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Last updated 17th April 2017

THE MINISTRY TEAM



























REV NORMA RAO


Before ordination Norma was a deaconess in China and worked as a Chinese Christian Radio programme producer as well as providing cultural training for missionaries who were working in China.

After her ordination training in England, her curacy was in Endcliffe, Sheffield and she was then Associate Vicar in Rotherham.

Norma was Rector of St Michael’s, Rossington near Doncaster before coming to St Mary's. 


WHO'S WHO




Jenny Lomas - Churchwarden


A retired teacher, Jenny has lived and worked in Middlesbrough all her life, most of it in St Mary's parish. She attended Sunday school, was confirmed and married at St Mary's and her children were baptised and confirmed there also.


Bob Willis - Churchwarden

Robert Willis (Bob) – is a retired Production Manager, who has spent all his working life on the railways at Thornaby on locomotive maintenance and dealing with derailments and collisions. 

He has lived in Teesside all his life. After singing in several church choirs, he finally settled in St Mary's choir nearly 30 years ago and has been involved in the life of the church via the PCC and several committees ever since.  



Geoffrey HillGeoffrey Hill -  Organist & Choirmaster 

After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Geoff became organist of the city church of St Botolph, Aldgate and Music Master of the Sir John Cass School.   He moved to Middlesbrough in 1968 taking up, with school appointments, the Organist posts at St Barnabas, Middlesbrough and St Cuthbert's Ormesby, before moving to St Mary's on Epiphany Sunday 1980.  He retired in 1996 but returned in 2003. 


Jack ThompsonJack Thompson – Assistant Organist

Jack took his first organ lessons at St Paul's Church, Middlesbrough where he was a choirboy. His career was as a Maths teacher at Acklam Sixth Form College. 
He has served as organist/choirmaster at several churches in the Teesside area, before finally settling at St Mary’s. Being interested in singing, he has also been a member of several mixed voice choirs.
                                                      

   
 
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