The staffing level of the Benefice is 3 full time stipendiary clergy (each parish warrants 75% of a priest’s time), with additional support from one licensed Lay Reader, two retired Readers as well as two clergy with Permission to Officiate.
Since January 2017 St Mary’s and St Benedict’s have formed a new pairing, sharing the Revd Richard Howlett’s time on a 50/50 basis. The Revd Lizzie Hood is based at Holy Trinity but offers 25% of her parish time in support of St Benedict’s, as Team Rector she additionally convenes the Team Council, chairs the Leverstock Green Religious Education Fund trustees’ meetings, and acts in a representative capacity on behalf of the Benefice. The Revd James McDonald is based at All Saints and similarly offers 25% of his time in support of St Mary’s.
Richard, James and Lizzie are experienced priests and Lizzie is also the Rural Dean of Hemel Hempstead. They meet weekly for prayer, mutual support and team business. The ministry team very much values truly collegial relationships, listening to and encouraging one another and pooling their different skills and talents for the benefit of the whole team. The Benefice has been a training ground for curates and we hope this will continue in the future.
The Benefice is supported by an experienced part-time Administrator, working 22.5 hours per week, who is based at All Saints.