Rev Ashley Buck


Ashley was born in Bridgnorth in 1961.  He read History at Manchester University and trained for the Ministry at Cuddesdon Theological College, with parish placements at Kirkby, Merseyside, and Rotherhithe, London.  He served as curate at Addington, Surrey and St Peter's Eaton Square, London, before returning to  Shropshire in the Wenlock Team Ministry, where in due course he became Rural Dean of Condover.  He moved to Cleobury Mortimer in 2003 and is now Rural Dean of Ludlow.  Ashley is married to Jo who teaches Classics in Shrewsbury, and they have three grown-up children.


Rev David Eve

Assistant Clergy

David was born in 1945 and trained at King's College London and St Augustine's College Canterbury.  He was ordained Deacon in 1975 and ordained Priest the following year.  David has spent all his time in the West Midlands, starting out as curate at the Church of the Ascension (Diocese of Birmingham) where he remained for several years after ordination, then as Team Vicar at King's Norton from 1979-84, and as Vicar of Rowley Regis until 1993.  Before coming to live in Cleobury Mortimer David was a non-stipendiary minister at Hallow and Grimley with Holt, in the Diocese of Worcester.


Rev Sue Barrett

Assistant Clergy

Sue was born in  Berkshire in 1956, trained as a teacher and qualified with a BEd at Brighton University.  She taught in Worcestershire where she met James and married in 1981, they have three grown up children and six grandchildren. In 2003 she trained for Ordination at The Queens' Foundation in Birmingham.  She has been a Self Supporting Minister in two different parishes in Worcestershire but was called with James to open their home as a Retreat House in 2012.  A move to Cleobury Mortimer in 2017 has meant the Retreat work could grow alongside her role  as Assistant Minister in the Benefice.


Rev Martin Quayle

Assistant Clergy

Martin was born in Burnham, Middlesex in 1960. He qualified as a dentist in 1982 at the Royal London Hospital, and spent most of his career in London. He and his wife, Fiona, moved to Shropshire in 2004. They have five grown up children and five grandchildren. Martin was ordained deacon in 2008 after training at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and has served in both the Winchester and Hereford dioceses. He still practises as a dentist, and also dabbles in fig-cultivating and beekeeping.


 Joe Simons


Rather than being sent to Coventry I arrived in Coventry in 1962.   Life began in my grandmother’s front room in late March, my mother being particularly stoic, either that or no one had mentioned pain relief.

I had a happy and rather uneventful childhood save for two moments of note.   The first was the consumption of a small quantity of petrol. I liked the smell, suffice to say I don’t any more.  The second involved me taking on the role of 007.   I thought that I could kick through a small pane of glass in a rubbish skip.   Actually, you do need sugar glass and a stunt person in order for the illusion to work.   I was taken to the local GP where I was stitched up under candlelight.   I am still trying to work out if these events were truly formative.

My schooling was equally uneventful save for always being just short of the expectations of my teachers.  That may be a teacher thing to stretch one to achieve, or simply that I was always just short of their expectations.   I come from a family of teachers especially scientists.   My father was a Professor of Chemistry and my younger brother Professor of Theoretical Physics so clearly a life in the ministry was on the cards for me.

Truth be told it probably was.   I felt drawn to serve and recognised through my parents and siblings that service was an area that sat very comfortably with my natural disposition.   However, as I have come to realise you can’t always expect to get from A to B in the most direct route, in fact it is often best if you don’t.   I went to university and studied for a degree in Urban Estates Surveying and two years after that I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. My specialism was retail and after spending some time managing the property estate for a now defunct Dry Cleaners, I spent the majority of my career working for Boots the Chemists looking after their stores and acquiring new ones.   My work took me all around the UK and also overseas for a short period of time.

My life has had its fair share of ups and downs and my faith has been right at the heart of it, especially when my mother and my daughter died in very quick succession.   The darkness that comes with loss drew me even deeper into the reassurance that I was loved by God and valued not abandoned.   There was a tap on the shoulder which turned into a push, then a tug and finally I succumbed and was approved by the Bishops Advisory Panel in June 2017.

I am looking forward to my curacy and getting to know you all.  This next stage in my journey, will I pray, be built by us together as I seek to serve you and our God in this new place.


Charlie Houston


Charlie grew up in Hertfordshire before attending university in Reading and serving four years in the Army. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and married Emma, a Shropshire girl in 1987; they have four adult children and currently live in Neen Sollars. Charlie came to faith after attending a guest service at HTB church in London and joined an Alpha course there in 1985. After becoming a Reader in 2001 he now helps to lead Alpha in the benefice, a prayer group on Monday nights and leads worship at Neen Sollars and sometimes elsewhere.


Paul Kemp


Hello. Avril and I arrived in Cleobury Mortimer last October. Having already visited St Mary’s several times, we recognised this as the right place for us to continue our faith journey.  We had intended to retire closer to our son Andrew his wife Keeley and young children Sonny and Evie. Those plans were brought forward when it became apparent that Avril would be heavily involved in the care of baby Evie who has a serious kidney condition.

Avril had been brought up in Halifax, whilst home for me was Epsom.  We met as students, through the Christian Union at Leicester University.  After graduation, we lived in Bromley (Kent). Avril was briefly a Social Worker before a serious stroke led to a change of direction and a career as a Speech and Language Therapist.  I became a Solicitor, specialising in family law.  I later trained as a Family Mediator and practised both disciplines until 2015.   We moved to Worcestershire in 1976 and settled in the village of Kempsey.     

I continue to practise as a mediator (and as a mentor to other mediators) both in Worcester, at various locations around the West Midlands and (especially now) via video-conferencing. Retirement is not an imminent prospect as I enjoy my work and regard it as a part of my Christian Ministry.

We were part of a Baptist Church until about 2005 when we felt that it was time to reflect upon our future spiritual journey.  We found a new home in the local Parish Church where I was confirmed and, in 2012, admitted and licensed as a Reader.  Because of the demands of my ‘secular’ work, my Reader Ministry has been principally as a preacher of God’s Word and leading non-Eucharistic services.  I anticipate that this will continue to be the case in the CM Benefice, joining a team dedicated to sharing the good news of God’s saving love for humankind.  

We have been hugely encouraged by the welcome and support that we have received from the church community here and look forward to working alongside you.


Mark Greaves

Youth and Family Worker

 Mark grew up in the Lake District, moving to Oxfordshire in the mid ’90’s. He started working for Midlands Electricity Board in 2001. Upon completion of his apprenticeship he worked in the faults department as a cable jointer. In 2006 he made a decision to take a year out and applied to to become an Activity Instructor at the Pioneer Centre. The plan was always to go back after 12 months but God had other plans. In 2008 Mark and his friend Bev started volunteering for SMYP, moving the monthly fun session at the Pioneer Centre to a weekly youth club based in the Parish Hall. In 2009 Mark started the long road to completing a distance learning degree in Youth Work through the Open University (it took 7 years!). In 2010 the youth work had grown so much that the PCC made the bold move to employ Mark as full time Youth Worker with very little funding but a faith that God was in it and would provide. Mark married his friend Bev in 2010 and they now have two children who are very much part of the work of SMYP. Their trust and faith in Jesus is what drives their commitment to this community and to see young people and their families become the best version of themselves.