Here at All Saints’, North Tenerife
I grew up in South Yorkshire where my journey of faith started. I moved South for university where I studied French and Spanish and headed straight to London after that. I began a career in qualitative market research, using my languages and travelling extensively throughout Europe, Latin America and North America. I ran my own strategic consultancy for 25 years, retiring in June 2023. Whilst running my business, I trained for ministry at Sarum college in Salisbury. I served my curacy in Ealing, whilst continuing to work in the business part time. I have 2 grown-up children, Adam and Rebecca, both of whom also read languages at university- the art of communication is something we’re all passionate about. In my spare time, I enjoy all things arts-related : cinema, music, theatre, literature. I also like to fit in a couple of Pilates sessions each week.
I have degrees in Maths and Engineering, and worked as an engineer for about 8 years. I then heard the call to ordination so went back to studying and completed my theology degree. In the 16 years since I was ordained I’ve held posts in both Hull and London before coming to Tenerife. I like to walk my dog and he also takes me running! Entering the local races makes sure that I keep training, I certainly don’t do it to win anything! I enjoy reading and I work with a cat charity to foster orphaned kittens until they’re old enough to be rehomed. I’ve been married to Paul, who is a Lay Reader and a musician, for 19 years, and together we have been kept very busy providing online services through the Virtual Church.
Peter Lockyer is a retired Master Mariner who hails from the Isle of Anglesey, and who at the age of 14 attended The H.M.S. Conway, a pre-sea training school before serving on Cargo and passenger ships around the world, eventually rising to the rank of Master. In 1978 it was apparent that his aging parents were in need of assistance, so he applied to Sealink in Holyhead for a position on their ferries, and was fortunate to be able to gain a ‘summer relief’ position. Some 22 years later that summer came to an end where, having once again climbed to the position of Master, he took an offer of redundancy, and also was able to take retirement at the same time.
In 1990 he was entered as a Reader in the Church in Wales in the Diocese of Bangor and was licensed to the Parish of LLanfairfechan where he assisted the parish priest in his 3 churches in Llanfairfechan and Abergwyngregyn. Regrettably after about 5 years due to his work pattern altering and working from Fishguard as well as Holyhead he was unable to commit as much time as he would have liked to the Church. However, now he has, he thinks, settled in Puerto de la Cruz, he has had his entry as a Reader transferred to the Diocese in Europe and has Permission to Officiate here in All Saints, Puerto de la Cruz.
Judith moved to Tenerife South in August 2018 having previously worked extensively across the Diocese of Canterbury. As a General Synod rep she enjoyed the “big picture” discussions and the challenges of being a relevant, inclusive church in England and Europe. Her professional life was spent in primary and special education. Judith is a Diocese in Europe Safeguarding trainer, the parish safeguarding officer and was licensed as a CWL in All Saints in August 2020.
Wendy moved to Tenerife in 2002, and became a member of All Saints Church in 2011. She has successively been Treasurer and Assistant Churchwarden before becoming Churchwarden in 2019.
Kath married a Canarian and came to live in Tenerife in 2012 after retiring from the NHS after 34 years. She joined All Saints on her arrival in Tenerife. She took on the role of secretary to the Church Council in November 2019.
Rayco is our Organist at All Saints’ Church. As well as being organist, he sings tenor in the Reyes Bartlett Choir, which gives many concerts around the Canary Islands. Part of his training as organist was a six month scholarship to study in Rome.