Bishop John Holbrook (Chair of Trustees)
The Rt Revd John Holbrook was installed as Bishop of Brixworth on 29 June 2011. The Bishop of Brixworth is the suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Peterborough.
Bishop John was born in 1962 and grew up in Bristol, where he was educated at Bristol Cathedral School. He went on to study theology at St Peter’s College Oxford and then trained for ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
He served as curate at St Mary’s Barnes in Southwark Diocese then as Senior curate at St Mary’s Bletchley, Vicar of Adderbury and Milton near Banbury.
Immediately prior to his appointment as Bishop of Brixworth, he was Rector of Wimborne Minster in Salisbury Diocese and Rural Dean of Wimborne Deanery.
The Bishop has a particular concern for education. He chairs the Diocesan Board of Education, which recently established a Multi-Academy Trust (PDET) and serves on the Board of the David Ross Educational Trust and the Nominations Committee of the University of Northampton. He also chaired the Governing body that established a new 400-student primary school (Hayfield Cross) in East Kettering and he has recently started the same process with a new school in Daventry.
From July 2015 to April 2016 Bishop John served as the acting (diocesan) Bishop of Leicester.
Bishop John counts sea sailing, swimming, football (he is a life-long Bristol City fan), and current affairs in the Middle East amongst his interests. He is an avid reader of poetry, fiction, biography and history, as well as theology.
He is married to Elizabeth, a tax accountant, and they have two grown up children.
Revd Amanda Barraclough
The Revd Amanda Barraclough is Rector of St. Mary's Church Sprotbrough, on the outskirts of Doncaster. She is also Dean of Women's Ministry in the Diocese of Sheffield. She is married to Derek, has three grown up children and two grandchildren.
Amanda wrote the following reflection for our magazine:
'Thinking outside the box’. It’s a phrase which, being in vogue, is bandied about a lot these days. I can’t recall having heard it a decade ago – though I’m sure some ‘Balderdash and Piffle’ buff out there will be able to enlighten me as to its origins.(Answers on a postcard….)
What exactly is the ‘box’ I’m meant to be thinking outside of? Sometimes for me, the box is the church. Though I have been taught to value this beautiful box, with its heritage and liturgy, it is still a box. Looking around my home, boxes tend to be used to contain things, to keep things tidy, or to protect fragile things. Too often, it seems to me, the church can be used as a box with those functions.
Coming to faith at the age of 13, church was my refuge, a safe, protective environment for fragile faith. It remained so into early adulthood. It took some straight talking from some patient and godly clergy to urge me to take a gospel which was far more robust than I gave it credit for into the rough and tumble of life outside the box. One member of clergy, whether wisely or foolishly (the boundary seems a narrow one!) sent me door-knocking – alone – to see how the church was perceived in the community. Like the disciples – and probably quaking as much as them (at least they had a buddy!) – I went. Like them, I returned rejoicing at what I had heard and found. God at work – and the box nowhere in sight.
Mrs Hilary Buckingham
Hilary joined the ReSource trustees in 2013. Hilary worships at St John’s in Corby, Northamptonshire, where she and Paul have lived and ministered for the last 45 years. Hilary is a Lay Reader in the Church of England and is an evangelist and pastor by gifting. She has worked as a nurse, a JP and more recently as Chair of an NHS Hospital Trust.
“Until I was 19 I only knew about Jesus in my head. I attended Sunday school, sang in the church choir and reluctantly attended RE lessons at school in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Then, when I was invited to the Nurses Christian Fellowship in London, I prayed to ask Jesus into my life and as well as knowing Jesus in my head, he now lived in my heart and the rest, as they, say is history.
Paul and I married in 1971; we have two married daughters and three grandchildren, and I have lived and worked in Northamptonshire since 1973. Over the years I have built up a wide based knowledge of the local Church of England, the NHS, the Magistracy, Gartree prison and the voluntary sector. This has helped me to become a practical, and responsible individual with a broad base of competencies though I am the first one to point out I am not an academic!
In Ghana I have worked as an Evangelist and a minister of the gospel for the Lord from 2003 to 2012 helping to establish the Serving Africa Mission Base and then I was privileged to be part of Rooted in Jesus discipleship teams in South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda.
My skills include being able to relate to a wide range of people from all walks of life. I have cared for others in sickness and in health. I have good communication skills though I am not a linguist! I believe that I have proved that I am able to work hard, both in a team and independently. Africa has helped me to learn how to adapt to different situations and develop strong interpersonal skills. Through all my activities I have strong desire to enable everyone to live life to the full, regardless of any disadvantage.
I enjoy walking, reading, knitting and I attempt to keep fit at the gym regularly.”
Canon Felicity Lawson
Canon Felicity Lawson retired in July 2017 after 16 years as Vicar of St Peter’s Gildersome (and latterly also Priest in Charge of St Paul’s Drighlington) now in the Diocese of Leeds but formerly the Diocese of Wakefield. She was Parish Worker at St Margaret’s Aspley in the 1970s where she and John Finney developed what is now the Saints Alive! Course before moving to St John’s College Nottingham to teach Pastoral Studies. From there she moved in 1987 to the Diocese of Wakefield as Director of Ministerial Training, later becoming Dean of Ministry and Director of Ordinands. It was there in the 1990s that she was involved in the team who produced Emmaus: The Way of Faith.
Felicity became a Trustee of ARM in 1988 and Chair in 2001. As such she oversaw the birth of ReSource in 2004 and remained Chair of Trustees until 2012. She has rejoined the Trustees in 2018 to offer support during this exciting time of re-envisioning and transition.
In retirement Felicity is living in Barnoldswick where she has been supporting her local church through a vacancy (happily now filled) and spending more time at Scargill where she has been a Council member for some years. She is delighted at the growing partnership between ReSource and the Scargill Movement. She enjoys walking along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal which is only a few minutes from her front door and exploring this beautiful part of the world, entertaining friends and creating a garden.
Mr Barry Smith
Barry Smith is Chairman of Haine & Smith Opticians, a Wiltshire based company with 20 practices, and of a small property company.
Barry is married to Liz, with two sons, Giles (40) and Felix (30). Rupert died in an accident aged 18.
Barry is past Chairman of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians, and past Advisor to the General optical Council.
He is a member of the Lambeth Partnership; a Trustee of the Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing, and Lay Chair of the Savernake Team Council in the Salisbury Diocese. Barry is an Adviser to the Aldhelm Mission Fund, and holder of The Aldhelm Cross. The Aldhelm Cross is awarded to lay people who have made a significant contribution to the Salisbury Diocese.
Barry is a long-standing member of Marlborough Rotary Club. He still attempts to play badminton and tennis (slowly), and supports Southampton football club (someone has to).
He spends as much time as possible at his house in Scotland, where he enjoys walking, and he supports St Johnstone football club (again, someone has to!).