Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey
The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater was licensed as the Abbey’s 29th Rector in a special service of welcome on 26 November 2018. Guy joins us from Horsham, Sussex where he was the Team Rector and Rural Dean for eleven years. He was ordained in the Diocese of Salisbury in 1987 and has since served the church in many different ways. Prior to Horsham, he was Diocesan Missioner and Residentiary Canon in the Diocese of Gloucester and has also held posts in Dorset, at Lee Abbey in Devon, as Vicar of Cranbrook in Kent.
Revd Stephen Girling, Abbey Missioner
Stephen joined the Abbey's clergy team in April 2015 and has a particular responsibility for Discipleship, Developing Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Communication here at the Abbey. After five years as a defence scientist, Stephen was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1991 and has served in suburban and rural parishes, most recently as the Vicar of Crofton Parish in Fareham, Portsmouth. He is married to Diane and they have four children. He is constantly looking out for the new things God, in Christ, is doing in his world and learning more about him – this makes the journey of faith a great adventure and Stephen wants to inspire others to take it.
Revd Chantal Mason,
Chantal was licensed by Bishop Ruth as Bath Abbey Pastor on 6 September 2020. She has a background in secondary education, and taught in Exeter for six years before being ordained in Exeter diocese in 2008. Chantal brings a variety of pastoral ministry experience. She has ministered in a suburban and rural parish in Exeter diocese, as Bishop’s chaplain to Stephen Cottrell in Chelmsford diocese, as Lazenby Chaplain at the University of Exeter, and she has recently worked in a creative Ministry and Media role at Lee Abbey, Devon. Chantal brings a special interest in Church Communications, the Creative Arts and the New Monasticism.
Revd Evelyn Lee-Barber, Associate Priest
With a background in business and team development, Evelyn was ordained in June 2013 and came to Bath Abbey as a curate to train. A recent masters degree enabled her to pursue her interest in teams and leadership writing a dissertation entitled 'Servant not master; re-imagining time in Christian Leadership'. She is married to Chris and has two daughters and a cat.
Revd Ken Madden, Associate Minister
Ken joined Bath Abbey in August 2018 as Interim Minister for one year. After serving as Headmaster of three independent preparatory schools, including eight years in Kenya, Ken was ordained in 2009 in Gloucester. Since moving to Bath in 2013 he has been part of the ministry team at St Michael’s Without and welcomes the opportunity to strengthen the partnership between our two city centre Anglican churches. In addition to joining the liturgical rota Ken will be helping to host events at the Abbey and seeking to support and grow the team of Chaplains who ensure a spiritual presence in the Abbey during the week.
Ken is married to Libby and they have three married children and seven grandchildren. He is chairman of governors of a school near Malvern and has a particular interest in the First World War. Whenever possible he goes to the gym, and enjoys watching rugby and playing golf.
Tim Norton, Youth and Families Minister
Tim has over 20 years’ experience in youth ministry and has worked at St James Church in Gerrards Cross as Youth Pastor, at King Edward’s School in Witley as a School Chaplain, and as Manager of the Beacon Youth and Outdoor Activity Centre at Lee Abbey in North Devon.
Tim enjoys building strong relationships with young people and their families and finding engaging and creative ways of communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ to this emerging generation. He is married to Sandie and they have a son Josh, who went to the University of Bath and is now a PE Teacher in Edgebaston, as well as two French Bulldogs. He loves being in the outdoors and spending time with family and friends and is really looking forward to being able to watch Bath play at the Rec and getting his time down for the Park Run in Rainbow Woods!
Frank Mowat, Executive Director
Frank joins Bath Abbey from HSBC Bank where he was a Regional Director. He is MBA qualified and his commercial knowledge and experience is extensive having spent the last 36 years advising and supporting businesses and charities achieve their goals. Frank will be responsible for developing the commercial activities of the Abbey pre and post the completion of our Footprint programme which will involve forging strong relationships with the local business community, schools and local visitor attractions.
Frank has lived on the outskirts of Bath for the last 25 years with his wife Dawn their two children and his dog Ted. He is a Bath Rugby season ticket holder and enjoys running, going to the gym and travel.