The Parishes of Dunham Massey

Service to commemorate Jerry Sutton’s ordination 30 years ago

Service to commemorate Jerry Sutton’s ordination 30 years ago

Wednesday 29th June, St Margaret’s church 7.30

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Jerry was recommended for training after an ACCM selection board which took place in 1979 at Chester Retreat House. He undertook two years pre-theological training on the Aston Training Scheme and then spent three years in Cambridge at Ridley Hall Theological College.

He was ordained in Chester Cathedral on the 29th June 1986 and served his title as Curate of St Paul’s Seacombe from 1986 – 1988 and then undertook a second curacy at St Luke’s and Holy Trinity Northwich from 1988 – 1989.

The Bishop then offered Jerry a living as incumbent in Birkenhead Priory Parish where he served from late 1989 until 1995. During his time in Birkenhead the Bishop asked him to take on a ministry in the Royal Army Chaplains Department as a Reserve Chaplain. This commenced with an attachment to the King’s Regiment. He was mobilised as part of the NATO force sent on Op Lodestar to the Former Yugoslavia.

After an incumbency which saw three churches rolled into one and a £1,000,000 worship and community centre opened by Her Majesty The Queen the Bishop asked him to move to St Chad’s, Over where he served from 1994 – 2001. He had a particularly effective schools ministry in Over and was Chaplain to the Vale Royal local authority based in Winsford. Jerry’s role also included Chaplaincy to the West Cheshire Hospice based in the parish.

In 2001 Jerry was installed as vicar of St Margaret and St Mark, Dunham Massey where he has now served very happily for over 15 years. At St Margaret’s much energy has gone into restoring the magnificent building, establishing parochial links and growing the church community. At St Mark’s too much effort has gone into growing the church community and broadening it’s ministry to the many people who use the church for their occasional offices. His ministry in the RAChD had by now been established in the Parachute Regiment as one of very few ‘Parachuting Padre’s’.

In 2013 Jerry was fortunate to be awarded the QVRM in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours List. He was also promoted in the Reserve and is now responsible for the recruitment, training and deployment of all Reserve Chaplains.

He continues to enjoy being Vicar of Dunham where he met and married his wonderful wife Sharon in 2004 with whom he has two children Aaron and Harriett. Jerry is also proud father to Sian, Andrew and Bethany.