Get to know the St Philip's Team!
Contact details for each team member can be found on their profile.
Rev. Jonathan Brennan
I became rector of Elmete Trinity Benefice in September 2023. Before training for the priesthood, I worked for over 25 years at a firm that provided financial services to solicitors, eventually becoming the chief executive. I was ordained in 2020 and served my curacy at St Mary’s in Garforth. I am married to Diane and we have two grown-up children.
Licenced Lay Minister
I really enjoy my role as a licenced lay minister at St Philip’s. My great joy is meeting people, and being part of an outward-looking church community. Outside the parish, I do some work with the chaplaincy team at HMP Wealstun. Anne, our three sons, their wives and our six grandchildren keep me sane, and the garden is my escape route. I look forward to meeting you.
Tel: 0113 281 2769
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I was a teacher for many years, including some time as a mission partner in Africa. It was there that having a living relationship with Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit became important to me, and my journey with the Lord continues. Later I worked in a Christian bookshop in Leeds, during which time I trained as a Lay Reader. I have lived in Scholes and worshipped at St. Philip’s for over 30 years. After retirement from paid employment, I became more involved in various aspects of ministry at St. Philip’s. Currently, I organise the Friday Communion Service and run a Prayer Group.
Tel: 0113 2605073
Safeguarding Lead and Trainee Licenced Lay Minister
I am Beckie and I worship at St. Philips with my family. I am currently training to be a Licensed Lay Minister, meaning I will support the rector and other LLMs in the Benefice, to lead worship and minister to our local community. I have already completed two years with a final year based in our Benefice. I currently lead the All-Age Worship Team and organise a monthly puppet club for our young people. I am the safeguarding Lead at St. Philips. I am about to embark on a new career as a schools worker for The CROSS project, a Christian charity based in secondary schools in Wakefield.
Tel: 0113 264 1840
Lay Worship Leader
Hi, I’m Simon, and a Medical Service Engineer by trade, although I have recently retired. As I’m originally from Gloucestershire, I can only class myself as a trainee Yorkshireman, but over the years have come to really love this part of the country. My faith has always been the central core of my life since I was a child, but my relationship became even deeper after I spent two years (1989 – 1991) in Uganda as a (CMS) Mission Partner. Since coming to St Philips, I have become increasingly involved in assisting and leading ministry, even more so during Covid and the vacancy period. Courtesy of previous Lay Reader training, I already have a foundation Degree in Theology Ministry and Ministry. I have also just completed training as a Lay Worship Leader. I’m excited to see what our new Rector has in store for us and to do whatever I can to help him, and us, on our walk to Emmaus.
I have lived in Scholes with my husband and children for over 30 years and we now have 2 grandchildren. Two years ago I retired as a childminder and became Churchwarden, so now I look after the church buildings and grounds instead of children. Although I usually manage to find children as well! I have known about Jesus all my life but as a teenager, I rebelled and only came back to church when I had my first child. And I have been here ever since. If you have any questions about St. Philip’s please email or phone me.
Tel: 0113 273 3560
Worship Group Leader
I'm married to Beckie and together with our children we worship at St Philips. I play guitar and lead the music group who provide the music for services at St Philips. We are always on the lookout for musicians or singers who would like to come and join the music group, please get in touch if that is something you might be interested in.
Tel: 0113 264 1840
The Mothers Union Group share fellowship, fun and faith. Through prayer, projects, campaigns and fundraising we respond to needs, reaching out to support family life in all its forms. If you would like to know more about us, please contact me.
Tel: 0113 264 5289
Community Cafe Coordinator
I am responsible for coordinating the Community Cafe that is open in the morning every Friday and the last Saturday of the month. If you are interested in volunteering at the cafe, or you would like more information, please contact me.
Tel: 0113 281 2769
Clare de Normanville
Although I was brought up as a Catholic, it wasn’t until my 30s, that I decided to take my faith seriously and started exploring what a relationship with Jesus really meant. I’m still on that journey! My role as web editor is to ensure the site is up-to-date and information is easy to find. If you have any queries about the website, please email me.