Meet our team
Mark Haworth – Team Rector
Team Vicar -
Mark hails from Lancashire and graduated in Forestry at Aberdeen. He then worked with the Forestry Commission in the Scottish Borders, Lake District, East Anglia and the English Marches.
Mark trained for the priesthood at Westcott House in Cambridge, becoming a curate and then parish priest in the Ely diocese, also being appointed Rural Dean of Fordham. He moved to Manchester in 2005 after working as a School Chaplain in Framlingham and as Bishop’s Chaplain in Peterborough.
In Manchester Mark worked in parish groupings in Salford and Rochdale, having a particular involvement with schools and youth work. He also co-tutored newly-ordained curates and served on the Bishop’s Council, Diocesan Synod and various task groups.
Mark came to Bury St Edmunds in 2013 - delighted to be back in East Anglia and nearer family - and is now Rural Dean of Thingoe. He is a loyal supporter of Blackburn Rovers FC, and loves upland walking with his labrador, mainly in Swaledale where he has a house. Friends, choral singing and racket sports are among his other interests.
Tel no: 01284 755 374
Val Gagen -
House for Duty Priest
Val is an Assistant Priest in the North Bury Team Ministry and the Lark Valley Benefice. She lives in the St George's Vicarage, next to the church.
Her duties include presiding at the Eucharist in our churches and in local residential homes, and officiating at services.
She is married to Philip.
Tel no: 01284 361963
Tim Jones - Associate Priest
Tim was born in Leeds and grew up in Scarborough. He is the Diocesan Director of Ordinands ( in charge of clergy “recruitment”) and Director of New Ministries (responsible for clergy and reader training).
He lives in the benefice, and helps out with Sunday services at least once per month. He has previously served in various parishes in Yorkshire and the USA. Tim is married to George; they have two children, both at school in Bury St Edmunds.
Karen Burton -
Karen is an Assistant Curate in the North Bury Team Ministry and the Lark Valley Benefice. She trained for ministry on the Eastern Regional Ministry Course and was ordained in June 2016.
In the Benefices, she leads services and preaches. She spends time in local
primary schools and in sheltered accommodation.
Karen worked in the NHS before training for ministry and now works part-time in Barnham Primary School as SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) Mentor. She is married to Niall and they have two children.
Tel no. 07546 491388
Julia Mann - Assistant Priest
Julia is an Assistant Priest in the North Bury Team Ministry and the Lark Valley Benefice. She trained for the ministry on the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan scheme and was ordained priest in 2009.
Her duties include presiding at the Eucharist in our churches and in local residential homes, officiating at other services and leading a house group. She also acts as a spiritual director.
She has a degree in Art History and prior to ordination, she worked as a registered nurse at the West Suffolk Hospital and before then as an assistant in Bury St Edmunds Library.
Tel no: 01284 753 984
Matt Selman -
Matt is an Assistant Curate in the North Bury Team Ministry and the Lark Valley Benefice. He trained for ministry at Westcott College and was ordained in June 2017.
He lives in the benefice with his wife Laura and their small daughters Sophia and Eleanor, and their dog Brody.
Tel no: 01284 599356
Laura Selman -
Laura is an Assistant Curate in the North Bury Team Ministry and the Lark Valley Benefice. She trained for ministry at Westcott College and was ordained in June 2015.
She lives in the benefice with her husband Matt and their small daughters Sophia and Eleanor, and their dog Brody.
Tel no: 01284 599356
Adrian Mann - Reader
Adrian has been a licensed Reader since the 1980s, originally based at St John's but now working across the benefice. As such he preaches regularly and leads the Delta Group, which meets fortnightly for study.
Adrian works from home in a variety of administrative roles, mainly in the Church and charity sectors.
He has worked for the Sue Ryder Foundation (now Sue Ryder Care) and was for several years Director of the Anglican Stewardship Association, writing No Small Change: Money, Christians and the Church and co-editing First Fruits: a worship anthology on generosity and giving (both published by Canterbury Press).
He also helps to run the diocesan Affirming Catholicism group and Cambridge Modern Jazz.
Tel no: 01284 753 984
Miriam Webb -
Miriam trained on the Diocesan AOP Pathway and was ordained in June 2019, after previously having been a Reader in our Benefice. In our churches she leads and preaches, spends time in local primary schools, runs the Monday Pop-up Cafe, Messy Church and leads the All Saints Toddlers Group.
She has travelled extensively and worked in Africa on Christian projects.
She regularly helps at the Discovery Centre at the Cathedral, delivering educational experiences for local school children.
Tel no: 01284 704593