Following the departure of Revd Gavin Tyte at the end of September, the Parishes of Axmouth and Uplyme are looking forward to welcoming the Revd Kate Woolven in the New Year.

Kate brings with her a wide experience, not only of worship but also outreach work, including pastoral care, working with children and many imaginative outreach activities involving the whole community. For the past three years she has been Assistant Curate to the churches in the 5 Alive Mission Community – Dalwood, Kilmington, Shute, Stockland and Yarcombe.

Brought up in the Chalke Valley, near Salisbury, Kate is married to Jonathan and they have one son, Jamie. Prior to ordination, they ran a very successful landscaping business near Salisbury for many years. Following this, the family joined the Christian Community at the Lee Abbey Conference Centre in North Devon. It was during this period that Kate felt the call to ordination.

Kate comments, ‘the past three years have given me a rich experience of parish life and I am excited at the prospect of leading the churches of Uplyme and Axmouth, as they reach out with the love of Christ to their communities and beyond’.

Her licensing by the Bishop of Crediton will be on Thursday, 30 January 2014 in the evening, at St Michael’s Church, Axmouth.