Phil Cansdale is vicar of Trinity Churches, a role which includes leading the staff team and overseeing the 1045 congregation at Holy Trinity. Originally from Bristol and coming via Pakistan, Oxford, Canterbury and Wolverhampton, he has been in Shrewsbury since 2009. Married to Tracey – who he describes on any application form as his greatest asset – he has three children, Lottie, Hamish and Barney. Phil has many aspirations in life. Ideally he’d love to play the piano like Jools Holland, cook like Jamie Oliver, and explore the world like Bear Grylls. Given the extreme likelihood of failing in all three, he will settle for being a loving husband, a great dad, and a fruitful church leader.
Charlotte Gompertz is curate at Trinity Churches. She is married to Adam (who is also ordained) and they have two children, Noah and Molly. Charlotte has a background as a mental health nurse and as a youth and children’s worker in various churches for Coventry to Lymington and some others in between! She has moved to Meole Brace from Lichfield , having trained for ordination at St. John’s Nottingham. She is dreadful at housework, is a descendant of Spencer Percival (Google him!) and has an aversion to seafood. She enjoys walking her dog, Ripley; cross stitching Star Wars characters and is just a little bit obsessed with ‘Doctor Who’.
Valerie Pitt is an Associate Minister at Trinity Churches, with a particular role overseeing the 9am congregation at Holy Trinity and includes some ministry on the Meole Estate. Valerie champions the cause of the elderly in the parish. She enjoys a good chat over a cup of tea and she also keeps an eye on our monthly Trinity Table lunch. Valerie is married to John and they have five children and an increasing number of grandchildren. Valerie also enjoys singing and conducting the Christmas choir, as well as gardening, walking and playing with their grandchildren.
Charles Ruxton is an Associate Minister at Trinity Churches. Sometimes seen as old and wise, he is actually rather childish, though you have to get to know him to see that (ask his wife, Sylvia). He is known to spend time wondering how it might be possible to pray, as well as actually praying. He earns his living by running a successful small business doing pollution testing and cleanup and spends spare time with family, whistling folk tunes, hill-walking and going sailing when he can. Sylvia and Charles have a small retreat house attached to their home.