God is ‘on the move in Mansfield’ says new vicar

The Rev’d Dr Caroline Phillips has been licensed as vicar of St Peter and St Paul and St Mark’s Mansfield by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams. The service took place on 24th September at St Peter & St Paul.

She said: “Mansfield is a great town to serve God with great people, and hope to build on my past experience as I minister on the town centre and across the parishes of St Peter’s and St Mark’s.  God is definitely on the move here, and I’m very much looking forward to discovering where God will lead the churches as we worship, serve and reach out with his love.”

Caroline was born and raised in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, but came to Nottingham as a student 20 years ago.  First sensing a call to ordination as a teenager, after graduating in Art History, she explored her vocation during a year as a Chaplaincy Assistant at Keele University, followed by a Master’s in Social and Pastoral Theology at Manchester.

She returned to Nottinghamshire in 2005 when she married Matt, a teacher, and the couple lived in Hucknall where she worked in a secondary school.  After being accepted to train for ordination, they moved to Birmingham where they spent three years at the Queen’s Foundation.  Caroline studied for a Doctorate in Theology there, and was ordained deacon in 2010 and priest in 2011 and served her curacy in Ollerton with Boughton.

Their first child Anna was born at the end of her curacy, after which the family moved to Mansfield, where Caroline has served as part-time vicar of Mansfield St Augustine and Pleasley Hill St Barnabas since 2013.  The family grew further with the addition of two more girls, twins Grace and Thea.

Bishop Paul commented: ‘I am thrilled that Caroline, with all her experience and gifts in ministry, comes to the parish at a time of great opportunity for the church’s ongoing ministry in Mansfield.”