Who's Who

 

 Rev'd John Harries

John became the vicar of our Benefice on 11th May 2015 at an Induction Service taken by Bishop Libby Lane.

 

John was born and raised in SE London and after leaving school went to Bristol University to study Chemical Physics.  After his degree he obtained a Ph.D. in ‘Crystal related arthropathies’, ie gout, osteoarthritis etc. in conjunction with the Bristol Royal Infirmary.  He was encouraged to carry out an experiment at a relatively new facility at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire.  He became hooked and started post-doctoral work at Manchester Biophysics department and Daresbury investigating bone formation.  Two years later he moved permanently to Daresbury investigating muscle structure and function.  He says that at that stage it was, without doubt, the high point of his scientific career and life. He loved everything about his work and had met and married his wife, Judith.  In the next few years Becky and Millie were born.

But John says that the Lord was working in his heart and gradually directing him away from science towards a ministry within the church. He cannot say when or even how it began, or how it was that he could be so fulfilled in the work he was doing and yet walk away from it to undertake something for which he felt totally inadequate and unprepared.  Yet by God’s grace that is exactly what he did.  He handed in his notice at work and moved to Wycliffe College in Oxford to begin training for ordained ministry in the C of E.  He was then 35. Whilst in Oxford, his third daughter Abi was born.

He began his first curacy at St. George’s, Hyde and four years later, on completion of his curacy, moved to St John’s Church, Higher Walton, Warrington to take up the post of Priest-in-charge.  He feels God must have a sense of humour returning him to a parish not 2 miles from the laboratory where he had been working before being.  He was at St John for nearly 15 years.

 

On seeing the vacancy for our Benefice, John felt he was being called to serve God here and became the vicar of our Benefice on 11th May 2015 at an Induction Service taken by Bishop Libby Lane.


John has also been the part-time chaplain at St Thomas Boteler C of E High School.  He has also recently published a book entitled Beyond Suffering: Encountering Christ in the Book of Job.

   
  Rev'd Kim Quak-Winslow

 

Kim was born and raised in Stalybridge & Dukinfield in Tameside, Greater Manchester. In 2002 she left for Brisbane, Australia to spend 6 months with YWAM (Youth With A Mission).  Here she met Corniel, who is from The Netherlands. They got married in 2004 and Kim initially continued her work in Hospitality Management before studying Bsc (Hons) Psychology at Huddersfield University. She graduated with a First and then worked for a number of years in the Travel Industry as a specialist travel agent for disabled people. During this time her daughters Avah and Amarah were born.


From the age of 15, Kim has been involved at her local Anglican church: leading youth groups, and Alpha courses as well as occasionally preaching at services. She also served as a Church Warden and as a PCC member.

Looking back, Kim now realises that there were various times that God was calling her to ordained ministry, but she didn't see it at the time. This changed in 2012 when Kim started exploring ordained ministry in the Church of England, attending a Foundations for Ministry course and regularly meeting with her Diocesan Director for Ordination (DDO). In 2013 she was recommended for ordination and she started a three year training course at Trinity College, Bristol in 2014.

At Trinity College, Kim developed a deep interest in Theology and its importance to the Church in informing it to proclaim the Gospel with greater clarity. As a result of this she applied for permission to be able to continue her academic studies as part of her ordained ministry, which she was granted by the Church Research Council and the Bishop of Chester. Kim is due to finish her MA in September 2017 after which she will start her PhD, combining her studies with her work as curate in our benefice.

Rural ministry was not something Kim would ever have imagined doing, calling herself a “proper city girl”.  However, when the DDO proposed the curacy in our benefice, Kim sensed God was calling her to serve here alongside John. Kim became our curate on 2nd July 2017 after her ordination as Deacon at Chester Cathedral that day. She lives in the Vicarage at Wincle with her husband, 2 children and Fender, their dog.