Clergy & Church Officers
Revd Sheelagh Aston - Priest in Charge.
Prior to coming to St Silas in December 2016 Sheelagh served for six years as Ecumenical Adviser for the Durham Diocese and PIC of Oxclose LEP, Washington. She trained as a Community Development Worker at Ilkley College, Yorkshire, and worked for the YMCA and London Chambers of Commerce before moving north in 1996 to work for St John's College, Urban Mission Centre in Gateshead. She was ordained in 2005.
Sheelagh has two grown up children.
Joe Swinhoe- Warden
Joe has been a member of the St Silas congregation for many years. He is a member of our choir and sacristan team. Most recently Joe has trained as a Worship Leader.
David Kemp - Warden
David first worshipped at St Silas when he was 14.. Although he moved away from Blackburn on leaving school he attended church whenever he came home and was married in St Silas. In 1994 he and his wife moved back to Blackburn. He has two sons who were both baptised and confirmed in St Silas.
David Brindle - Organist & Choir Master.
David began his organ studies with blind organist John Robinson, with whom he gained the FRCO at the age of 18. Further studies were at the Royal Northern College of Music, and in Paris with Marcel Dupré.
Kate McNamara - Treasurer
Kate is our new Treasurer. She lives in the parish with two cats.
Dennis Crook - Priest (Retired)
Ordained in 1966 at Blackburn Cathedral, Dennis served in the Diocese until his retirement. In 2015 he joined us at St Silas. A former choirmaster, he enjoys music, gardening and supporting Blackpool F.C.
Gordon Moudling - Safeguarding Officer
Gordon is the independent person to contact regarding safeguarding issues.
How is the Church funded and run?
St Silas Church is a member of the Anglican Church of England and is part of the Diocese of Blackburn.
The church's running costs and activities are funded by the generous giving of time, talents and money of Christians who see it as their spiritual home. Many are pictured on this website.
We are grateful for the support of the wider community given through our fund-raising events programme and donations by members of the public who attend special services or visit the church.
St Silas is your local Church, here for you, and if you would like to support this historic building's maintenance and its activities please contact our Treasurer Jim Bonner via our email.