Meet the Team

Our friendly team is made up of people with a great range of skills and expertise. We’re always happy to help, so click on our contact details to be in touch.

Marian Carson, Project Manager

Marian is a PRINCE 2 qualified project management professional with a background in delivering private sector led, government funded programmes at both local and national levels. She is experienced in community engagement, partnership working and change management. Marian is married to a priest in the Church of England and has two primary-school aged children.  The family relocated from London to Devon in 2015 and enjoy the wonderful outdoor spaces found across the county.

As Project Manager, Marian looks after the GtRC team and the work of the project, making sure our rural mission communities are offered the right support at the right time.  She also works directly with rural churches and their local communities, and is always happy to come and speak about GtRC and local and regional events.

Email Marian or tel: 01392 294912.

Sarah Cracknell, Growing the Rural Church Project Officer

Sarah has many years’ experience in community development work and working with vulnerable and marginalised groups in the community as well as working on a wide range of projects. She has a passion for supporting others to achieve things they think seem impossible and loves exploring fresh expressions of church in today’s culture.

Sarah has lived in Devon for 20 years and when not working she can usually be found looking rather muddy somewhere on the coast path with her two dogs.

As Project Officer, Sarah is out and about working directly with people in their local communities.  She can tell you more about what being involved with Growing the Rural Church might be like on a very practical level, and is a good person to talk to if you’re just interested, or at the very early stages of ideas.  You can read about A Day in the Life of a GtRC Project Officer here!

Email Sarah or tel: 01392 294902.

Sophie West, Executive Officer

 Sophie arrived in Devon 15 years ago for university, and has never quite managed to leave!  Having studied Modern Languages, she taught French and Spanish in various universities and schools before joining the Diocese.  Her work has included covering the role of Mission Resources Adviser, assisting with safeguarding training, and supporting the Synod and Property Services teams.  She is now delighted to work with the GtRC team on the delivery of this exciting project.  When not at work, Sophie can be found teaching the odd evening class, singing in choirs and being Mum to a little boy.

As Executive Officer, Sophie provides administrative support to the GtRC team, takes a lead on communications and is a good first port of call for general queries.  She is in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Email Sophie or tel: 01392 294907.


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