Meet the Team

Fr David Nixon, Team Rector

Fr David Nixon, Team Rector

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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.

The Revd Sarah Cumming

The Revd Sarah Cumming

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My name is Sarah Cumming and I've recently joined St Thomas after being Ordained in September 2019. I have lived in Exeter for 16 years, which is the longest I've lived anywhere! I trained as a Primary School Teacher and will continue to teach part-time while working in this parish as a Curate. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, sewing and knitting, and chatting to friends over a cuppa.

Mr Philip Baker, Lay Reader

Mr Philip Baker, Lay Reader

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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.

Fr Terry Litherland

Fr Terry Litherland

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I was one of the first Ordained Local Ministers in the Manchester Diocese in 1993, working as a self-supporting Priest in the Horwich & Rivington United Benefice (4 Parish Churches). My 'day job' was as a Carpenter & Joiner, for almost 50 years. I retired at 65, giving me time to take on other voluntary community roles. Having grown up in that community, it was an immense privilege to minister to families I had known all my life. Moving to Exeter to be near to family, it is now a great privilege to be Honorary Priest at St Thomas. My wife and I enjoy exploring this wonderful corner of England and, if it rains, I have always got plenty to read, crosswords to solve and Classic FM to 'lose myself' in.

The Revd Alison Whiting, Associate Priest

The Revd Alison Whiting, Associate Priest

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My name is Alison. I trained for the Priesthood and was ordained in the Salisbury diocese. I completed my curacy at St David's church, in Exeter. I have particular interests in chaplaincy and spirituality. During the week, I work full time as a speech and language therapist, with children and young people. In my spare time, I enjoy reading poetry and good quality novels, cycling (in good weather and without traffic!) and spending time by the sea.