Meet the Team

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.

Fr Will Sweeney, Assistant Curate


My name is Will and I am married to Minnie. I grew up in Tavistock and have lived there for most of my life. I felt a calling to become a Priest aged 11. I spent time working as a care home assistant, a learning support assistant and a barman before spending four years at St John's College, Nottingham training for Ministry. I am now serving my first post as Assistant Curate in Exeter and loving the various aspects of ministry. I love to travel with my wife and to go on walks with my Labrador Louis.

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.