Find out more here about some of the key people at St Michael’s Sheerwater.
Reverend Gillaine Holland
Gillaine is the leader of the Bishop’s Mission Order at St Michael’s and an ordained priest in the Church of England. Appointed to lead and grow the church during the Regeneration, she lives on Sheerwater and can be spotted on her distinctive lime green bike around the estate.
Gillaine has worked as a homeless hostel manager, a prison chaplain and an artist/illustrator amongst other things. She loves shaping worship creatively, spending time in school and getting to know the community. ‘For me, faith is about every moment of every day: learning to live fully, joyfully and with integrity as the person God made me to be. It’s a life-long journey and I’m loving this part of the adventure that has brought me to Sheerwater.’
Gillaine volunteers in prison with the Sycamore restorative justice project and co-leads Kairos (a Christian LGBTI support group). In her spare time, she loves reading, latin/ballroom dancing and art galleries (although her children say her main hobby is talking to people and they’re probably right!)
Reverend George Quarm
What an honour to be invited to work and serve in the Wey Valley Circuit, and in South East District. As we start this new and exciting relationship.
Anyway, if you are under forty years of age call me “Uncle George” and above forty years call me “King George.” I came to serve in the United Kingdom in 2000, having served in Ealing Circuit, Luton, Brixton, then Blackheath and Lewisham, Bromley, The Fens, Lesnes Abbey and short stay with Battersea and Wandle Valley Circuits. Prior to my coming to the country, I served in Ghana Conference for 13 years.
My ministry has brought me in contact with people of Orthodox, Evangelical, Pentecostal, and charismatic faith. This was made possible through organised retreats and conferences in many countries (home and abroad) i.e., Newfoundland, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, France, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada, Yellowknife, (in Northern Western Territory of Canada) USA, and many other places.
I am married to Ewurama (Ama), a nurse by profession, since 1986 who is also a Local Preacher, and blessed with three adult sons and a daughter in-law (Michael, Anthony, Sir-Folliott and Bianca, daughter in-law)
Reverend Jay Whittaker
Jay has been worshipping at St Michael’s since 2017, and leads the music on most Sunday mornings. He is a retired English teacher and an ordained Anglican priest, as well as a member if the Anglican Franciscan Third Order.
Jay is married to Rosie and has three children and three grandchildren. He helps with the pop-up Café that has recently been started at St Michael’s, and away from St Michael’s is a leader and music director of a group meeting in Guildford for adults with learning disabilities.
Judith has worshipped at St Michael’s since 2010 and was licensed as a Lay Minister in June 2019. She enjoys working as part of the ‘St Michael’s team’ and is particularly interested in listening to people’s stories and exploring questions with them. As a lay minister she is able to lead services and preach from time to time.
She is married to Andy and has two grown-up children, a grand-daughter and a dog. She walks the Basingstoke canal most days and loves the peace she finds there. She is also a keen ‘allotmenteer’.