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Rev. Paul Knight

I'm Paul. I am married to Annette and we have three grown-up children:
Emily, married to Pete with a daughter Amy and 2 sons, Thomas and James; Vicky, married to (another) Paul; and Chris, married to Becky with son Erik. We have a 2 dogs, Penny and Jenny, and enjoy Caravanning! We have also enjoyed a few holidays to the Dominican Republic and, as a result, have connections with several charities helping to support children in need in that country - Please click here to see the Links page

Annette Knight


Hi, I am Annette and married to the Vicar, Paul. We share a close ministry in the Parish and I also sing as part of the music group at the second service. My other skills are in being able to run the church kitchen for large meals and events. It takes a lot of planning and thought and is very tiring, but I love it...... The kitchen team also cook every week for the Bridge Club too.


I love caravanning with Paul and the family and we regularly go to Cornwall for our summer break. Being Welsh, I also love to see Wales at any time.

Wendy Harper

Hello, I’m Wendy Harper and have been a Reader here at St. Peters since 1998.  Jim and I have two daughters, Sarah  and Caroline; two sons-in-law, Martin and Robert; and four grandchildren, Francesca, Erin, Chloe and Daniel. I help by leading Services, preaching and taking funerals. I co-ordinate the Prayer Ministry Team and lead a house study group. On the fellowship side, I’m a member of the Flower Arranging Group - something I enjoy very much, and love attending social gatherings with my church family, whenever I can.  In my home life, I enjoy  trips to my static caravan in Ryedale,  gardening and lunches out with friends.

Leif Wilks

I'm Leif Wilks, and I have been a Reader since October 2006. I share with Wendy the privileges of leading worship, preaching, conducting funerals, and generally supporting Paul in the work of our Church community.

Denise Gosling and Miles Lawson - Churchwardens.

This photo was taken after Denise and Miles were sworn in by the Archdeacon of Halifax at Dewsbury Minster in 2016. This happens every year after the Church AGM where Churchwardens are elected. Their role is to ensure that everything runs smoothly from the church building and assets through to being the church's policemen. Basically they are here to help anyone if there is any need or concern. They are responsible to the Bishop first, then the Vicar and the Parochial Church Council.

So if you need anything at all, or have any concerns, please speak or contact us.

Ray Gallagher

I'm Raymond, though most people call me Ray. I served as Church Warden for 21 years and retired in April 2008. I have been granted the title of Warden Emeritus which means I no longer have the responsibilities of office but continue to serve in whatever way I can.

Solly Wilson

Hi, I am Solly. I am the Verger at St Peter's and look after arrangements for Funerals and burials with a responsibility for the church records and registers. I am also a member the Pastoral Team with the privilege of taking communion out to those who are unable to come to church due to illness, and visit people who want 'to have a chat'. I also help to prepare and serve food in the kitchen for the weekly Wednesday Bridge Project and for other special meals in the Fellowship Area.

Ann Lister

Hi, I am Ann and I am the Sacristan at St Peter's, preparing the church for Holy Communion Services and one of the Lay-administrators for Holy Communion. In the past I have also held the role of Churchwarden with my husband, Fred. I open-up the church for weekly services, weddings, funerals and other events, and close up afterwards. I help in the kitchen for Bridge and other dinners that the church puts on.

Sue Lawson

Hi, I am Sue Lawson, married to Miles our Churchwarden. We have 2 children, now left the nest, and have 4 Grandchildren all boys and soon to have a 5th which is a girl.  I am St Peter's Safeguaring Officer and I aim to ensure that all children and vulnerable adults are cared for safely while at church working in line with our Diocese Safeguarding guidance and principals.

Alison Sowden


Hi, I am Alison - I am part of the ministry team in Church and help with leading services and co-ordinating Baptism applicants.


I also help in the preparation of young people for confirmation.

Adrian Ellwood
I am Adrian.
I have real passion and commitment towards raising awareness of, and confronting stigmas around dementia.
This includes both within our church and in the wider community.
St Peter's is now recognised as a church   "working towards being dementia friendly"
Along with other committed people we work towards maintaining and improving this recognition.
This year (2017) I have the privilege of serving as the lay chairperson for the Churches Together In Birstall committee.
Elaine Jackson

I work as part of the church pastoral team along with Solly , Alison and Margaret. We are here to help at any time and willing to call at your home for a chat if you feel that might help. We are responsible to the vicar to ensure we get everything right.
Margaret Carbut

I am a part of the church pastoral team and help with the Little Fishes Sunday school and help running the Mums and Tots Thursday Playgroup.

I also pray for people at services and look to our Lord Jesus to bring his healing touch to peoples lives. Along with Solly, Elaine and Alison, we are available to visit and chat if that might help.
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