Trish Boyd

I’ve lived in Halifax all my life.  My two big passions have always been science and theology (‘God stuff’).  When I left school, I trained in dyeing and colour physics and I worked in the textile industry for many years.  Now, although in a different field of industry, I’m still working full time as a chemistry analyst. Being a Reader, along with everything the role involves, is what I enjoy doing in my spare time!

I gained a BA in Theological Studies in 2008 and then two years later began my Reader training.  I was admitted to the Reader Ministry in October 2011. I was licensed to the Minster in April 2013 and part of my time will be spent serving the parish of St Mark’s, Siddal.

…So, when you hear someone say that science and religion don’t mix, tell ‘em to think again!

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Reverend David Simon

Before becoming Lecturer at Halifax Minster in 2014, David occupied academic posts in Accountancy and Finance at the universities of Aberystwyth, Hull and Humberside, was the Administrator of Rydal Hall (the Carlisle Diocesan Retreat House and Conference Centre), and served as Assistant Priest in the Beverley Deanery (Diocese of York) and in the Cartmel Peninsula Team Ministry (Diocese of Carlisle).
During over 25 years of ordained ministry, much of it ‘work-focused’, he has been an honorary tutor for theological education and held appointments as Bishop’s Officer for Non-Stipendiary Ministry in the dioceses of York and Carlisle.

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The Revd Canon Hilary Barber

I have been Vicar of Halifax since 2007 and before that had 12 years working in Manchester Diocese.

My work seems to fall into four categories:

  • Care of the Minster and its people
  • Chaplain to the private, public, and third sectors across the town of Halifax and borough of Calderdale
  • Patronage – appointing Vicar’s to parishes across the borough with the archdeacon and bishop
  • Work across the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
I am also very involved with the Greater Churches Network and the movement for Urban Minsters across the country. I am committed to helping Halifax punch above its weight in competition with all the other northern towns on the M62 corridor!

I am married to Sarah and we have four children. In my spare time I love gardening, music, walking, and visiting France. I remain an avid supporter of Manchester United!

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Graham Gribbin

Graham’s love of choral music began with him joining the Choir of Bradford Cathedral as a young Chorister.

Whilst being head Chorister he began organs lessons with the Director of Music Keith Rhodes and during this time gained experience in accompanying services which he has continued doing so in local Churches for the past 30 years.

Prior to being appointed Sub Organist at the Minster he was Director of Music at St. Martins Church , Heaton Bradford. He combines a busy practice and performance schedule with running a successful piano service and retail business GSG Pianos in Shelf.

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