Rev Anna Flindell says - I am a Circuit  Minister with responsibility for Chard, Ilminster, Broadway Hill and Combe St Nicholas Methodist churches in the South Petherton and Crewkerne Circuit.  I arrived in the Circuit in September 2013 having finished my ministry training at Sarum College in Salisbury where I trained alongside Anglican students.

Despite having lived in various parts of the UK, I call Somerset home as I went to school at Bruton and for many years I lived and worked in Yeovil.  My parents have lived in Sherborne since my father retired from the Royal Navy having spent a lot of time at Yeovilton and Culdrose in Cornwall.  I have two daughters; Louise who lives in Bournemouth and Abigail who is at home and studying at Bridgwater College.

For five years prior to my arrival in Circuit I served as the Free Church Chaplain at HMP Guys Marsh just outside of Shaftesbury. HMP Guys Marsh houses over 600 male adult prisoners serving sentences from a few months to life imprisonment.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed prison chaplaincy, I had felt a call to Circuit ministry for some years. 

My first year following three years at college has flown by and although it has been a steep learning curve, I have loved every minute.  


Rev Philip Wagstaff writes : I was appointed as Superintendent Minister for the Circuit in March 2016.  I have responsibility for the Churches at Crewkerne, Coke Memorial at South Petherton, Kingsbury Episcopi in Somerset and Netherhay in Dorset as well as working in some of the villages in between, including Martock.

I was born in the West Midlands at Kidderminster in Worcestershire and lived as a student in Manchester graduating in 1980. I then moved Bamber Bridge near Preston when I worked as a Pastoral Assistant followed by an appointment as a Pastoral assistant at Ramsey in Cambridgeshire.

Following acceptance by the Methodist Church as a candidate for Ministry, Catherine and I went to Queens College in Birmingham where I undertook my initial ministerial training course exploring theology at Birmingham University. Following college we went in 1986 to Wimbotsham near to Downham Market in Norfolk, being ordained at the London conference in 1988.  In 1991 Catherine and I together with our two children moved to Dovercourt near Harwich in Essex, and in 2001 we moved to Okehampton in Devon where we stayed for 14 1/2 years.  While we were in Devon Catherine was accepted as a candidate and commuted to Birmingham as a student at Queens college for two years.  She was ordained in 2016 at the Methodist Conference in London and she has been a minister in the Teignbridge Circuit for the past three years. 

I have shared ministry with many people in rural areas over the years and I am currently the District Rural Officer. My emphasis in ministry is commuity development and mission especially from a rural/market town perspective with a pastoral focus.  As part of my exploration of ministry I graduated from Cliff College with a Diploma in Third Age Mission and Ministry in 2015.

It has been good to meet with members and friends of the Circuit and to learn about the variety of communties and churches in this area and to explore ways of working together now and in the future.