From an historical point of view the office of Churchwarden dates from the 13th Century, and is one of the earliest forms of recognized lay ministry.

 

The primary function at that time seems to have been that of taking care of the Church building and its contents, including the responsibility of providing for the repairs of the nave, and of furnishing the utensils for divine service.

The Churchwardens had custody or guardianship of the fabric and furniture of the church, and even today, they are the legal guardians of the church’s moveable goods, such as moveable furniture, plates and ornaments. They are required to keep an accurate, up-to-date inventory of these items. In the course of time other duties were added, and Churchwardens became regarded in some respects as the local officers of the Bishop of the diocese, responsible to him for the proper carrying out of their responsibilities.

Throughout their long history, Churchwardens have provided an excellent example of the advantages of lay participation in the life and work of a parish. In modern day terms, whilst the Churchwardens still undertake a lot of their historical responsibilities, our main priorities are to oversee the maintenance, facilities, services and general infrastructure of the church as well as advise and support our Vicar and other key members to ensure the best interests of the church and it’s congregation are always maintained to the best of our abilities.


Kevin Isles (Churchwarden)

Kevin has been a member of St Paul’s for over 26 years and regards “the church” as his extended family, a “place” for receiving teaching and challenge, and where he can give and receive spiritual and emotional encouragement. Church is where, together, we explore and discover what God would have us do in Slough, and get on with it.

Kevin is a practical individual, having spent 33 years plus working in the gas industry dealing with all sorts of planned and emergency work. He retired from full time paid employment in July 2012. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a Chartered Gas and Mechanical Engineer and a Chartered Safety and Health practitioner.  This is a helpful background for supporting the facilities, the “nuts and bolts” and practical aspects of the mission of the church. Kevin sees himself as an enabler”! Kevin has previous experience in the Churchwarden role, having had a seven-year stint many years back and from April 2014 has been reprising the role.

Kevin is married to Christine and they live in Langley. They have two grown up “boys” Richard and Andrew who have fled the nest! Kevin retains many links with his industry background through the activities of his professional bodies and draws upon those skills to help the church. Kevin delights himself in all sorts of things in parish life, though he is increasingly aware of the need to share out the work load, and so is always pleased to receive offers of practical or organisational help.

When not doing “church” things, Kevin retains a great fascination for steam engines or anything to do with railways and can easily be lured onto visits to preserved railways or steam specials on the main line. He also loves opportunities to enjoy coastal scenery and places of interest.

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Chris Broadbent (Churchwarden) 

Chris has been a member of St Paul’s for almost 40 years and was previously Churchwarden from 1994 to 2002. Leading a young people’s group (Pathfinders) in the 1980’s, playing guitar in the church music group and in his role of PCC representative leading the current re-ordering project, he has been involved in many aspects of the life of St Paul’s over the years.

Chris is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, with over 40 years’ experience in the engineering, property and construction sectors. Having recently left full time employment to focus on voluntary work, he was previously a Director of the Building Research Establishment and Managing Director of CEEQUAL Ltd, the Civil Engineering Environmental Awards Scheme.

Chris is married to Helen who is a local Optometrist and the Licenced Lay Minister at St Paul’s. They have three daughters (two living overseas) and two grandsons. Other interests include music, fell walking, badminton, travel and cars.

CONTACT DETAILS

Kevin Isles (Churchwarden)

E: kevinsisles@outlook.com

M: 07831 453 312

Chris Broadbent  (Churchwarden) 

E: broadbentc@btinternet.com

M: 07772 228712