Reader Ministry

Readers play an important part in the ministry of the Church of England. Their significant contribution is acknowledged in the publication of the Regulations below which provide an agreed framework for further growth and development. These Regulations clarify the basis of their duties and the practice of their ministry, and provide a common understanding to be applied in all dioceses.

Bishops Regulations for Reader Ministry.

Contact information:

The Diocesan Warden of Readers

Ven. Christopher Futcher, Archdeacon of Exeter
Emmanuel House, Station Road, Ide, EXETER EX2 9RS
Tel: 01392 425577 Email Christopher

Deputy Diocesan Warden of Readers

John Vinton
Burchetts Lodge, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0HW
01364 643482  email John

Reader Administrator

Hannah Cross
The Old Deanery, Exeter EX1 1HS
Tel: 01392 294911 email Hannah

ARCHDEACONRY WARDENS (appointed by the Bishop)

Each archdeaconry has one Reader Warden and one Ordained Warden; either may be contacted on any Reader matter.

Barnstaple Archdeaconry

David Halpin
Nethergrove House, High Bickington, UMBERLEIGH, Devon EX37 9BQ
Tel: 01769 560423 Email David

Exeter Archdeaconry

The Rev’d Stephen Weston
The Vicar’s House, 7 College Road, OTTERY ST MARY, Devon EX11 1DQ
Tel: 01404 812979 Email Stephen


Plymouth Archdeaconry

The Rev’d Gary Shirley
The Rectory, Tor View, Horrabridge, YELVERTON PL20 7RE
Tel: 01822 854239 Email: Email Gary

Elizabeth Dickens
52 Budshead Road, West Park, Plymouth, PL5 2RA
Tel: 01752 298570 Email Elizabeth

Totnes Archdeaconry

The Rev’d Ian Blyde
The Rectory, 16 Holwell Road, BRIXHAM, Devon TQ5 9NE
Tel: 01803 851340 Email Ian

Ron Edinborough
3 Manor Road, Paignton, TQ3 2HT
Tel: 01803 400233 Email Ron

ARCHDEACONRY HONORARY READERS’ SECRETARIES (for assistance in arranging cover for services)

Barnstaple Archdeaconry

John Hartfield
3 Higher Elmwood, Roundswell, Barnstaple, EX31 3SG
Tel: 01271 327437 Email John

Exeter Archdeaconry


Plymouth Archdeaconry

Jason Marsh
55 Bayswater Road, PLYMOUTH PL1 5BU
Tel: 01752 262349 Email Jason

Totnes Archdeaconry

Joyce Howitt
Aviemore, Greenfield Drive, South Brent, TQ10 9QF
Tel: 01364 73093 Email Joyce

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