Meet Our Staff

Rev Ian Meredith

Vicar / Priest-in-charge

I have been our Vicar since March 2013.  I was born and brought up in Paisley in Scotland, but I am on my ‘second tour of duty’ in England, having lived in Middlesex and Hertfordshire for 20 years.

While working in a psychiatric hospital in my late teens, I came to personal faith in Christ and very within a few years sensed a calling to ministry.  I attended London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and pastored various free churches before becoming an Anglican in 2000. I describe my theology as somewhere between ‘open evangelical’ to ‘middle-of the road’ with slightly high-church leanings – quite an eclectic mix, which probably reflects where St Mary’s is also at in theology and worship.

Further training at Kings College, University of London was followed by a post-graduate degree in pastoral theology at Edinburgh; and my doctorate in Irish migration and the Scottish Episcopal Church was awarded by the University of Durham in 2007.

I was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church, as Deacon at St John’s, Dumfries in 2002 and a year later was ordained Priest at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow. My ministry in the Anglican Church has included being Associate Minister of St John’s, Dumfries; Assistant Priest in the Annandale Group of Churches; and latterly as Team Rector of the South Ayrshire Team (Ayr, Maybole and Girvan).

I describe myself as a bit of a ‘general practitioner’ in ministry rather than a specialist, but I have a passion for developing spirituality, alternative worship, Christian formation, discipleship, and mission.

Having spent short periods in India and Ghana has given me a sense of the world-wide church, and I am involved in the Portsmouth Diocese two days per month on the Fareham and Gosport Deaneries joint Education Group, setting up training for local churches. I am  also a Chaplain in the Sea Cadet Corps.

My hobbies and interests include family and local history, music and reading, world travel, and places of interest.

Trevor Hubble

Honorary Assistant Priest

Nell Wycherley

Reader

With permission from the Bishop to Officiate as Reader I am active in lay ministry as a part of the ministry team at St. Mary’s Church, serving in the life of the church and community. The role involves preaching, teaching, meeting with the bereaved and officiating at funerals. I am also a part of a team assisting at school assemblies.

I am a part of a team which runs the local Portchester Stroke Club, a voluntary organisation and registered charity affiliated to the Stroke Association. We meet weekly, with mutual support as patients, carers and helpers. We provide social therapy: encouragement and stimulation with quizzes, visiting entertainers and other light-hearted activities including a monthly outing for lunch.

As a Bed and Breakfast proprietor I offer hospitality to visitors.

I continue to sing as a recitalist from time to time and will do so in a song recital accompanied on the piano by Eunice Pike. This takes place at St. Mary’s Church, Portchester in a series of summer lunch time recitals.

Emma Capps

Parish Administrator
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Emma lives in Lee-on-the-Solent with her three children, Zoë, Ashby, and Ezra, as well as her husband of 15 years, Justin. She was born into an RAF family in Buckinghamshire and has lived in places far and wide, including Germany, Wales, Alton, Philadelphia, Texas, and even Las Vegas!

In America, she earned an Education degree and worked in Christian schools as both teacher and school leader, gaining experience of administrative and pastoral responsibilities. Since moving back to the UK to be near family, she has worked as a customer advisor, trainer, and manager for a Lloyds Bank Customer Service Centre and served as a school governor for a local junior school.

She writes, “As a family, we enjoy hiking, geocaching, exploring the country, working down on our allotment, and attending music festivals – especially if Justin is playing with his band. I am absolutely delighted to be joining the St. Mary’s team as the Parish Administrator, and I look forward to getting to know the congregation and the local community. When we moved to England, our first family outing was to Portchester Castle and St. Mary’s. So the Church and grounds have always held a special place in our hearts.”

Emma is a member of St Faith’s Church, Lee-on-the Solent, where she will continue to attend.