About Us

The Revd Garry Hinchcliffe
(Team Rector & St John the Baptist)
The Rectory, High Bond End,
Knaresborough, HG5 9BT
01423 202092

Our Team Rector, Garry, has been in post since October 2013. Prior to that, he had held Incumbencies within this diocese, and his home diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, where he was ordained in 1994.

Studying Divinity at Edinburgh University gave him a passion for Ecclesiastical History and the Gospels, but his overriding love is for people and pastoral ministry.

Although Garry has overall responsibility for the whole Team (being also Priest-in-Charge of Nidd), his main focus is very much on the mission and vision at St.John's - leading our community forward in prayer and action.

Hobbies include: being an armchair rugby fan, watching movies, reading and being with family... Garry is married to Sue, a primary school teacher, and they have 5 children. They feel very fortunate, that God has called them to work and minister with wonderful people, in such a beautiful town and within such a glorious county. If our Rector could be anywhere else in the world, it would be on the banks of Loch Lomond, near to where he grew up, watching the sunlight playing on the water, whilst 'nursing' a large glass of good red wine!

The Revd Jo Henderson
(Team Vicar &

St Mary the Virgin, Goldsborough and Holy Trinity)
4 Greengate Drive
Knaresborough HG5 9EN
01423 797260

Jo became Team Vicar in October 2016, coming from the Anglican Chaplaincy in Abu Dhabi where she had been ordained in 2012.
Formerly a Methodist Local Preacher Jo was licensed as a Reader in 2007, accepted for ordination training in 2010 and and studied at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.
Jo is married to Ralph, a Civil Engineer, and they have two sons – James and Tom.

The family has lived abroad since 1997, in  Greece, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.


The Revd Claire Renshaw
(Team Curate)
6 Florin Drive
Knaresborough, HG5 0WG

01423 398944

Claire was ordained deacon on 4th July 2015, to serve  in the team ministry of the Parish of Knaresborough.

Claire trained for ordination on the Yorkshire Ministry Course Contextual Pathway at Mirfield and previously did the reader training at York St John’s.   Prior to college Claire was a self -employed accountant and parish administrator, spent a short time teaching accountancy at Joseph Priestly College and was also involved in lay ministry at St James in Wetherby, particularly exploring aspects of pioneer ministry.  She grew up just down the road in Boston Spa and has lived in Yorkshire most of her life (moved from the Wirral aged six with her Dad's job).  Her hobbies are getting away in the caravan and enjoying the countryside with her family and dog, socialising with friends, reading and watching films.  She is married to Steve who has his own business as a heating engineer and is a keen mountain biker.  They have two children, Thomas and Sophie, also keen cyclists.  She enjoys music and the arts and ihave valued meeting new people, exploring Knaresborough and discovering new opportunities to serve God.

The Revd Andrew Pearse

(Associate Priest)
39 Birkdale Avenue,
Knaresborough, HG 5 0LS
01423 797033

We (Jane, my wife also) are really happy to be here after living in York for nearly 26 years.
I have been ordained for 41 years and, in that time, have been a curate twice , in Hackney and Oldham and a vicar in an urban area of Manchester.  We then moved with our family of 2 girls and 2 boys to York where I became an area secretary for the South American Mission Society.  It was supposed to be a 5 year contract and then back into parish ministry, but the role was so fulfilling that I ended up doing that job for 14 years.  That agency is now part of Church Mission Society and Goldsborough has a link with CMS through Corrie in Uganda.
When I left SAMS, I worked as Chapliancy Co -ordinater for York Hospice for 8 years and then retired. I then felt that it was fine being able to support Jane in her full time job working for Leeds CAB and being a grandad etc., but God had other things 'up his sleeve'  so I am very pleased to be here in a different town, a different diocese and a different life.

The Revd Bill Snelson
(Retired Priest)
6 Abbey Crags Way
Knaresborough, HG5 8EF
01423 862660

Brought up in Birkenhead, Bill read theology at Oxford and trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge. After curacies in the Guildford diocese and at Leeds Parish Church, he was Vicar of St Matthew, Chapel Allerton Leeds for five years, and then Vicar of Bardsey with East Keswick from 1981 to 1993.He spent four years as full-time County Ecumenical Officer for West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council (WYEC) before going to the London-based post of General Secretary of Churches Together in England. He took (slightly early) retirement in 2008, and his wife Beryl and he moved to Knaresborough a year later. They have a daughter and family living in Shadwell, Leeds, and a son and family in Shrewsbury. Bill spent the following seven years as Development Officer and Communications Officer for the Anglican Centre in Rome.


Mrs Jenny Bradley, Parish Administrator

Office Open

9.30 - 2.30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

email:  knaresboroughparishoffice@gmail.com

Phone (01423) 869209




The Revd Peter Atkinson
(Retired Clergy)

Peter is a native of County Durham and graduate of University College, Durham. He did his training for the ordained ministry at Lincoln Theological College and was ordained in Rochester Cathedral in 1965. His first curacy was in Beckenham but has since served in parishes in Reading, Sunderland, Windsor and Aylesbury.
Peter also has experience in industrial mission having been an industrial chaplain in Reading and Sunderland. In more recent years he was Urban Ministry Adviser and Church Urban Fund Co-ordinator in the Oxford diocese.

Retirement has provided opportunities for him to pursue his interest in cinema. He also enjoys a wide range of music including jazz. He is also a member of Harrogate Hospital Radio Team with a responsibility for collecting musical requests from patients to be broadcast on request shows.
Peter and his wife Anne are enjoying retirement in Knaresborough.

Sharon Foster (Church Warden)
St. John the Baptist, Knaresborough

I am a Yorkshire lass born and bred in Sheffield. My father’s family were connected with the Sheffield Assay Office from the 1800’s. From an early age I attended, with my brother, St. Thomas’s Church in Crookes, both of us singing in the church choir for a number of years. We were also confirmed there.
I continued singing in choirs as a student during my teacher training at college in Lincoln. A most memorable occasion was the opportunity to sing in the St. Matthew Passion in Lincoln Cathedral. (Also memorable because I had my arm in plaster having broken my wrist playing hockey!!)
Although originally trained as a Primary school teacher, during a 40 year career I  have also taught in both Secondary and Further Education. In the 70’s I took a break from the classroom to work in Youth Services which is what brought me to Knaresborough in 1975.
Retirement a few years ago provided the opportunity to spend more time with friends, develop interests and become more involved in church life at St. John’s. Time spent as a sidesperson has been a good way of getting to know the congregation better and being a member of the DCC and PCC to understand the workings of the parish!
One of the things which drew me to regular worship at St.John’s some 10 years ago was the music. For me music is a wonderful way of expressing our faith through singing hymns and responses and our services at St.John’s are particularly enriched by having one of the best church choirs in the country (Did you see Songs of Praise in 2010?) (if not you can check it out by clicking on the following link http://www.knaresboroughanglicanteam.org.uk/songs-of-praise-comes-to-knaresborough/ (ed)
Becoming a church warden has proved to be both a steep learning curve in what goes on behind the scenes, (including knowing more now about drains ….) and a real privilege to be involved in so many different aspects of church life.

Shona Bostwick (Church Warden)
St. John the Baptist, Knaresborough




Dr Andrew Smith (Reader)

St John the Baptist, Knaresborough

Andrew Smith read Engineering at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and then obtained a PhD in soil mechanics. He works for Coffey Geotechnics, a firm of consulting civil engineers specialising in the design of foundations, earthworks and deep excavations. In December 2008, Andrew was a member of a team that won the Fleming Award, one of the top prizes in his branch of the profession, for their work on a tunnel currently being constructed under the River Shannon near Limerick.He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Geological Society of London. Andrew is a Reader at St John’s and is also treasurer of both the Church and the choir. Music takes up much of his spare time: he sings in St John’s Choir and the Leeds Festival Chorus, and local choir ‘Voix Celestes’ started life as a group of choir mums who met each week at his home to rehearse an item for the Christmas concert. Andrew says, 'I moved to Knaresborough in 2001 to take up my current job. I started going to St John's because it was my local church and I was almost immediately recruited to join the choir. One of the things that I like most about St. John's is the high standards that are attained by Richard Darke and David Salter in making the music an integral part of the worship. I have made many friends both within the church and the choir and this has become an important aspect of my social life.'

Tom Lywood (Church Warden), Lance Ogden (Church Warden)
St. Mary the Virgin, Goldsborough.
Tom and Lance look forward to meeting you in our beautiful and historic Grade 1 listed Church set in the Domesday Listed village of Goldsborough. You can be assured of a very warm and friendly welcome whether visiting the Church to enjoy the monuments, effigies and memorial sculptures or to join us in our Church Services.

Church Warden at Holy Trinity, Knaresborough

Denise Cullingworth

Denise writes: "A  little cottage on Waterside has been my  home for well over 30 years.  No need to downsize as we never upsized!  My husband Richard, who died in April 2015, and I have one married son, Oliver. At Holy Trinity I am privileged to be a chalice administrator and serve on PCC, DCC, deanery synod...oh and I am also Church Warden!  I work full time as a Specialist Screening Practitioner for the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (a new slant on Poo sticks)! In my “spare time” I love baking, I try to keep fit by running, I love going to the ballet and theatre and eating out. Most recently I played the role of Dick Whittington in our 2015 pantomime,

Holy Trinity is a great place to worship and share both the good times and the not so good ones. You are very welcome to join us."