Meet the Team


John Routh


I was born in 1960 & brought up in Blackburn.  At university I studied Mathematics & my early working life was spent as a Chartered Accountant.  Along the way I married, had two children & moved to the Birmingham area.


I went to Theological College in 1993, was ordained 2 years later & have been a full-time minister since.  I've been in Sutton Coldfield since 1999, & at Holy Trinity since the start of 2006.


Interests are nothing very exciting - music, reading & films; & Formula 1. And despite years of disappointment I can't stop myself from following Blackburn Rovers.


Paul Duckers


Born in Chester, I came to Birmingham when I was 12 years old.  I eventually joined the Finance Department of Joseph Lucas Electrical Ltd. 


Having enjoyed retirement for a time a former Rector of Holy Trinity encouraged me to become a Reader.  Ordination as a Priest came in 2010.  Full time retirement has now become part time.


I am married to Pat and we have three children and four grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren live in California, so I am told by Pat that hopefully holidays will be taken there. Other than the grandchildren,  interests include family history, holidays and food!

Associate Priest

Carol Hoare


I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, but spent my teenage years in Middlesex, where I met my future husband, Terry. I took a degree in English, married in 1968, and we spent three years teaching at a boys’ public school in Jamaica, before settling in Sutton Coldfield.


I was deaconed in 1991, and was privileged to be one of the first women ordained as a priest in 1994.


Terry and I have two sons and two grand-daughters, who are the pride of our lives. We live in a house filled – literally - with books, with a cat who rules the household.  


Pauline Manfield


I spent most of my childhood in Essex.  After school, I went to the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine.  I qualified and I did  most of my postgraduate years in London hospitals; but in 1966, I came to Sutton Coldfield and was appointed as the first Consultant Paediatrian at Good Hope Hospital.   


Looking for a church to join, I chose Holy Trinity, as it was near the hospital.  There weren't any bleeps then, and as I was on call 24/7, Holy Trinity was near enough for a porter to come and fetch me.


When I retired I trained as a reader.  I was licenced in 1995, since when I have assisted at services, preached, taken funerals, and helped with the pastoral care.  I’m also on the Chaplaincy team at Good Hope Hospital, and a visitor’s chaplain in Birmingham Cathedral.

Youth Worker

Susie Walker


Sutton has been ‘home’ since I was four years old although I was actually born in Leicester. After school I went to Yorkshire to study youth and community work at honours degree level. I remained up there for some years, working in Keighley and living in Bronte land.


In the mid nineties I joined an Anglican religious community and eventually took life vows as a nun. Sadly after getting on for eleven years the circumstances of the Community changed and many of us Sisters felt we could not stay. So now I am back to my roots living in Sutton and working as a Youth Worker.


In some of my spare time I research my family tree, play the guitar and enjoy the company of a cat and two goldfish!



Ros Dyke

I was born in Croydon, spent my growing up years in Cheltenham but have lived in Sutton Coldfield for the last 40 years or so with my husband Bob.


We have been members of Holy Trinity for about thirty years and feel very blessed to be part of a loving and caring community. This is my second stint as Churchwarden, I served in this capacity for five years before having a break. It is a privilege to be called to this office.

My interests are cooking and gardening, and I also enjoy the theatre and symphony hall concerts.


John Wright


I was born in Altrincham where my family is from. I went to London University and studied History back in the 1970s. There I met my wife, Karen, and we married in 1977. We have two grown up children both living away from home. My daughter lives in Spain which gives us a good reason to travel abroad when we can, whereas my son is still living relatively close by.

I spent a large part of my working life in the Thames Valley having joined a major domestic bank. After 40 years service with the same bank, I decided it was time to retire in 2015. My favourite role was in the Agriculture Sector, visiting farming customers across the UK.

I'm interested in most sports, although I'm a spectator most of the time. However, I took up running a few years ago to keep fit and I am now an enthusiastic runner - though not very quick! My other interests revolve around keeping the garden tidy, DIY and football, if my team is winning.

My retirement has given me the opportunity to become more involved in Church life which I find very rewarding.

No longer a Warden, but still does lots!

Colin Ingley


Born in the George Elliot hospital, Nuneaton, at 10.00pm on a Sunday night; Dad, who went in the ambulance, had to walk home to Tamworth. We moved to Sutton when I was two and lived here ever since.


I went to Fairfax school where I met my wife Sue, we got married at Holy Trinity in 1982. Although both Christians we didn’t attend church at the time. I can remember Nick King, the curate who married us, saying “although you don’t attend now, if you feel the need at any time in the future, the church is always here for you”. We started coming in 1987 and have been coming ever since.


I started working for Sainsburys while I was still at school. I worked mainly in the midlands, but later all over the country, even a time at head office, commuting to London. I was made redundant from them in 2009. I am now semi-retired, working part time at Good Hope as a driver/storeman.


My interests are mainly DIY ... I have built a wedding car and most weekends if I'm not wardening at church, I'm taking a bride to the service.

Parish Administrator

Carole Young


I was born in Four Oaks in the house my Dad built in Hill Village Road.  I then lived in 17 houses (in and around Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Petersfield in Hampshire, Knowle and Lichfield) from when I was born to when I was married in 1980, but I have only moved twice since then!


I have lived in Kingsbury near Tamworth for nearly 30 years and worship within the Kingsbury/Baxterley Group of Parishes – with the occasional visit to Holy Trinity on a Sunday if they are having drinks & nibbles after the service!


At school I wasn’t allowed to take ‘typing’  but I’ve spent the rest of my working life in jobs where I have to type!  I worked for various firms of solicitors until I had children.  Whilst raising the children I did various different jobs, but I have now been full time Administrator for Holy Trinity for 9 years.


Away from work I’m a Reader, run the Rainbow Guide unit in Kingsbury, read, play FarmVille on Facebook, and decorate cakes.  I live with my husband, son, dog (Izzie), two cats (Fat & Smew) and occasionally have to look after my daughter’s horse (Bea).