To get in touch with or find out further information please contact:
info (at) BewcastleHouseOfPrayer.org.uk
Our number is ill-defined, comprising many parishioners, some more involved than others, as well as those who come and spend time with us. The principal instigators, however, are
Reverend Dr Robert Brown is married to Adele. They have 3 children. He has a joint honours BSc in Geology and Chemistry from Kings College London, an MSc in Engineering Hydrology from Imperial College London, a BA in Theology from London Bible College (Brunel University) and a PhD in Theology from Durham University. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Water and Environment Manager. He still works part time as a consultant hydrologist, including voluntarily exploring the micro-hydro potential of the local catchments for Sustainable Brampton, his local Transition Town. He did his ministerial training at Cranmer Hall, University of Durham and was ordained in Durham Cathedral as deacon in 2003 and as priest in 2004. He spent 5 years as a full-time parish priest in Upper Weardale, Durham Diocese. In 2008 he moved to Carlisle Diocese to experiment with setting up a rural minster. The diocese is extremely short of money and was unable to fund such an uncertain venture, so the project had to become self-funded. At present it includes pigs, hens, a horse, fish, and bees kept in home-made top-bar hives. Rob also plays the whistle, guitar and bodhran.
He can be contacted at Rob (at) BewcastleHouseOfPrayer.org.uk
Reverend Philip Greenhalgh is married to Valerie and is the rector for the benefice of Bewcastle, Stapleton, and Kirklinton with Hethersgill parishes, Carlisle diocese. He trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and was ordained as deacon in 1979 and as priest in 1980 in Chelmsford Cathedral. He holds the MA in Church History from the University of Durham. He has previously served in numerous parishes around the country, including Clacton (Chelmsford diocese), Stalmine (Blackburn diocese), Alston (Newcastle diocese), Chumleigh, Chawleigh, Wembworthy (Exeter diocese), Gilsland, Millom (Carlisle diocese), and Upper Weardale (Durham diocese). He has also worked for the Leprosy Mission and the Church of England Children's Society. He has an MA in theology from Durham University. Among his many areas of interest and expertise are natural history, especially birds and bryophytes, basket weaving, church history, poetry and music (classical and folk). Among other instruments he plays fiddle, guitar, English concertina, mouth organ and sings. He has been actively considering minster-based ministry for over 20 years.
Philip can be contacted at Philip (at) BewcastleHouseOfPrayer.org.uk
You can help us by...
- Sharing your ideas. Contribute something to the website.
- Getting in touch. Let us know what you think. What interests you about the vision?
- Time - there's still lots of research of various sorts required
- Skills - we need legal advice on trusts etc. and welcome a range of skills. Also help with planning (permissions), building (lightly), growing (food), energy (generating).
- Money - we are trying to raise funds to build a straw-bale animal barn. Can you help?
- Willing hearts and hands - when the time comes there'll be lots for everyone to do
- Receiving. A praying community of which to be a part. Good friends. A space to be and to be a blessing
Get in touch - email us at info (at) BewcastleHouseOfPrayer.org.uk
If you have donated, thank you very, very much. PLEASE get in touch so we can keep you informed of any developments. But only if you want!
In the event that we do not raise sufficient funds and have to close the account, all remaining proceeds will be split between various Christian registered charities.