a minister in our church he is Assistant Rural Dean and Executive Chair of the Lee Abbey Movement, but he still finds time flying helicopters !

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Deacon Jane Mason

12 Hartop Close, Bedford MK41 8HE
348091 Mobile 07807 146535


Born and brought up in Sheffield, Jane started work as a Deacon in Colchester in 2002, where she was involved in starting ecumenical Christian work in areas of new build.
Before training for ministry at Queens College, Birmingham, Jane worked for a group of churches in Nottingham, where she was specifically involved with ministry to the student population and was part of the chaplaincy team at the University of Nottingham. Before that she trained and worked as both a carpenter and a sound engineer!
Jane moved to Bedford in 2009 and is both Methodist minister in the Partnership and Chaplain at Anjulita Court, an MHA care home on 'Woodlands Park' (the new development in north Brickhill, off Tyne Crescent.


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Remember our ministers will always be pleased to speak with you personally or use more conventional communications such as the telephone. Contact should be made through the church office during office hours or leave a message on the answering facility. If you would prefer to contact us by telephone, the church office is open each day from 9.00am until 5.30pm. You may also send a fax to the same number. An answering service is provided outside office hours.

From UK Tel/Fax: 01234 342613

International Tel/Fax: + 44 1234 342613