Steve has been the Vicar here since July 2014, having previously served as a curate in Somerset. Before his Ordination, Steve worked as a Solicitor. He is married to Angela, and they have three energetic children who all now live in London.
Steve has a long-standing interest in the theatre and has been known to share the pulpit with various puppets. He is a Watford fan and when he has some spare time, loves hiking, reading and music.
Mary Cantacuzene has been serving as a self-supporting minister since she was ordained in 2005, whilst continuing her work as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in her own Private Practice. She has lived near Bures for more than 35 years and has a particular interest in pastoral care, Spiritual Direction and Ignatian meditation. Mary describes herself as a ‘rather bad’ bridge player and ‘seriously addicted’ to The Archers. She has three children and five grandchildren.
Tricia is the newly appointed curate. Always happy and smiling …. ‘not true’, she says! Married to Bill with two gorgeous grown-up daughters, Tricia adores living in Bures and sharing the love of Jesus with people of all ages. She is often seen walking her two lively dogs along the river, enjoys growing dahlias in wild colours and cooking delicious curries.
Readers & Retired Clergy
Andrew became a Reader in June 2015. He enjoys preaching and has a great enthusiasm for the Old Testament. He is married to Miranda and they have four children. Andrew is a full time dental surgeon and has a practice in Sudbury. He is a poor but enthusiastic golfer and avidly supports Leicester City.
Murray has been a Lay Reader for 14 years. He is married to Sue who is our Organist. They have two grown up sons. He has worked in the City of London for 47 years, enjoys playing golf and following the fortunes of the England Cricket team – very much a roller coaster ride!
John has been a Lay Reader for 14 years and has happily lived in the village of Assington for over 40 years. John is a retired Consultant Paediatrician and thoroughly enjoys his ministry in the Benefice. He is married to Louisa and they have three grown up children.
Viv thoroughly enjoyed her role as vicar of Earls Colne, White Colne and Colne Engaine until she retired three years ago, when she and her son moved to Bures. She also has a daughter and three adorable grandchildren. She now relishes having the time to meet with friends, read, tend her garden, and regularly take services in local churches.
More of our team
We have eight Elders in Bures who are involved in pastoral care, leading worship, preparing couples for marriage, looking after the elderly, helping out a youth club and offering prayer ministry. Our wonderful Elders are:
Andrea Carter, Sue Emerson, Sylvia Gaspar, Virginia Hill, Sarah Pryor, Sue Ryman, Carol Barnham and Jenny Wright.
Our dedicated churchwardens, Dick Gould and Alan Ryman, are responsible for many of the practical aspects of running the church, from overseeing the upkeep of the building to ensuring our Sunday services run smoothly.
The PCC is a body of church members, including Clergy, other Ministers, Church Wardens and elected members.
They meet six times a year and discuss a wide range of subjects to do with the business and running of the church as well as thinking about mission, worship and our vision for the future.