Reverend Paul Walker, Vicar of Drighlington and Gildersome
Paul has had a varied ministry of more than 30 years, mostly in his native Bradford. He has ministered in West Bowling, Tong and Holmewood, Oakenshaw, Wrose, Bolton and, most recently, in Wortley and Farnley. He has also been a Diocesan Youth Adviser and worked with the Diocesan Adviser in Church Growth.
His main interests are in church growth, liturgy, worship and mission. He has an MA in Mission and Emerging Church, with a dissertation in the role of social media and emerging technology in mission.
Outside the church, Paul is a lifelong supporter of the Bradford Bulls, enjoys looking at art, playing role playing games, reading books and drinking coffee.
Paul is married to Sandy, who has been a Reader in the Church of England for more than 17 years. Between them they have seven children.
Reverend Chris Johnson
Chris originates from Blackpool and is married to Mary. They have lived in Gildersome since 1997.
Chris recently retired after 15 years working as a hospital Chaplain, latterly at Bradford Royal Infirmary – and before that at the LGI. Previously he was Vicar of St. Luke’s Holbeck, Vicar of Harden and Wilsden (near Bingley), Priest in Charge of St. Mark’s Dewsbury and back in the mid 70’s was a Curate at Normanton.
Chris and Mary have two children: Nick (married to Em) and Mark (married to Vicky). They have three grand-daughters.
Chris said, “I went into hospital Chaplaincy because I feel pastoral care of people is so important. And it doesn’t matter if they are church members or not. Christians should be known by their willingness to go out of their way to care.”
Brian Duxbury (Non-Stipendiary Minister)
Brian had been a member of St Peter’s for over 20 years before he felt God’s calling to become an ordained minister. Following 3 years of training on the Yorkshire Ministry Course Brian was ordained in June 2013 and became a non stipendiary minister serving at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Drighlington.