Who's Who?

All kinds of people are involved in the life of St James.

Here are some useful names of those who might be able to help you.



Rev Lesley Chapman has been appointed as Priest in Charge from 19th July 2016.

 The Revd George Proud

Curate - retired

Dorothy Dryden - Retired with permission to officiate.

I was licensed as a Reader in 2004 and have been an Agricultural Chaplain at Hexham Mart since 2011.


 Peter Ryder


Being a reader at St James - and being trained - has been a rewarding and interesting experience as part of the Ministry Team in a varied and supportive congregation; I am still learning. Standing in the pulpit and wearing a frock was not something I ever thought I would end up doing! I think God likes surprises.

I get to play a bit of guitar as well.

Roderick Duff

Church Warden

Jenny Mathers

Church Warden

I moved to Riding Mill, with my husband and two daughters in 1984, and was welcomed into the fellowship of  St James Church. As time progressed,  I have taught in the Sunday School and helped run the church Youth Group. Now, as a Churchwarden for the second time, I enjoy supporting Lesley, our Vicar, and working with the other Churchwardens on matters from wobbly headstones to helping in the planning of services. It is a joy to interact with a wide range of people, of all ages, from our Village and visitors who join us when on holiday or for special services.

Sandy Gardner

Church Warden

Robert Laws

Organist & Choirmaster


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