at St Leonard's
Rev Dr Ben Kautzer
I grew up in Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California and did a degree in business communications and theology in San Diego before moving to Nottingham in my mid twenties to do a Masters.
My 'short' trip abroad turned into something rather different when I met my wife, Jo.
I went on to study for a PhD in Durham and worked as an academic researcher.
Just when I thought I had my life all planned out, I felt God's call to pursue ordination in the Church of England.
All the scattered bits of my life's journey began to point to this one vocation and I have never looked back!
I trained for ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and for the last four years I served my curacy at Earley St Nicolas in east Reading.
During this time, I also served as a part-time chaplain to the Bishop of Reading and taught as a theological educator for the Diocese of Oxford.
Along the way, Jo and I have been blessed with two beautiful boys, Ted and Gregory.
I enjoy time with friends and family, adventures with our boys, reading fiction, politics and theology and relaxing with a good boxset.
We are delighted to call Oakley our new home.
It is such a joy to be with you.
Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and welcome
Rev Sue Colman
Sue grew up in York, moved to London in her early 20's where she spent time variously getting married to Jamie, picture restoring, mothering four children, counselling, pastoring, life drawing, getting involved in local authority adoption and foster work, working with vulnerable teenagers, before ordination training. She served her Curacy in London, whilst also being chaplain to a theological college, work which she loves and will continue.She was licensed as an Associate Minister of this parish on Sunday 24 November 2019. We are thrilled.
Deals with the nitty gritty of keeping the parish running.
When she is not listing terriers(lists of church artefacts) and going to meetings, Sheila enjoys ballroom dancing, with her husband Mike, learning Spanish, possibly inspired by recent holidays in Latin America and South America, and organising Christian prayer counselling.
The voice at the end of the Church Office phone.
If she doesn't know the answer it won't be long before she does.
Before joining us she worked at the Register Office and the customer support department of the John Lewis store in Basingstoke.
She enjoys cooking and coastal yomping - ideal training for the busy office!
Married to Shirley with two daughters, Alice and Emma.
Derek is a Management Consultant working with the National Health Service.
He is leading the work on improving St Leonard’s Church, the host and question-master of regular quizzes and a passionate supporter of mission work in the copperbelt of Zambia.
Barnaby somehow manages to keep track of all our expenses, both incoming and outgoing and still has time to go to work, be father to two daughters and venture off on long cycle rides - like to Italy!
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Teresa lives in Wootton St Lawrence.
When she's not organising events around the village she sings in a rock choir that has featured both at the Edinburgh Fringe and at the BBC Proms in the Park.
She is involved in advising at Money Lifeline and shares her home with Hattie her blind dog.