Our Team

Revd Simon Talbot


Simon is the Rector of St Mary's and has oversight of all the churches in the Culm Valley Mission Community. As Rector he leads a team of both clergy and members of our church family as we seek to worship God, grow in our faith and help others experience God’s love in their life. He is available to talk about any aspect of church life, special services, or if you are interested in exploring the Christian faith. Simon is married to Rachael, has four children enjoys running, road cycling and is also an Army Reserve Chaplain.

Contact: Rev Simon Talbot T:562570 simon@thetalbots.org.uk

Rev Michelle Parton

Associate Minister

Michelle works across the Culm Valley Mission Community but has a particular remit to look after Kentisbeare, Blackborough and Ashill. She takes our Wednesday morning service at St Mary's once or twice a month, and leads services at St Stephen's Ashill which is part of our parish. She has a passion for creation care, social justice, and building community. She enjoys wild swimming, board games, folk dance and playing musical instruments.

Contact: Rev Michelle tel: 266741


Rev Gudrun ThomasCurate

Gudrun joined our team in 2019 for four years as she gains experience as the final part of her training to be a vicar. Gudrun works with each of the churches in our Mission Community but mainly focuses on Willand and Uffculme. Gudrun is an Exeter City season ticket holder, enjoys running around the lanes of our local area and joining in with various Park Runs.

Contact: Rev Gudrun Thomas tel: 840622 rev.gudrun.thomas@gmail.com

Claire Nichols

Community Outreach worker

Claire works with churches and schools across the Mission Community helping build community and offering creative opportunity for people to experience the love of God and explore or deepen their faith. She is often found sewing, knitting, baking or reading and is always happy to chat over a cup of tea!

Contact Claire Nichols 07419740742 claire@squarecorner.org.uk

Richard Rutty

Church Warden

Richard was appointed as a Church Warden in April 2016. When not involved with church and family life he sings with various local choirs, as well as leading our own Culm Valley Mission Community Choir.

T: 839241 email: rrutty15@aol.com

Alison Milne

Church Warden

Rachel Tucker

Spotlight Editor

Rachel faithfully compiles Spotlight the parish magazine every month, the church is committed to growing community and this magazine seeks to assist in this by celebrating and communicating the work of various local business people, voluntary organisations and statutory organisations seeking to serve people in the parish. Rachel has a team of people working with her to distribute this magazine.