Hi. I’m Steve Proudlove and I have the privilege of being vicar at St John’s in Menston since 2017. 

I’m married to Elaine and have two children, Samuel and Phoebe, and a dog and a budgie. 

In addition to St John’s, I also work in the vocations team in the Diocese of Leeds and am a chaplain to a squadron of Air Cadets based in Ilkley. 

I really enjoy being in Menston.  It’s a great village and a lovely and exciting church community to work with. 

Living in this part of the world also gives me plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with walking, climbing, and football.

Originally from Scotland, I support Livingston FC, something which often requires a great deal of prayer and faith!

Revd Steve Proudlove

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Doug Rice-Bowen


A huge welcome to St John’s. I am Doug and I have the great privilege to be the ordinand attached to the parish. That means I am training to be a priest under the guidance of the team. I will be working in the parish, visiting, leading worship and help to grow the wonderful Christian community here in Menston. Along with my work here in Menston I will be studying with St Hild’s College, a theology college based in Mirfield.

I am married to Jane and have twins who keep me on my toes. When I am not working you will probably find me following my other passions of cricket, rugby and Brighton and Hove Albion. Apart from mission and evangelism I have a passion for church music and that has been a large part of my Christian journey.


David Mercer


I moved with my partner to Menston in 2019 partly to support involvement in the church to which we were both drawn by the warm welcome of the church community. I previously had a number of roles at St Oswalds, Guiseley.

I work as a lecturer in social work at Leeds Beckett. In my leisure time I enjoy reading, cooking and love history!

Discovering the walks around this lovely community of Menston has been one of the few highlights of lockdown 


Hello my name is Andrew Howorth and I am proud to say that I am the associate vicar at St John’s Parish Church in Menston. Being an associate means that I assist Steve with some of the Sunday Services and get involved in other aspects of the Church's life when I can. 

My main role is as the Anglican Chaplain at Bradford University where a manage a team of Interfaith advisers to support and care for the Students, the Staff and anyone else associated with Life on Campus. In addition I co-ordinate Believing in Bradford, which is an Inter-cultural project sponsored by Bishop Toby and the Lord Mayor.

I am also chaplain to the Sea Cadets in Bradford on board the TS Aurora.


We moved into Menston in May 2019 but I was licensed to assist back in February 2018. Living in the Village means it is so much easier to join in with things and play a more active part as members of the Menston Community. We love living here and are very settled in our new home. 

In my spare time I am involved in many aspects of amateur theatre, and love cooking, gardening and walking in the lovely surrounding countryside.

Revd Andrew Howorth




I love being part of St John's, where everyone is so welcoming and friendly. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, reading, spending time with friends and watching Netflix! 


Hilary Feathers


I have lived in Menston and worshipped at St John's for over 45 years. I am married to Steve, a mum of 2 and active Nana to 5 under 10's. I am now retired after 40 years hospital nursing at Wharfedale Hospital and the Yorkshire Clinic.

I am very happy to be a Warden and help to look after the church and the congregation in any way I can.


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