Our ministry team

Rev'd Katie de Bourcier, Team Rector

I'm Katie, the lead minister at St Andrew's Church, Halstead. I also oversee the wider Halstead Area Team of churches, which is comprised of Halstead and nine surrounding village parishes.

I was ordained in 2012 after 17 years working as a civil servant in the Ministry of Defence, based in London and in Essex. I spent my curacy (my first post as an ordained minister) in Great Baddow in Chelmsford. I was delighted in 2015 to be appointed to this role in Halstead, as I had previously lived in Braintree and so north Essex feels very much like home territory to me.

I love being at St Andrew’s because it’s a church community made up of many different people, at different stages of their journey of faith, seeking to care for each other and to grow closer to God. I am energised by the fact that as a church we have a vision to reach out to all in our town, showing Jesus’ love in all the ways that we can. I value the diversity of our worship styles, and I enjoy the fun we have together.

Beyond my ministerial role, I love to spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the outdoors – and whenever I get the chance I head off to the stables to ride my dressage horse, Toby.

You can contact me at halsteadrector@gmail.com or on 01787 478471 to find out more about the Christian faith; to enquire about our services; or – well, people contact me about almost anything, so whatever your question, feel free to get in touch.

Rev'd Beverley Vincent, Assistant Curate

I’m Beverley, Curate at St Andrew’s Church, Halstead. I was delighted to join the Halstead Team Ministry as Curate following my ordination in 2018. I’m excited to serve alongside Rev’d Katie and the Ministry Team in Halstead and Greenstead Green as well as being involved in the wider team.

My calling to ordained ministry came after a long nursing career which was varied and fulfilling. After taking early retirement in 2012, I worked for the Chelmsford Diocese as Training Co-ordinator for Pastoral Care, this gave me the opportunity to see first-hand our large and diverse Diocese and the wonderful ministry that takes place within it. It was during this time that I sensed God calling me to ordained ministry.

After studying at theological college, and following my ordination, I was thrilled to know that my first post would be served at St Andrew’s. Having spent some time in 2017 on placement here I knew it was where God was calling me to. I look forward to all that lies ahead and all that I can do to serve the church and community.

You can contact me on 07944 200132 or halsteadcurate@gmail.com for support in times of need, to find out more about the Christian faith, or to find out more about what's on at St Andrew's.

Rev'd Canon David Ainge, Retired Priest

I’m David, a relative newcomer to St Andrew’s Church, Halstead. In July 2013 I retired after 40 years in ordained ministry in the Church of England, most of which was based in this Diocese of Chelmsford. My wife, Jay, and I moved into our current home in Halstead, and we joined the congregation of St Andrew’s. I conduct occasional Sunday and Thursday services, and generally help as requested.

Having been freed of the administrative duties of running a parish, I delight in being part of various local community groups, including Halstead & District Choral Society, Halstead U3A Group and the Rotary Club of Halstead. There would probably be more clubs to add to this list, but the good Lord has only put seven days in my week!

Jay, who has her own list of local community groups that fill her time, and I are currently 2-days per week child-minders of our 2 year-old granddaughter. What a joy! How exhausting! But we wouldn’t miss it for the world.

It’s great to be part of the ministry team at St Andrew’s and in nearby churches.  It’s best to contact me through the Parish Office halsteadparish@gmail.com

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