Who’s Who

Meet The Team

Meet our clergy and the team that oversees life at St Giles’ with St Mary’s.

Father Sam Fletcher, full time curate at St Giles' Church Pontefract,

Fr Sam Fletcher

Sam has been with us since Summer 2021, as a full-time curate.

He grew up in Sutton-in-Craven, near Keighley, before moving to London for a year as a trainee youth worker, and then going on to study Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. After university, Sam trained for ordination at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.

Sam takes great joy in discussing theology, and is passionate about sharing the mystery and wonder of God’s love. He also enjoys writing and reading poetry, especially the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and R.S. Thomas.

Sam will be part of our ministry team until he has completed his training. While we are in vacancy, Sam is the primary priest at St Giles’ Church, and is happy to receive any pastoral enquiries.

Jill Clapham

Originally from Castleford, Jill has lived all her adult life in Pontefract. She is married to Peter and has four children and five grandchildren.  During the week, Jill is employed as a librarian, managing a research library at a nearby museum.

Jill was licensed by the Bishop of Wakefield as Lay Minister in November 2022 after completing a part-time course with the Leeds School of Ministry.  Prior to her licensing Jill played an active role in the life of St Giles including serving as Churchwarden, Eucharistic Minister, and Altar Server. 

Jill is enjoying all aspects of her ministry, despite having had to step out of her comfort zone.  Jill firmly believes that when God calls us, He equips us for whatever that calling might entail.

Father Michael Taylor

Fr Michael Taylor

Michael is 73, and has been married to his wife Judith for 50 years. He has 2 sons, Simon and Richard, and 5 grandchildren. He’s a retired chartered surveyor and auctioneer. He’s been working with people all his life, and sees his ministry as an extension of this.

Michael’s path to ordained ministry began with a casual comment to the Vicar of the Went Valley Parishes, Adrian Judd: “let me know if you want any help”! A pastoral ministry course ensued, which eventually led to Ordination via the Wakefield Ministry Scheme

His view on ministry is well summarised by some words of Archbishop Ramsey: “Being with the people, for the people”.

He has the Bishop’s “Permission to Officiate”, and an important funeral ministry, which gives him the privilege of ministering to friends and relatives.

The Clergy

NameRoleEmail Address
In VacancyVicar of Pontefractvicarofpontefract@gmail.com
Fr Sam FletcherAssistant Curatesam.fletcher@leeds.anglican.org
Fr Rod WalkerAssociate Priestrodwalker1959@gmail.com
Fr Michael TaylorPermission to Officiatestgileschurchpontefract@gmail.com

Licensed Lay Minister

NameEmail Address
Jill Claphamstgileschurchpontefract@gmail.com

Church Officers

 Christine Brown Parish Safeguarding Officer
 Bruce Dalgleish Churchwarden
 Barbara Sessford Churchwarden
 Peter Lavine Churchwarden
 Pam Mercer Churchwarden
 Vivienne Smales PCC Secretary
 David Leigh PCC Treasurer
 Frank Ward Pro-Warden, St Mary’s
 David Leigh Treasurer, St Mary’s
 Delia Perrett Secretary, St Mary’s
 James MacDonald Organist & Director of Music