Who we are
We at St Aidan’s are a very diverse community coming from a variety of countries, cultures and backgrounds. Among us, many different languages are spoken. Our Sunday Parish Mass is conducted in English, although the Gospel is also read in either Shona, Farsi or French. Find out more about Services & Events at St. Aidan’s.
The Revd Andi Hofbauer was licensed as priest-in-charge of St Aidan’s Church on 17 December 2015. More to follow.
The Rev’d Diana Zanker, has been in ministry at St Aidan’s since 2005. Prior to her ordination she taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in a number of inner-city schools in Leeds. She is currently Chair of Trustees for Harehills English Language Project (H.E.L.P) which provides ESOL to asylum seekers and refugees at St Aidan’s and nearby Trinity United Church.
Parish Deacon (retired)
The Rev’d Clyde Rawlins, was born in Barbados and has been a member of the worshipping community at St Aidan’s for over 50 years. He was ordained in 2002 and as Parish Deacon had liturgical and pastoral responsibilities within the parish until December 2013.
Tony Jowitt was licensed as a Reader to St Aidan’s over 20 years ago. He is a regular member of a joint Society of St Vincent de Paul with a local Roman Catholic church. He visits the housebound administering home communion and maintaining contact between them and the church. He is part of a small team who provide a meal on Christmas Day for those who would otherwise be on their own. He also heavily involved in our Food Share Project.
Carolynne Pepper was licensed as a Reader in October 2010, having been a member of the congregation since 1991. She is the Mothers’ Union branch leader, a member of the PCC and Deanery Synod and is involved in the Baptism Group and Worship Committee for St Aidan’s Church.
Andrew Ifill and T K Chinembiri work closely with the clergy, and as part of their responsibilities help in the smooth running of the church and the day to day functioning of the parish such as various aspects of administration, care for the building and involvement with the people of the parish. Andrew has additional responsibilities as Hall Manager.
Philip Chinyenze is St Aidan’s treasurer. His job is to keep track of the parish and community hall finances as well as presenting the accounts at the AGM. He is always happy to receive donations on behalf of the church.
Barrie Pepper is a journalist and author. He is the church’s communications officer.