The Core Ministry Team
We have an active and collaborative Core Ministry Team, consisting of the Team Rector, three Team Vicars, a Team Curate, a Team Support Minister and the Team Administrator. Each of the incumbent clergy in the team has responsibility for a particular geographical area so that each village knows who its vicar is. Each also takes the lead in specific ministries and projects across the whole benefice, according to need, interest and expertise. Together they share leadership across the whole patch and the network of worshipping communities.
The members of the Core Team are:
- Revd David Newton – Team Rector; Lead Minister in Comberton and Toft
- Revd Clare Coates – Team Vicar; Lead Minister in Caldecote with Childerley, Dry Drayton and Hardwick
- Revd Charles Fraser – Team Vicar (MSE); Lead Minister in Great Eversden and Little Eversden
- Revd Claire Robertson – Team Vicar; Lead Minister in Barton, Coton, Harlton and Haslingfield
- Revd Barnabas Leeke – Team Curate
- Revd Priscilla Slusar – Team Support Minister (SSM); Team Lead for Prayer and Spirituality
- Mrs Rebecca Herrick – Team Administrator
The Team Council
The Team Council comprises of parish representatives and the Core Ministry Team. It meets three times a year. Its role is to oversee cross-Team activities, to enable communication across the Team, to take part in Team-level vision setting and to act as a sounding board for the Core Ministry Team.
The Lordsbridge Team Chapter and local Ministry Teams
We have a committed wider team of self-supporting and retired clergy, licensed lay ministers, authorised lay ministers, and resident staff from Cambridge colleges. Some of these serve across several villages and some in specific worshipping communities, in a variety of roles. The full Lordsbridge Team chapter (all clergy and LLMs) meet termly.
Local ministry teams meet both at parish and group level. They function in different ways in different church communities depending on both the context and the mix of ordained and lay ministers currently serving that church.
As we are within reach of the Cambridge Theological Federation Colleges, we offer attachments and placements to students wanting to explore multi-parish ministry and/or rural ministry. There are usually several students on placement within the Team at any one time and some live, with their families, in our villages.
The Lordsbridge Team has good relationships with local Baptists (Comberton and Barton), Methodists (Haslingfield) and Roman Catholics (Cambourne and Cambridge), as well as Hardwick’s Evangelical Church. Toft has a Local Ecumenical Project between the Methodists and Anglicans.
Across the area, we work together on youth via West Cambridge Churches Youth Ministries, on aspects of mission strategy and we celebrate our Christian diversity and unity annually in an area-wide, multi-denominational service held just before Advent each year.
The Lordsbridge Team is part of the Bourn Deanery, of which the Papworth Team Ministry and Cambourne Team Ministry are also a part.
The Lordsbridge Team is part of the Diocese of Ely.