Meet the Team

Fr David Nixon, Team Rector


My name is David, and I was born and brought up in Worcestershire. I studied at St Stephen's House in Oxford, and have spent all my ministry as a deacon and priest in the diocese of Exeter, recently as Dean of Studies at South West Ministry Training Course. I am also an honorary research fellow in theology at Exeter University, and my academic interests focus particularly on marginalisation and vulnerability. I enjoy swimming as a relaxation.

Fr Charles Keay, Team Vicar


My name is Charles and I was born in Hampshire but grew up mostly in Devon. After university I worked in publishing in London before discerning a call to the Priesthood. I spent a year as a lay worker at Holy Spirit, Southsea, trained at St Stephen's House, Oxford and have subsequently served in market town, rural and suburban parishes in Portsmouth and Lincoln Dioceses. I am married, have two children and enjoy reading, current affairs, crosswords and jogging.

Mr Philip Baker, Lay Reader


My name is Phil, I am a licensed Reader in the West Exe Ministry Team. I was born in Shorne in Kent, and attended school in Tonbridge. After spending two years in South Africa I started an 18 year career in Agriculture, working for the Potato Marketing Board in Kent and Devon. I was admitted to the Office of Reader and first licensed to Shorne Parish in 1978. I have been licensed to the West Exe Team since 2002. My interests include sailing, theatre and local government.