Reverend Peter Bates
Leader for the Morning Congregation
Rev'd Peter Bates is an ordained Methodist Minister and joined us in September 2012. He is also responsible for Chester Green and Mayfield Road Methodist Churches.
Peter is originally from Sheffield. He trained at Wesley College, Bristol.
Peter's first appointment was in the Nottingham East Circuit in 1996. Since then he has served in the Doncaster Circuit and the Dewsbury & Mirfield Circuit.
Reverend Paul Newman
Father Paul Newman is the Parish Priest of St Alban's in Chaddesden and is responsible for the Catholics at The Church on Oakwood.
Father Paul was formerly Parish Priest at Bulwell in Nottingham. Prior to that he was Assistant to Fr Neil McLaughlin at St Joseph's in Derby and spent 5 years as the Director of The Briars Youth Centre and Diocesan Youth Service.
He is a native of Eastwood and went to St John Houghton School.
Deacon Rosemary Bell
I am an ordained Methodist deacon and find this ecumenical Church rewarding and challenging. Although retired from active ministry I appreciate being part of its worship, fellowship and witness, wherever and whenever appropriate.
I have been a member of The Church on Oakwood since its beginning and over the years have been involved in many different roles. Currently, I am a member of the Church Council. I try to be a visible leader for the congregation and involve myself in many aspects of the Church’s worship and community work.
I was born in Belfast and at the age of 14 became a Sunday School teacher to a lively bunch of 9 year olds as well as being actively involved in Youth for Christ in particular working with children who lived across the divide in East Belfast.
In 1986, I moved to England, first to Tangmere, Sussex, then Colchester, Stratford-Upon-Avon and then to Henley in Arden. In 1994 whilst living in Henley I was called to be a Reader and in 1996 I was licensed to the Diocese of Coventry.
In 1999, I moved up to Derby and was re-licensed to the Diocese of Derby in 2001. I initially worked with the Rev. Tony Luke in Allenton/Shelton Lock as well as being part of the fellowship at Borrowash Methodist church. I was invited to join the Methodist East Derby district taking services throughout the circuit. In 2004, I moved to Oakwood and enjoy taking services at Oakwood given its ecumenical freedom and style of worship. I work full-time and I am married to Andrew.
Susan is a member of the Roman Catholic congregation. She lives in Oakwood with her husband and has two grown up children.
Susan leads the regular Wednesday evening Service of the Word celebration.
Safeguarding Co-ordinator (children)
I started worshipping at The Church on Oakwood in 1994, and after helping with the crèche and then Junior Church on Sunday mornings, became a leader and later co-ordinator for Sparklers, the group for 3-7 year olds. In September 2015, Sparklers and Explorers amalgamated, and I continue as a leader and co-ordinator for the new group (3-11 years) called J.A.M. - Jesus and Me.
Since its formation in 2008, I have been part of the Open the Book team, and have enjoyed helping with and seeing the growth of Messy Church in the last year. I also visit families on the anniversary of their child’s baptism.
I have served on Church Council and been a Church Warden.
In 2013, I took over the role of Safeguarding Co-ordinator for children. I am married with a grown up son and daughter.
I have been worshipping at the Church on Oakwood for almost 20 years - ever since my home was visited by carol singers inviting my wife and I to join the congregation at the Convent at Christmas. This visit was very timely - we had only moved into Oakwood a week earlier. It is because of this and the many blessings we have received since, that we believe that God has called us to serve Him in Oakwood.
I have been looking after the music at the church for some time, leading an enthusiastic group of musicians and singers. We play all kinds of music, from traditional through to the most modern.
I am involved in the cafe-style meetings (Rolling Stone Cafe) which are held in the church 3-4 times each year. Anybody is welcome to drop in and listen to live music and poems, watch drama and eat cakes, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
My church background is Roman Catholic and my wife's background is United Reformed Church. So the Church on Oakwood, being ecumenical, is the right place where our teenage family can all worship together and be involved in this welcoming and vibrant church.