Banbury Methodist Circuit


Superintendent Minister

Rev Lin Francis

As well as being the Circuit Superintendent Minister, Lin is also the minister for the town churches: Easington, Fairway, Grimsbury, and Marlborough Road. Lin moved to Oxfordshire after serving seven years in the Brighton & Hove Circuit in the SE District as Superintendent. Previous to that she served five years in the North Hertfordshire Circuit as a presbyter. Her ministerial training was undertaken at Wesley College, Bristol where she attained her degree.

Lin’s hobbies have changed over the years, but have included First Aid training and competition work, Road Rallying, a following of Arsenal FC, reading and baking, but above all being with family – church and relational is most important.

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Rev Steve Swann

I was born in Preston, Lancashire and brought up in Castle Gresley (South Derbyshire) where most of my family were from and Moira (NW Leicestershire), I married Julie in 1982. We have two children, Samantha and James and four Grandchildren. We have two cats, they are a 9 years old brother and sister called Sandy and Pebbles.

Work wise I have been involved in the manufacture of industrial latch needles, Worked underground in the mining industry (13 years), been a part-time fire-fighter, lorry driver, shelf-stacker, conveyor belt repairer, warehouse man, storeroom manager, and for a time had my own business selling and servicing fire extinguishers, this also included a time training water board workers to work in confined spaces!

From 1997-2009 I was a Children, youth and Families Worker in Lytham St Anne’s, Keresley in Coventry and finally in Felpham, West Sussex.

I entered Queens college in Birmingham for training before being stationed in 2011 to the Lizard and Mounts Bay circuit in Cornwall where I had responsibility for 7 chapels including Britain’s most southerly at Lizard point, time there was both rewarding and challenging as we worked with the 22 churches across the circuit.

In 2016 we moved to Colchester where I was to take up a pioneering post on the West Colchester development.

I love to attend Christian festivals and conferences and encourage others to do the same. I have also been involved with Messy Church, Prayer spaces in schools, Fresh Expressions and Open the Book.

I am a lifelong Methodist and believe in living out our faith both within the church and the community through Mission and evangelism. Though the Methodist Church faces some great challenges in the next few years we have a great opportunity to join God in his mission to a rapidly changing world!

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Wendy Humphris

Pioneer Minister

Clare Taylor

Circuit Administrator

Julie Swann

Families Worker

Rev Chris Gaynor


Rev Malcolm Cook

Authorised Presbyter

Rev Lynda Spokes

Associate Presbyter

Supernumerary Ministers

Rev Chris Eddy
Rev Jean Fletcher
Dcn Margaret Hale
Rev Robert Jones
Rev A Mary Pheasey
Rev Jeffrey Smith
Mr John F Warren

Circuit Stewards

Circuit Steward

Mrs Janet Jones

Circuit Steward

Cate Volkes

Circuit Steward (Finance)

Miss M Tanner

Circuit Meeting Secretary

Mr W Stageman

Circuit Quinquennial Secretary

Mrs Cicely Lewis

District Chair

Rev Helen D Cameron