Our Staff

Superintendent: Rev Dr Caroline Wickens

Caroline Wickens

Caroline has been a Methodist minister since 1992. She has worked in the West Midlands and as a mission partner in Zambia and Kenya. She currently works as superintendent minister of the Manchester circuit, and is enjoying getting to know this amazing city and its people.

Deputy Superintendent: Rev Sue Williams

Sue Williams

Sue is the Minister at Droylsden Methodist Church, in the Tameside part of the circuit, and Trinity Methodist Church just outside the city centre, and is also the Deputy Superintendent Minister. She has been in the circuit since 2002 and her special interests are children’s work; working with those with Dementia and supporting the carers; spirituality, particularly Celtic and Ignatian spirituality, and Christian art.


Administrative Minister: Angela Doyle

Angela DoyleAngela is employed as Circuit Administrator and helps manage The Wesley Centre where the Circuit Office is based. Emails are her main task. She has been a Methodist since 1998, having attended an Anglican church and accepting Christ as her Saviour at the age of 13 on a Youth camp in the Lake District.

Rev Luiz Cardoso

Luiz CardosoLuiz is a Brazilian serving with his wife and children in Britain since 2011. His passion and focus is to reach people with the amazing message of Jesus. Luiz is helping the circuit with mission initiatives until August 2019 when he will serve as a District church planting officer.

Deacon Pru

Pru CahillPru has been in the Manchester Circuit since September 2018, working alongside the Befrienders group in the City and with Greater Manchester Community Chaplaincy. Part of her work involves spending one day each week in prison. She is a local preacher and is enjoying getting to know the churches around the Circuit.

Rev Sue Rowe

Sue Rowe

Sue is a part-time presbyter in the circuit with particular responsibility for training. She has lived and worked in Manchester for over 30 years.

Rev John Forster

John Forster

John Forster has been a Methodist Minister since 1974.

After serving in Wolverhampton [Bilston] and Milton Keynes Circuits, he came to Middleton in 1991 to be Superintendent of the Manchester [North] & Middleton Circuit. He was one of the founding Superintendents of the new Manchester Circuit created in 2002.

John has served as a half-time Industrial Chaplain [11 years] and a part-time Hospital Chaplain [21 years]. He retired officially in 2008 but is currently serving as minister of Long Street Methodist Church in Middleton until August 31st 2019.

Rev Ken Stokes

Ken StokesBrought up in Cumbria, Ken left the church as a teenager but came to faith as a student. A minister for 32 years, Ken has worked mostly in Manchester. Ken is married to Lesley and they have two adult children. Ken loves talking about Jesus; is interested in autism and mental health; writes poetry and cares about social justice, gender, sexuality and green issues.

Rosie Doyle

Rosie DoyleRosie is married and blessed with two beautiful children aged 6 and 9. She is the youth and family worker for Moston Methodist church. Within the church there are some amazing children and young people that are growing and developing in their faith. On a Sunday morning you will find her in the youth room with the young people, having fun, studying the bible, sharing testimonies and praying for each another. For the past 2 years they have attended the ‘3 generate youth and children’s assembly’ in Southport and hope to go again this year.

As part of her role she also runs the Coffee Cake and Kids parent and toddler group. They meet once a week during term time on a Wednesday morning to play together, have cake and learn about God through craft activities, stories and songs. She also runs regular bible themed family fun day events throughout the school holidays.

Paula Collins

Paula CollinsPaula is the Lay Pastoral Assistant for 3 churches in North Manchester. She works with the Minister and Pastoral Secretaries to maintain a link with the church for those who cannot attend services regularly, or are in hospital or are in need of the support of their church family. She is the Circuit Safeguarding Officer and Trainer.

Rev Joy Rulton

Joy RultonJoy’s biog is forthcoming.

Rev Caroline Ryder

Caroline RyderCaroline is based at St Peter’s House. An ordained Methodist Minister, trained counsellor and fitness instructor, she is well placed to nurture both body and mind. With many years of chaplaincy experience in Universities, she is passionate about holistic wellbeing and supporting people in an academic context.

If you’re new to the city or even if you’ve been here for many years, Caroline is very happy to meet up for a coffee and chat in Milk and Honey, the social enterprise café at St Peter’s House.

Liz Stuart

Liz StuartLiz has been a Layworker in the Manchester Circuit for nearly 9 years, as a Church Community Development Worker. This is a varied and interesting role, working with all ages in both supporting and developing church activities, and seeking to provide opportunities for the local community to connect with the church.