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 Peter Hills
Peter is the Methodist Presbyter working alongside Gillaine, representing the Wey Valley Circuit.
A supernumerary (retired) minister, his association with St Michael’s began in 2014 as the Methodist Ecumenical Officer for Surrey, in which role he was appointed a director of Sheerwater Churches Limited.
He leads worship at least twice a quarter, is a member of all church councils and shares in the pastoral care of the congregation.
Peter is also a chaplain to the Police and ambulance services, local cadet forces and Westminster Abbey, and the Honorary Chaplain to the Royal British Legion Women’s Section.
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’.
Cally Burch is an ordinand, training to be a vicar. She joined St Michael’s in September 2018 and will be with us for at least three years.
She is studying theology at St Mellitus in London and is usually at St Michael’s on Wednesdays and Sundays. Cally is married to Rob and has two teenaged children, as well as two cats and a dog.
Alongside theology training, she has been working as a business contracts lawyer in various corporates and charities in London, but would prefer to be spending her spare time out in her garden, in the countryside or by (or on) the sea!