Marc profile

Reverand Marc Kerslake

Marc has just taken over as Priest-in-Charge after being Assistant Curate for the parishes.

I was born in Exeter and when I was around seven my family moved out to Crannaford (between Broadclyst and Rockbeare). I grew up with chickens, an old tractor, a donkey, cats and acres of the local farmers’ fields and stream to roam around in.

When I left college I went to work for the family feed  business, supplementing my income with working as a doorman in pubs and clubs in Exeter. It was through my time ‘on the doors’ I met my Angie, my wife of 25 years, and she encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming a police officer.  I left the force in 2002 and became a landscape gardener. We have four amazing boys Jack, Sam, Max and Dan who are the light of our lives.”

How did you find faith in Christ?

“While I was a beat officer in Surrey I helped train another officer (Robin) who was a Christian; despite my militant atheism he patiently talked with me about his faith and we became great friends. Many years later, after we had lost touch, he contacted me out of the blue when I was going through a tough time. He came to visit, stayed for a weekend with his family and we talked through a growing feeling I had been experiencing of God’s presence in my life. We prayed together and overnight everything in my life seemed to change.”

What difference does being a Christian make to your life? ?

“ I often recall how waking the morning after Robin and I prayed together the whole world looked different, like being able to see the roots of a tree running under the soil beneath my feet when I look down from the branches. I can see the patterns and weave of life even when I often don’t understand them fully and am more open to the wonder of the world. Things are sometimes still tough, in fact I think perhaps sometimes life has been tougher since I came to faith: hard choices to be made and a difficult path to walk, but one full of wonder and beauty made more glorious understanding what I am part of.


The Rectory
Grove Road
Elaine profile

Elaine Trude

I'm Elaine and have just taken over as the Mission Community administration assistant in August 2020. I'm Devon born and bred, moving to Clyst Hydon 3 years ago after getting married. We now have a young family with 1 son and another imminent arrival. I look forward to meeting you all in time. Please don't be afraid to contact me if there's anything I can help you with and whilst I'm still finding my feet, if I don't know the answer to your question, I'll find someone that does. 

Gerri profile

Gerri Turner

Gerri is one of the Churchwardens at St Mary's Church.  She is a member of the PCC and has special responsibility for Planned Giving

Gerri is also a member of the Choir

01404 822587
Ian profile

Ian Spicer

Ian is one of the Churchwardens at St Mary's, Whimple.


He is married to Maggie and has two sons, Charlie and Adam.

01404 823640
Charlie profile

Charlie Hutchings

I moved to Larkbeare in 1999 with my wife (Julia) and daughter (Jo) to run our Georgian house as a fabulous bed and breakfast, following a career in hotels.  We run the B&B full time and also have a modern self-catering property on site.  Jo is now at university and gets roped in when back home but we all love being in East Devon.  In addition to the role of Church warden, I am treasurer for Talaton church.

01404 822205
Chris profile

Chris Jones

Chris is the Church Warden for St Andrews Church, Clyst Hydon. He moved with his wife Sarah to Clyst Hydon (Sarah was born in the village) some 8 years ago and now run a family business selling juices. They have three children and a two grandchildren.


Hannah profile

Hannah Foster

Scorlinch Farm
Clyst St Lawrence
EX15 2NJ
Ray profile

Ray Taylor

Clyst St Lawrence
01404 822351

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