It was with sadness that the Deaf Church es of Leeds and West Yorkshire said farewell to Rachel Wilson in July. Rachel moves to become a house for Duty Priest as assistant curate at Pocklington in the York Diocese. We also marked the retirement of Tom Bevan as a lay reader. Many thanks to them both for their years of service
Rachel Wilson started work in the Deaf community as a Teacher of Deaf children and is married to Keith a retired forester, whose work mainly involved community and amenity woodland work and creation. They have lived and worked in West Yorkshire most of their married life and lived in Haworth when their girls were growing up.
They have two daughters, Kathryn, now 30, and Miriam, 24.
Following early retirement from teaching and her training and ordination, Rachel served her curacy and first ministerial post in Long Preston with Tosside and Slaidburn, below Settle in North Yorkshire, between 2003 and 2010. During this time she began ministry within the Deaf community, using and developing her sign language skills, and worked with Deaf people across the whole of what was to become the new Anglican Diocese of Leeds in West Yorkshire and the Dales whilst continuing her role within the parishes.
In 2010 Rachel moved to live in Pool when Keith retired from his work in Burnley and Rachel became House for Duty Assistant Priest in the parishes of the Benefice of Lower Wharfedale while continuing her work with Deaf peole workign along Rev Bob Shrine. She continued to work alone for some time aster Bob Shrine's retirement until she was joined by Rev Mark Smith in July 2015
The move to Pocklington brings Rachel a step nearer to her parents who live in Sleights, making visits much easier, as they move into their 90s. For now her work with Deaf people is on hold, but she may pick up some aspect of this specialist ministry in the years to come if the opportunity arises.
Tom Bevan has given many years of service as a lay reader and now enters well deserved retirement from that role . He continues to active in Deaf Church. He has a love for God and a heart to reach our into the Deaf Community. Diane Colville continues as our only remaining Deaf Reader.