I was born in the small village of Swannington and have lived on Mile Cross for 40 years with my husband Kevin, we have been married for 47 years this June. We have a son Matthew and daughter Rachael, a dear little grandson and 3 lovely step-grandchildren. I started going to St Catherine's about 38 years ago when my children joined the Sunday School and for several years I enjoyed being one of a team that shared the Lord's word with the younger members of the congregation and for many years I organised a team of people to go out monthly as part of the Salvation Army soup run until it was abruptly stopped because of the covid 19 pandemic. I love being part of the congregation at St Catherine's and have made many friends and can never imagine a day when it’s not part of my life
Hi, I’m Sophie, and I’m one of the two churchwardens here at St Catherine’s Church. I am born and bred Mile Cross and proud to be! I was Christened here in 1995 when I was a year old. As a child of the estate, I attended the old Dowson Pre, Dowson first, and Mile Cross middle school, as did four generations of my family. I’ve worked up the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital since 2015 as a domestic assistant working on the wards. In my spare time, mainly at weekends, I greatly enjoy going to 1940s events with my friends and my two little nephews George and Alfie. I’m also a volunteer at the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford, which I love dearly.
Safeguarding Named Person
Hello, I'm Julie and I am the Named person for safeguarding at St Catherine's Church. I have lived in Hellesdon and Norwich all my life. I am married and have three children and four grandchildren. I have worked as a student nurse, teaching assistant, higher level teaching assistant and nursery practitioner. I have worshipped at several churches and have been at St Catherine's since about 2006.
Rev Martin Hartley
Hi, I’m Martin and I started at St Catherine’s in May 2017. I’m married to Rach and we have four children - Dorrie, Willow, Noah and Honey. I also have two grown-up daughters and 3 granddaughters. After studying for two years at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, I was ordained in June 2013 and served my curacy in the Tas Valley. Before ordination, I worked as a Community Evangelist with Church Army in Bedfordshire. Find out more about the work of Church army. Before that I was a machine operator for 15 years in engineering. I have a powerful conversion story and would love to share it with you, either in a group or down the pub with a pint. I am an Evangelist and have a pioneering spirit, so I'm very keen to explore what church might look like for a new generation in the Mile Cross area.
Tell: 01603 426767 or 07754110927
Rev Ruth Lambert
I have lived in Mile Cross, and worshipped at St Catherine’s, for most of my life! I was married to my late husband John for 38 years and we have one daughter, Alison, who has now lived in London for some time. There is also our family dog (British Bulldog) named Harvey! Since my ordination, in July 2014, I continue to work part-time at Mecca Bingo (just opposite St Cath’s) as an Operations Manager! Having been called to ordained ministry in this community, that I love, is a great privilege!
Tell: 01603 410565
Rev Gill Bridges
Having retired from full-time ministry after 25 happy years, I am now equally happy in my church home at St Catherine’s. I have found out how true it is when people say ‘I don’t know how I had time to go to work!’ I suspect that the truth is, everything takes longer to do! I was brought up in Lincolnshire: my parents were farmers, and I always loved church and knew God, thanks to them. The first part of my life with my husband Sid was spent in various places with the RAF in this country and abroad. We have two daughters and 3 grandchildren. We settled down here in Norwich 40 years ago, so we are certainly residents if not natives!
Rev Charles Read
After a career in teaching in high schools in the North West, I was ordained and ministered in parishes in Manchester and other parts of the North West before moving to Durham and teaching at a theological college. I moved to Norwich some years ago with my wife Judith and two sons Jonathan and Philip. I am now training Clergy and Readers in our Diocese and others in this region. St Catherine’s is my place of worship when I have ‘free – time’!!
Pioneer Licenced lay Minister
Lee is married to Gill and has ten adult children and sixteen grandchildren. He lives within walking distance of St Catherine's. When not involved in church activities, Lee is a Professor of Faith and Global Politics at the University of East Anglia, he has written seven books and is a frequent guest on BBC Radio Norfolk.
Authorised Worship Assistant
Hi, I’m Kathy Amis. I was born in Glasgow and although I haven’t lived there for nearly 50 years I still retain my proud Scottishness and my accent. Married for 46 years to my late husband Mike we had two boys and one girl and now have seven grandchildren. I’ve attended St Catherine’s for 21 years. On 29 July 2019, I was commissioned as an AWA. My life is busy and filled with granny duties, Church and supporting my beloved Norwich City FC. I’m excited to see what plans God has for my life!
Authorised Worship Assistant
I was born in the Midlands and moved to Norwich when I was 3 and went to St Thomas’s Sunday School. When I was at work in the Norfolk and Norwich hospital I was taken along to Holy Trinity Norwich and whilst I was there I became a Christian. Through a mutual friend, I met my wife and moved to St Catherine’s 30+ years ago. I have done varying roles at St Catherine’s including churchwarden for 6 years. Now I am the church’s representative on the Deanery Synod and in 2018 I was commissioned as an AWA (Authorised Worship Assistant).