The Minster Warminster

parish office: 01985 215460

Who's Who

Our Rector

Revd Jacques Desrosiers was ordained in 1994 in Canterbury Cathedral after training in London. He is married to Susan and they have three adult boys and five grandchildren. Jacques originally trained as a Chartered Accountant and worked for many years as a Finance Director in Canada and in the UK for charities working in International Development. Jacques enjoys reading novels, listening to music, walking, playing the occasional game of golf and mucking about with the banjo(s) at any opportunity regardless of whether it is appropriate or not.

Revd Carole Owen Has now retired she was our Associate Priest she was Ordained In 2001 after training in   Salisbury.  Married to  Richard, Carole has 2 adult children Sarah and Jonathan and one Grand Child. Having taught is Warminster primary schools for many years, Carole works with children and families through Messy Minster, baptisms and school assemblies.  She has been Warminster Hospital chaplain since October 2014. Carole enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her’ family.

Church Administrator

Tony Wilcoxis the Minster Church administrator. From February 1st 2016 he will took over from our long serving, much loved Dick Collins. Tony moved to Warminster some 8 years ago. He has been involved with the Minster since moving here. Now retired Tony is very involved in lots of volunteer work, various sports and charities. His love is Sport, gardening and chickens. Yes those are Tony and Jacques chickens you often see wondering down Church Street.

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Revd. Canon Harold Stephens is a assistant Priest based at the Minster.

Revd. Canon Harold Stephens  


Deacon and Curate

Rev'd Gay Maynard

I came to the Warminster area over twenty eight years ago with my husband Bob and daughters Michele and Colette, both are now married and we have a granddaughter and two step granddaughters. I have been involved in church life here as a chorister and choir leader, a churchwarden and an LPA (Lay Pastoral Assistant). I have been a volunteer in a number of local organisations whilst also running a dancing school. As well as song and dance I enjoy cooking, reading, sewing and craft. I started to feel that God may be calling me to ordained ministry around twenty years ago but it wasn’t until 2009 that this journey towards ordination began in earnest. I am a prospective candidate for ordination as a deacon on Sunday June 26th 2016 and priest in June 2017, I am looking forward to serving a curacy here at St.Denys.

Gay Maynard


LPA Coordinator

Sylvia Short

Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs) are trained by the Diocese and authorised by the Bishop to engage in pastoral ministry on behalf of their church. They work as part of a clergy and laity team. They may work with children and young people, the sick, the recently bereaved, the elderly or those housebound. They may take communion to those unable to come to church and they may also assist in the Healing Ministry of the Church. All LPAs focus on pastoral care, but an individual’s ministry varies according to their gifts and skills, and the local situation. In all cases the ministry calls for a loving and compassionate heart and a willingness to listen and support those in need. At present there are 7 Lay Pastoral Assistants working at The Minster Church.

David Hayes is a Retired Assistant Priest based at the Minster.

Revd David Hayes  


Alison Wadsworth is a Retired Assistant Priest based at the Minster.

Revd Alison Wadsworth  


Liz Smith is a Retired assistant Priest based at the Minster.

Revd Liz Smith  


Revd Richard Davies is a Retired assistant Priest based at the Minster.

Revd Richard Davies  



David Prior Now retired, David spent his working life as a hotel manager and he came to Warminster as General Manager of nearby Bishopstrow House in the late 1980s. He subsequently worked in Bath. He has attended the Minster since that time and has been a member of the PCC for a number of years. He co-ordinates the Gift Aid scheme for the church and is also one of our Street Pastors and an LPA. He is Chairman of Trustees of the Community of St Denys and Secretary of St Boniface Trust.

Phil Short email David  


Sheila Pomeroy

I am married to John,and we have 3 daughters. During their school years I was working voluntary in our community which gained me a wealth of knowledge and when the girls left home, I worked as team administrator for the Minster, 8 years, which I enjoyed very much. I then decided to study at Wiltshire College in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and gained my qualifications which has been invaluable in my role as an LPA. I have worshipped in The Minster for many years, and in this time I have served in many duties, now as Churchwarden I shall be proud to serve the parish. My hobbies are my home and garden, and I enjoy meeting with friends over a nice cup of coffee in town!

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Church Safeguarding officer

Phillip Short

Church Sexton




Director of Music

Kerry Bishop

Kerry studied Music and Drama at London University and has enjoyed a fulfilling 40 year teaching career in London, Salisbury and Warminster. In addition to his organ and choral commitments at St.Denys he regularly conducts for Bath Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Salisbury Music Theatre, Frome Spellbound Youth Theatre and Opera Group.  

Kerry Bishop