The Team

Meet the team at St Mary’s:




Jan Foster – Reader

Jan has attended St.Mary’s for over forty years. Over these years Jan has been involved in the Sunday School, young peoples work, the drama group, the DCC, Mother’s Union and Ladies Group (but not all at the same time!).

In 2004 Jan was licensed as a Reader. As a Reader, Jan’s main role involves leading and preaching at church services as well as helping out with many other events. Jan is also a leader of one of the Home Groups.

Jan is married to Don and many of her interests involve their children and grandchildren. In her free time, Jan likes reading, walking, watching films and anything to do with nature.



Maggie Limb – Authorised Lay Minister (ALM)

As a lifelong member and worshipper at St Mary’s, Margaret (Maggie) Limb has served the Lord in many different ways. More recently, Maggie has undertaken the Certificate in Christian Discipleship and a ‘Fresh Expressions’ course which culminated in Maggie being authorised as a Lay Minister in Derby Cathedral in July 2010.

Maggie is involved in many of St Mary’s activities. She is a member of the District Church Council, the Worship Group and the Worship Leaders team, which involves speaking and leading services as part of a team rota. Maggie is also one of the organisers of Church ‘n’ Craft and a joint leader of a Home Group.

In her free time Maggie enjoys going to the theatre, having meals with family and friends, walking Joey, her Springer spaniel, and listening to Radio 4.



Rowley Cooper – Reader

Rowley became a Reader in the Church of England in 1975, before that he was a Lay Preacher with the URC and Methodist Church.

As a Reader at St Mary’s, Rowley’s main role involves leading and preaching at Church services. This role also includes pastoral work and offering “muscle power” at various events within the Church. Rowley also runs one of the Home Groups.

Rowley joined the RAF when he was 15 as an Airframe Fitter. After 15 fruitful years of service he entered “civvy street” and served the rest of his career in manufacturing before retiring. Rowley is married to Marie and they have two children, aged 40 and 42.

Rowley moved to Pilsley in 1989 and enjoys being part of the community life in the Village. Rowley is also a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.



Mark Ratcliffe – Reader

Mark was licensed as a Reader in the Royal Air Force in 1997 after undergoing training at St John’s College at Nottingham.  At St John’s College, Mark met his wife to be, Katherine, whilst at a “Summer School” which was part of his Reader training.

Before becoming a Reader at St Mary’s, Mark was Honorary Chaplain to 1083 (Uxbridge) ATC cadets and was Commissioned as a Hospital Lay Chaplain in 1999.  In 2005 he was awarded Diploma of Student in Theology at Lambeth Palace for some original research.

Mark left the RAF in April 2007 and began to serve as part of the team ministry in the  North Wingfield team as Reader at St Mary’s. Mark’s main role in church is to lead services and preach. Mark is also a Synod representative and helps out at Church ‘n’ Craft.

Mark is a carer for his wife who was diagnosed with MS in July 2007.  In his spare time he volunteers as a teaching assistant at Park House School and Pilsley School.  His hobbies include following Manchester City Football Club, swimming, reading,  cinema, dark chocolate and a good bottle of red wine!

Mark and Katherine have a daughter, Charlotte, who is 6 years old.



Gerald Wright – Reader

Gerald has lived in Pilsley all of his life (which is just over 60 years) and after leaving school worked on his family dairy and arable farm down Sitwell Grange Lane. He was a partner in managing the farm and responsible for the basic running of the farm, crop management and machinery repairs.

Gerald has been a Christian since he was a teenager and has been a member of St Mary’s Church for over 18 years. More recently Gerald has trained as a lay Reader and was licensed at Derby Cathedral in 2010. As a reader Gerald leads and ministers at the services within the church and also organises one of the weekly Home Groups. Gerald is also involved in organising or helping out at many St Mary’s events and activities.

Gerald is now semi-retired and lives just off Station Road in Pilsley. He is married to Molly and they have two grown-up children and a grandson.



Andrew Wright – Worship Group Leader

Andrew joined the St Mary’s team in 2005 as Worship Group leader after playing the organ or piano and leading worship in St Mary’s and other local churches on an occasional basis for several years. He started learning to play the organ when he was 8 years old.

More recently Andrew has undertaken some theological training by completing a Certificate in Christian Discipleship. Andrew is married to Denise who also sings in the worship group. Andrew also runs the St Mary’s walking group.

In his free time Andrew enjoys walking his dog, reading science-fiction novels, watching the latest movies and playing computer games.