About us

Revd.David Baker, Team Rector

I started my studies at Harrow Art School, Studio Ceramics in the 80’s before finding my way to Bideford and working as a full time Lecturer at PETROC (North Devon College). It was whilst I was at the College that I was accepted for training to the Priesthood. Ordained in 2003, I left PETROC ten years later in 2013, to take up the post of Team Rector in the wonderful Edgemoor Group of Parishes. Married to Celia, our children Frankie, Joseph and Clarice have now flown the nest – but the cats have remained.

The Vicarage, East Street, North Molton, Devon, EX36 3HX      

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Revd. Alastair Forman, Team Vicar

Growing up near Barnstaple led by a circuitous route to ordination in Exeter in 1980.  Now semi-retired and enjoying a happy return to North Devon.  Husband to Alison, father and grandfather.  Evangelist, pastor, lover of music and the countryside and sometime missionary and aid worker to the Roma people of Northern Romania.  Gardener and steersman of vintage machinery.

East Rock Barn, Bishops Nympton, South Molton, Devon, EX36 4PL

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Revd. Penny Lawson, Team Curate

My name is Penny Lawson, married to Texan John. I am an Assistant Curate in the Edgemoor Group of Parishes after being ordained in September 2016. I have a life full of ministry in the group, amongst friends and neighbours; raising a small flock of sheep (the woolly kind); and the joy of living on beautiful Exmoor.

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Revd. Christoper Whinney

Lived and farmed here for most of my life. Churchwarden at North Molton [19 years] and Charles [6 years], then a Lay Reader for five years until licensed as a Deacon in 2010. Married to Anna and blessed with two children and four grandchildren.

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Richard Holloway, Reader

I’m a family man, having been married to Annabelle for twenty years, and we have two children, Heather and Matthew. We are based in the village of George Nympton near South Molton, sharing our home with two labradors, and a parrot. These days, I am a house husband, carer to my elderly mother, and also work part-time in a local school. Previously, I had a career in book publishing in and around London. Licensed Reader October 2016 to the Edgemoor Group of Parishes.
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Mrs Frances Evans, Lay Assistant

Having been born and brought up in the Midlands, I attended college in Devon, and never went back! I married a farmer, and have two children and three grandchildren. When we left the farm I became a Sunday School teacher, and then in 2008 I started helping with services around the group. I lost my husband, Dennis, in 2009, but in 2014 was lucky enough to meet the lovely Dave, whom I married in April 2017.

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Alison Rogers, Assistant Curate

 I studied with South West Ministry Training Course in Devon for   ordination, and was made Deacon in 2019. Originally trained as a   primary teacher, I ended up as an Environmental Education Officer in     Rutland, and am still fascinated by British wildlife.  I’ve been married to   Michael for over 43 years; we met at adjoining colleges in Canterbury.   It’s a good Christian principle – love thy neighbour!! (Michael is a retired   vicar, so I can’t say I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for.)

I spend half of my time serving in this group of parishes, and the other half as part of the Chaplaincy team at North Devon District Hospital.

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