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Our Team

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Rev Danny Reed

Superintendent Minister

Danny is 50 years old and has been a Methodist minister since 1998 and has served as the superintendent of the Lizard and Mount’s Bay Circuit for the last 10 years. Danny is a Cornishman, loves the natural beauty around our circuit, collects cranberry glass, breeds and exhibits Chickens and Ducks and loves family history and singing.  Danny’s role is in administrative and pastoral oversight of the staff, preachers and chapels in the area, envisioning our congregations to be outward looking, transformational and loving within the Church and within communities. Danny’s catchphrase for individual members and for the Church is “To know Jesus and make Him known”.  Danny is married to Sarah and has 2 grown up sons: Ben who is training in Nottingham Uni to be a Vet and Thomas is training to be a Dairy herdsman and Local Preacher.  Danny feels very privileged to lead such a great leadership team who work hard to share God’s love in Jesus.

Rev Diane Grice

Minister

Diane joined the LAMB Circuit in September 2019 and has previously served in Methodist Circuits in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire.

Diane has pastoral charge of the Methodist Chapels in Goldsithney, Leedstown, The Lizard, St Keverne, Mullion and Ruan Minor.

She was born and grew up in Nottingham. She enjoys walking her dogs.

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Alice Altenberger

Children and families worker

Alice is originally from Austria but has lived in Cornwall since 2018. Alice came to the circuit as a trainee with South West Youth Ministry team. Alice runs and supports toddler groups, youth clubs and Sunday activities. Alice is always up for trying new ideas to empower and equip children for their next step in their personal journey of faith. In her free time she likes to cook, bake and go for walks especially with her friends.

Sarah Reed

Epworth Missioner and Youth Worker

Sarah attended Porthleven and Helston School and in her early life had 2 passions, horse riding and dancing representing her beloved Cornwall! From School Sarah attended Duchy College and developed her Floristry career, business and teaching qualification. The love of working with children has been a constant through Sarah’s life either teaching Sunday school, running youth groups or holiday clubs. Sarah decided after children to work in her local school and worked with all ages of children as a HLTA. Sarah later trained in early years and ran a nursery in a school in Truro. Sarah left working in education to join the team in 2021 as our Epworth Centre Missioner and Youth Worker and loves sharing the good news of Jesus in practical ways.

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Theresa Hosking

Circuit Administrator

Theresa joined the LAMB team in 2018 as a clerical support worker. Currently she works four days in the Circuit office. As the Circuit Administrator her role is very varied involving the usual office jobs plus being an ambassador for the Circuit to the general public who visit the chapel at Central, Helston. Theresa comes from a large Cornish family who regularly love to get together and is a keen follower of whatever sport her family are involved in: football (male and female) rugby and netball to name a few.

Karen Carpenter

Contact Circuit Steward

Karen is our Contact Circuit Steward, she has always lived in the Lizard and Mounts Bay circuit growing up in Carnkie Wendron where she regularly attended the Sunday School. When Karen and her family moved just outside of Helston she began worshiping at Central Methodist Church where she sings in the worship band and volunteers in the Child and Family team. Karen joined the Circuit Leadership Team in 2019 she supports our Children's work and enjoys visiting the Chapels across the LAMB Circuit. With a background in supporting families who have experienced domestic abuse, Karen is also part of our Circuit Safeguarding team.

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Jane Shainberg

Circuit Steward
Currently on compassionate leave

I was born in Porthleven and lived here until I was 8 when my dad became a Methodist minister. We moved to Peterhead, Scotland then Moston in Manchester and finally to Bebington on the Wirral. Once I qualified as an Occupational Therapist I moved back to the area and have been here ever since. Life has not always been easy on our moves and has taught me a lot about different bodies of people within the Methodist Church helping me to grow in my own faith. One thing is for sure that Jesus’ love is the same wherever you are and in whatever you do - a very comforting thought! Jane joined the team as a steward in 2021

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James Tripconey

Circuit Steward

James is a true Cornish man who owns and manages his family dairy farm in Mullion and has supported Trinity, Mullion and is a member at Central Methodist Churches. James and his wife have 4 wonderful children. Away from Church activities James is often supporting his children either at the side of a football field or supporting his daughter in her love of all things equestrian.  James is a Circuit Steward and is also a valued member of Centrals youth team and helps at Centrals Youth Clubs.

Janet Hearn

Circuit Steward

Janet has only recently joined the Circuit Leadership team as a steward as for many years she and her husband had the huge task of being our Circuit Meeting Secretary’s. Janet is a member of Trinity Methodist Church and is a talented organist and pianist. Janet is a Mother and Grandmother and loves nothing better than spending time with her family.

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Vanessa Williams

Circuit Steward

Vanessa is a Steward at Porthleven Methodist Church and also has recently joined the Circuit leadership team as a Circuit Steward. At Porthleven Chapel Vanessa has been involved in the children’s work for many years and has nurtured many young people’s faith and their knowledge of Jesus and his love for them. Vanessa is also a talented flower arranger. Outside of Church Vanessa is a Guide leader and works for the NHS in one of our local hospitals.

Paul Combellack

Circuit Treasurer

Paul is Treasurer of the Circuit, having taken over the role in January 2019. He is a member of Central Methodist Church at Helston, where he is also part of the Finance and Youth teams. Paul has grown up in the Methodist Church and undertaken many roles within it.

Away from Church activities, Paul is a qualified Accountant and a Director of Pullen Davies Solicitors, based at St Agnes. For relaxation, he enjoys being part of various local amateur dramatic societies and watching and playing sport. He is happily married to Mary Louise and has four lovely children, of whom is justifiably proud.

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