Meet the Team

Rev’d Philip Harvey, Rector of Weobley and Staunton Benefice

                 Rev’d Philip Harvey 


Rev’d Harvey is Rector of our Group of Parishes. Philip can be contacted via the telephone number and email below. Rev’d Harvey’s day off is a Friday.

(01544) 318147


We have a number of retired clergy who assist in the ministry listed below.

Retired Clergy

             Rev’d Susan Verwey

Self Supporting Minister (officially retired).  I have lived in Staunton-on-Wye for over 27 years, and officiate at services across all our 7 churches.  I have 5 teenage grandchildren, and enjoy reading, long walks and living in the country


Rev’d Guy Wilkinson, Rural Dean  email:   Tel: 01544327171



   Rev’d John Thewlis: email Tel: (01432) 830134


              Rev’d Mike Kneen    Tel: 01544 318080

A new member of our clergy team – Rev’d Canon Paul Francis

We are fortunate to have a recent addition to our team of retired clergy – Revd Canon Paul Edward Francis. Paul and his wife Audrey moved into Weobley in 2020. Hopefully you will meet Paul as he takes some services around the benefice in the coming months.

Here’s a brief introduction:

Prior to ordination I worked in banking (Barclays), industry (Metal Box Company) and the BBC (Radio Times).

 I trained for ordination at Salisbury and Wells Theological College and served my entire stipendiary ministry in the Diocese of Rochester in a variety of parishes urban and suburban before ending up as Residentiary Canon for Discipleship at Rochester Cathedral. I retired in September 2017 and was made ‘Canon Emeritus’ and first moved to Canterbury where I was granted ‘PTO’, then moved to Weobley in June 2020. In addition to parish and cathedral ministry I have undertaken training in Spiritual Direction and Reflective Practice, mentoring and tutoring on the ‘Clergy Leadership Programme’ and have also had the privilege of serving over a five-year period as an occasional ‘Duty Chaplain’ at Westminster Abbey.

 It is good now to be here in this benefice and I look forward to working with Philip and across the deanery.

Rev’d Charles Overton

Rev’d Chris Rhodes

Henry Verwey

Emma Noble, Administrator

I produce the People and Steeple pew sheet every week so if you know anyone that would like prayers said for them  or if you would like to join our mailing list to receive the pew sheet please do contact me at .   Also if you have any enquiries for weddings, funerals or baptisms or maybe  you are tracing family that are buried in one of our churchyards, please do get in touch and we will be delighted to help in any way we can.


Joint Benefice Council

Rev’d Philip Harvey , Chairman
Roger Marshall, Lay Co Chairperson, Sarnesfield
Sarah Girling, Secretary and Monnington-on-Wye Representative
Derys Maddox, Tracy Whiting, Letton Representatives
Maggie Denaro and Sue Hubbard, Byford Representatives
Glenn Jones, Staunton-on-Wye Representative
Viv Leech and Hilary Havard, Sarnesfield Representatives
Kim Hendricksen, Norton Canon Representative
Pat Millington, Weobley Representative
Chris Smith, Weobley and Kington Deanery Treasurer
Elizabeth Shayler, Lay Co Chair , Weobley and Kington Deanery