FINDING A NEW TEAM RECTOR (Updated 23rd February)

Unfortunately no appointment has been made and further information will follow shortly.

CURATE LAURA TO TAKE A YEAR’S ABSENCE (Posted 28th November 2021)

Laura writes: I am going to pause my role as curate and take a year’s leave on 1st January. I am delighted to share with you that I’m becoming a parent, adopting a 5 year old boy who I’ll meet and bring home in the early weeks of 2022. It has been a long process, one that Tom Benson and the Archdeacon have been part of since the beginning two years ago, and a calling that is best fulfilled whilst I’m a curate.

We shall greatly miss Laura’s enthusiasm, ebullience and her concern to make sure that all is as well organised as possible. We wish her well as she becomes mother to a little boy, and offers him the care and support he needs.

Gina will of course be in overall charge of the Mission Community and its 7 churches, supported by the other members of the ministry team. However, Gina is meant to be half-time, and the other team members are all voluntary, so it is clear things are going to be tight. So do please do all you can to support our ministry team.

LIVING IN LOVE AND FAITH (Posted 1st October 2021, updated 27th December)

30+ people from across our mission community took part in three groups using the Living in Love and Faith course, which looks at issues of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. There was very positive discussion, and several participants have sent in comments and contributions as the Church of England reaches a crucial stage in the debate about these issues.

THE NEXT STAGE OF THE JOURNEY (Posted 20th June 2021)

Following the move of the Rev Tom Benson to a new parish, we are starting on the process of seeking a new incumbent. The churchwardens of all our parishes and the clergy and readers are meeting together, and beginning to work on the profile which will describe our various churches, the overall mission community, the different needs, and the qualities and gifts we are looking for in a new Team Rector.

The life of the Mission Community now continues – the exciting journey of following the Lord’s leading.

We thank Tom for the huge amount he has done over the last years. We shall greatly miss his ministry among us, but we wish him and Maryanne well for their new future.

Tom’s last Sunday morning service with us was on June 6th, and concluded with worship in the open-air behind St Luke’s Church, Buckfastleigh, including a presentation on behalf of Buckfastleigh Town Council. Photos below.


It was with great sadness that we heard the news about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. In our services in church on Sunday April 11th 2021 we gave thanks for his life and his huge contribution to our nation, and we prayed for Her Majesty the Queen and for the Royal Family in their loss.

Photo courtesy of Press Association

Congratulations to Gina

The Rev’d Professor Gina Radford, Team Vicar in our Dart and Avon Mission Community, has been awarded the Canterbury Cross by the Archbishop of Canterbury for her outstanding work providing medical advice for churches and the Church of England’s senior leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic. Gina is a former Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. 

Back in church!

Services in our churches resumed in Holy Week, and all our churches held services on Easter Sunday, April 4th 2021, after the lockdown period. Hallelujah!

Laura’s priesting
Our curate, Laura McAdam, was priested in a small but lovely service at St Luke’s, Buckfastleigh, on 27th September, 2020

Worship in the great outdoors
As well as worship in church and online some of our churches have experimented with open-air services – recently one at Littlehempston and one at Staverton.

August 2020

Starting to emerge from lockdown

Most of our churches have been closed during the Coronavirus outbreak apart from Buckfastleigh, which has served as a resource centre throughout. Now all are open for private prayer on various days of the week at various times, and all are open for Sunday worship in church, some weekly, some monthly.

  July 2020


Gina Radford, our Team Vicar

The Reverend Professor Gina Radford was licensed on 12th June 2019 as Team Vicar in the Dart and Avon Team Ministry. Gina works on a half-time basis, with special responsibility for the parishes of South Brent and Rattery.


A new member of the ministry team

Laura McAdam was ordained deacon on September 14th 2019 in Exeter Cathedral to serve as curate in our mission community.

Good Friday on Brent Hill

As usual on Good Friday there was a procession with a cross from the middle of South Brent to the top of Brent Hill.
A large number of people (and a good few dogs) processed, stopping at several places for a Bible reading, hymn and prayer, as we reflected on Jesus’ crucifixion.

  Easter 2019

The Dart and Avon Mission Community

This started officially on November 1st 2018 and was inaugurated at a service of Holy Communion on Sunday November 18th 2018 in St Petroc’s Church, South Brent.
The service was followed by a bring-and-share lunch, with people from the different churches mingling together.

November 2018