Meet the team….

Acting VICAR

On 29 September 2019 Revd Kevin Cecil retired from his ministry as Vicar of the Wye Reaches Benefice. The Diocese has begun the search for Kevin’s replacement and in the meantime we are delighted that  Revd Penny Powdrill has agreed to become our Acting Vicar  with Revd Jill Stephens as the other half of the team.

We wish them well in this challenge and thank them for their invaluable ministry to the five parishes of Wyereaches Benefice.

IMG_3157 Revd Penny Powdrill 01600 714096 Profile of Penny Powdrill I was brought up in rural Devon then London. After graduating with an Honours degree in Biology I was accepted as a volunteer with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and I worked for the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture on various training projects, primarily in Soil Science and Horticultural Botany.  During my time in Tanzania I travelled widely and visited several Game Parks including the Serengeti. On return to the UK I trained as a teacher specialising in Further Education and took up a post at Burnley College leaving after three years to go to Birmingham University to undertake an M. Ed. course.  During this time I also got married and then we moved to Monmouth. Since moving to Monmouth I have been in constant employment as a teacher/lecturer working both in teacher education at University of Wales College, Newport and latterly at the Royal Forest of Dean College where I continued to teach an array of science based subjects (A’ Level Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science, maths for engineering to name but a few!) plus taking charge of their Teacher Education programme.  I also work as an Education Consultant for Further Education for City and Guilds. I was licensed as a Reader in the Church of England in 2003 and have subsequently been ordained as a priest and presently act as Curate to a number of local parishes. IMG_0370 Revd Jill Stephens 01600 890975 Profile of Jill Stephens I was brought up in North Herefordshire and did my nursing training at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. After finishing my training I went to the British Hospital in Paris for two years. I was going to America, but I re-met my husband in 1972 (we had travelled to school and college on the same bus). After we married I continued to work as a theatre sister until we returned to Hereford. I then worked at the Hereford Eye Hospital and in A&E, until I retired in 2006. I was licensed as a reader in 1998,  ordained as a permanent deacon in 2006 and ordained priest in 2013. My special ministries within the Wye Reaches Churches are as Chaplin to our Nursing/Residential Homes and looking after Baptisms.


St. Dubricius Sue Morris



St. Swithins –   Sir Colin Shepherd  IMG_3163


St. James – Connie Morgan

Connie Morgan

The Wye Reaches Benefice