The Revd Dr John Stopford


Q : Do you have a specific role within the church or village?

A : Curate.

Q : What is your profession?

A : After a varied career in healthcare, education and commerce, for the last 20 years before retirement I was an adviser to Governments and companies in The Former Soviet Union, Caribbean and Latin America. For the last four years I have been a Volunteer Adviser with CAB.

Q : Family / Pets?

A :   Labrador called Chancie.

Q : Birthplace / where did you grow up?

A :  Manchester/Bramhall East Cheshire. Since then I have lived in Toronto, Farnworth, Hazel Grove, Newbury, Banbury and for the last 30 years Winsford.

Q : Hobbies?

A : Scuba Diving, reading. watching sport. I would like to say golf but lack of time and ability mean I can’t

Q : Favourite place?

A : So many but still very fond feelings for Toronto, Canada.

Q : What motivates you on a Monday morning?

A :   The alarm on my phone.

Q : What do you consider your key strengths?

A : Perhaps being aware that they are very limited, but it has taken me a long time to realise it.

Q : If you could choose anyone to spend a day with, who would it be and why?

A : Desmond Tutu. In the hope that some of his faith, energy and enthusiasm would rub off.

Q : What's been your biggest personal achievement?

A :  I like to think many but probably the one I am most proud of is along with Alma being part of bringing up our son.

Q : What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

A : Quite possibly signing up for Reader training 23 years ago.

Q : What would be a perfect day for you?

A : One with few disappointments.

Q : Is there some thing or situation that you always try to avoid?

A : Singing the office, to the relief of congregations.