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 the outward facing work of the Abbey in the city, and with communicating the Abbey’s message to visitors. He is also the Area Dean of Bath, with oversight responsibilities for the Anglican churches in the city and surrounding villages. 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. He is married to Diane and they have four grown children. He is constantly looking out to discover the new things that God in Christ is doing in his world, and to discern how we are being called to participate with him.
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 Minister
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.
Nigel Rawlinson, Associate Minister
Nigel and Pat joined the Abbey Christian community in 2019. Nigel was ordained in 1999, and stayed in self-supporting ministry, working as a doctor in A&E, and Palliative Care, and as Director of Student Affairs in Bristol Medical School. This location of ministry is fascinating, and “outside church”.
After 35 years in medicine, he was appointed University Chaplain in 2016. He is also Assistant Area Dean, working with Stephen. He believes that people have more faith than they realise, especial at times of crisis. He loves enabling and growing faith in Jesus, building on the foundation stones of 1: A narrative of building Christian unity, 2: a practice of compassion, and 3: A habit of prayer
Revd Cath Candish, Curate
Cath is due to be ordained on 25 June. Cath joins us after a year as Interim Minister at St Andrews Community Church in Foxhill. Before that, she trained at St Mellitus college, London. Cath lives in Combe Down with her husband John, two teenagers, an elderly mother and her carer, two dogs and a cat. She is a linguist with a background in homelessness, refugees and international development. Cath moved to Bath four years ago from her family farm on Exmoor. Prior to that she has worked in London, Nottingham, and rural western Tanzania.
Revd Ken Madden, Retired Minister with Permission to Officiate
Ken served as Headmaster of three independent preparatory schools, including eight years in Kenya, before being ordained in 2009 in Gloucester. After moving to Bath in 2013 he joined the ministry team at St Michael’s Without and from 2018 joined Bath Abbey as an Associate Minister. Since retiring in 2021 Ken now has Permission To Officiate and continues to enjoy a varied and active ministry at the Abbey.
Ken is married to Libby and they have three married children and eight grandchildren. He has a particular interest in the First World War and goes with Libby most years to serve as Wardens at Talbot House near Ypres. He sings in the Bath Minerva Choir and enjoys all sports, especially watching rugby and cricket, and is a member of Bath Golf Club.
Executive Director & Churchwardens
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 is 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.