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New Superintendent for Bude & Holsworthy Circuit

Revd Simon H Leigh: Superintendent Minister.

Dear One and All,

It is good to be back in North Devon, it’s only taken 41 years to make the return having left Shebbear College in 1979. Since then I have served in the Metropolitan Police as a detective and for the last 26 years as a Methodist minister. My wife Donna and I have recently moved to Chilsworthy, having previously been in Plymouth where I was the Superintendent. Donna is also a Methodist minister and is now Chaplain at Shebbear College. We have three adult children, four grandchildren and a Westie called Mr Wesley.


My essential calling as a minister is to preaching, teaching, sacramental worship, pastoral care and enabling the people of God to thrive and flourish. I am a Methodist and in that tradition I am keen to work ecumenically and to enable Christians of all denominations to work together. Over the years I have developed a deep interest in practical theology, the healing and wholeness ministry and a ministry of reconciliation. I have also been involved in hospital and prison chaplaincy throughout my ministry. I serve the Methodist Church in the field of complaints and discipline, as a governor at Shebbear College and St. Petroc’s, Bude, as Rural Officer for the Plymouth and Exeter Methodist District and as a Trustee for Methodist Church Purposes (TMCP)


I follow Crystal Palace FC, Exeter Chiefs and I enjoy watching cricket.