This is the Team
Parish Priest – Fr. Leslie S. Drake
Fr Leslie is a dual citizen, born in New England but has lived longer in the original England. He and his wife Yolanda have come to St Mary’s after serving a mission church in South Carolina, USA. He says: “I have been a Priest in the Church of England for over 30 years – so it’s early days, yet – and I have learned something new and important everywhere I’ve been. Well, time will tell.”
His message to everyone at the start of his incumbency is; “At St Mary’s our Anglo-Catholic witness arises from a joyful acceptance of Christ our Saviour, a faith to be shared with everyone we meet. Our role in today’s society is to model and preach the love of Christ. We invite you to join in our fellowship and ministry. At the intercession of Our Lady and all the Saints, let us proceed as faithful witnesses and make our beloved Church of England the best it can be.”
If you wish to contact Fr Leslie please use the details below or contact him here.
Fr Leslie S. Drake
St Mary’s Vicarage
105 Vicarage Hill
Essex SS7 1PD
Reader – Marian Howe
Marian is Married to Norman Howe. He is one of the Church Wardens and the Treasurer for St. Mary’s.
Together they have six children and fifteen grandchildren. Marian has retired now, but worked as PA to a head teacher of one of the local Comprehensive schools. She is also a Governor of a local primary school.
Marian is specifically responsible for the Healing and Prayer Ministry team. You can see more on this on the “can we help?” page. She visits local care homes regularly, so if you have a relative or friend in one of these please let Marian know and she will arrange a visit.
Church Warden – Terry Babbage
Terry is a Cornish man and still retains his Cornish connections. He was a choirboy and server in his earlier life. He has lived in Benfleet for 30years. He has one daughter and one son and two granddaughters. He has retired from his full time work since August 2006.
Terry is the main organiser of the Summer Fayre and Christmas Bazaar and other fundraising events. He is also acting as PCC Secretary currently.
Terry loves St Mary’s and the people here, and has found friendship when he divorced 14 years ago after 27 years of marriage. He is an enthusiastic gardener, and flower arranger.
One of his hobbies is the British Monarchy, he visits many Palaces and Royal Churches. He is also a member of Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir and Chairman of Benfleet Horticultural Society
His phone number is 01268 752997.
Church Warden / Treasurer – Norman G Howe
Norman is married to Marian. Who as shown above is one of St Mary’s Readers. He is a very busy man undertaking the Treasurer’s functions as well as Church Warden.
Norman is also a member of the Pastoral Committee, Church Hall Committee and assists with the Healing and prayer ministry works. He is always willing take up any concerns on the Church or services on behalf of anyone in the congregation. Together with Marion he is much involved in the parish work with the elderly.
Norman is very happy to discuss the Church Finances and to advise on the best ways of giving to the Church.
His phone number is 01268 754046.