Rev'd Richard Lamey, Rector
Richard was born and brought up on the border of Manchester and Cheshire. He read History at University and trained for Ordination in Cambridge before spending three years as Assistant Curate in Stockport and then seven years as Vicar of St Mary's, Newton with Flowery Field near to Hyde on the eastern edge of Manchester. During this time he was also Rural Dean of Mottram for four years. He came to the three Churches of the Parish of St Paul, Wokingham in November 2012.
He is married to Becca (a Secondary Maths Teacher) and they have three children at Primary School and a bouncy puppy called Bramble. Dog walks and bike rides figure large in his spare time, as well as reading and going to the cinema and catching up with friends. He used to play rugby but now sticks to squash.
He is often heard saying that being a parish priest is the best job in the world because it is about God and about people, and helping people to see where God is already at work in their lives and community, and because every day is different.
Fr Richard is also the Assistant Area Dean of Sonning and Young Vocations Champion for the Archdeaconry of Berkshire, as well as being Vice Chair of Governors at St Paul's Junior School, a role he relishes.
Rev'd Julie Mintern, Assistant Curate
Born in Battersea Julie grew up in John Betjeman’s Metroland where, as well her family, she was influenced by her love of our great capital city and its riches such as the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Music and the opportunities to sing and make music. Her intrigue in the church started by peering through the church doors at her Girl Guide meetings and so began her journey of faith and her love of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Cycling was the other great love of her younger life and she was often found at the tennis club where she relished the sense of belonging and community whilst at the same time playing a sport she loved.
All that is a long way from where I find myself here, married to Keith. Yet, my past is reflected in my calling to serve God, to be part of a transforming community at the heart of the place where we will live and serve. I am excited to be part of your churches – women, men and children whose lives have been changed and transformed by Christ and who have been brought together to serve the world.
Along with Keith I still sing. I don’t play tennis any more but all our six grandchildren are lively and, according to their Granny, very active in the music and sport department!
Rev'd Judi Hattaway
Judi spent her curacy in Guildford Diocese as Lead Chaplain at Frimley Park Hospital and curate to two churches in Frimley. Prior to that she worked as a chaplain at Broadmoor High Secure Hospital.
Over the last twenty years she has been, variously, Training Co-ordinator for the Diocese of Monmouth, and, for eight years, Parish Development Adviser in the Archdeaconry of Berkshire.
Judi’s background is in adult and children’s education, adult training, group facilitation, counselling, and consultancy. She has worked in Christian contexts for over twenty years.
She has a BA with Honours in English and Philosophy from the University of Kent, a Master’s Degree from the University of Liverpool in Adult Education with Theological Reflection, a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education, a Post-Graduate Counselling qualification, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Ministry and Mission from the Southern Theological Education and Training Course in Salisbury (STETS).
She is married to Prof. Mick Hattaway, who is a Shakespearean. Between them they have four grown-up children and six grandchildren. Two of the grandsons have statements of special educational need – Judi has a special interest in people with learning disabilities.
Judi is also Chaplain to the Fire and Rescue Service in Wokingham and runs a private counselling practice.
In any spare time, Judi likes entertaining, knitting and sewing, reading, going to concerts, films, art galleries, and the theatre, and having a laugh.