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Church of England Middleham & Coverdale, East Witton & Thornton Steward

The Parish of Middleham with Coverdale, East Witton & Thornton Steward

Sharing God's blessing


About Us

Who's Who

Jeffery Payne
The Reverend Jeffery Payne - Rector

Prior to coming to the United Parish Jeff had been Rector since January 2011 of St. Mary’s Church, Norwood Green in the London Diocese and served his title at a nearby parish, St. George’s, Southall.

Jeff brings experience of leading the opening of a new Church of England primary school and forging strong links with local schools. He also led some building projects notably new Church heating and bells refurbishment. He was a member of a steering group involved in a project to bring a disused allotment site back into community use. He was also chaplain to the local police station.

Jeff completed his theological education with a 2:1 BTh from London School of Theology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Ministry from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

Prior to ordination Jeff was employed since leaving school as a City worker in the Financial Sector.

Jeff’s hobbies include darts, eating and then walking it off with our former breeding dog for Hearings Dog for Deaf People, Oscar.

Tel: 01969 326069
Mobile: 07443 581463

Elizabeth Moody
The Reverend Elizabeth Moody - Associate Rector

Liz was ordained in 2002 and became curate in Uxbridge (London diocese) where she also met and married Jeff. It was a BIG party!

In 2005 she became associate vicar in the parish of St Mary with St Christopher, Hanwell, and became very involved in the establishment and running of a winter night shelter for homeless people run by the local churches. She also served as a trustee of the local foodbank.

She remains committed to issues of social justice, and is constantly challenged by the impact of the small choices.

Liz also likes to walk the dog, watch films and good tv drama, and with Jeff, enjoys eating.

Applegarth House, Leyburn Road, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorks DL8 4PL.

Mobile: 07796 988302

Reader Neil Mabbott
Neil Mabbott - Reader

Neil is one of our Lay Readers, licensed in October 2007. He is married to Karen and they have two grown up boys.

Neil spent 13 years in the Army and 18 years in Industry; during the last 17 years he played an active role within the Church at Middleham. 

Tel: 01969 623753

Dave May - Reader

After a career in the City of London as a Foreign Exchange dealer, David and his wife Gwen moved to Muker in Swaledale, where they ran the Village Store and Tea Shop for 17 years.

After retiring he joined Middleham Church and started training as a Church of England Reader. He was licensed as a Reader in October 2008.

Tel: 01969 623717


open the book

Open the Book

We have a team that regularly does 'Open the Book' assemblies - dramatic retelling of Bible stories.

Open the Book team in action
  Our team in action.

open pantry

Open Pantry

We have a supply of non-perishable goods for those in our parish who find themselves in need at this time - please contact 07796 988302 - confidential and discreet.


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Church of England Middleham & Coverdale, East Witton & Thornton Steward