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Jennifer Whittaker

Jennifer Whittaker

Jennifer Whittaker

A Yorkshire lass brought up and educated in Glasgow – the accent comes in useful at the Burns’ Supper! – Jennifer gained a degree in French and German before moving to London to work at the Foreign Office. After marriage to Douglas in 1968 she moved to Chesham, Buckinghamshire, where she taught French and Hockey(!!) for two years. With the arrival of daughter Pauline in 1970 and son Peter two years later Jennifer was happy to accept the role of stay-at-home Mum, and as Douglas’s work with the BBC often took him away from home this seemed the best option. Jennifer spent her time helping on PTAs and with various Church activities, including Sunday School and overseeing a Pastoral Care Scheme at Emmanuel Church, Chesham. In 1987 she became Church Warden and a member of the Worship Team, helping to lead Services. In 2003 she was licensed as a Reader before moving  in 1997 to St. Michael’s in Amersham where she continued her ministerial roles in service leading and Pastoral work. This move meant a change in churchmanship which broadened and enriched her understanding of Church as a loving community and of finding God in different ways.

Ordination and a move to Worcestershire in 2003 brought great joy and a curacy with David Sherwin in Martley, Wichenford and The Lower Teme Valley. This has been followed by a further 7 years as a NSM in the role of Associate Priest. Pastoral work is at the heart of her ministry but she plays as full a part in all the activities of the Benefice as the time available to her permits.

Her main interests shared by Douglas include going to the theatre and cinema, walking and amateur dramatics. She also enjoys cooking.