Rev'd Garry Whittaker
I was ordained in 1991 after training at St. John’s Theological College Nottingham. I was Curate at Christ Church Denton (with St. George: Dane Bank) from 1991-1995. I then moved to Holy Trinity: Waterhead: Oldham as Priest-in- Charge 1995-2005. I then became Team Rector of Bacup and Stacksteads from 2005-2015. I became Team Vicar of the Fellside Team in September 2015.
Within the team I am responsible for St. Hilda, Bilsborrow and St. James Whitechapel. I am Chaplain to Myerscough College and Chaplain to Butler’s Farmhouse Cheeses (Inglewhite.)
I am married to Deborah and we both share an interest in music (rock/pop.) We enjoy going to concerts and also watching them on DVD.
I have a life-long interest in Rugby League, supporting my home town team Leigh. My other team is Rochdale Hornets, I was chaplain to the club before my move here to the Fellside.
I also enjoy body boarding on holiday and recommend Croyde Bay in Devon.
I play the guitar and sometimes use it in the services, I also play bass and enjoyed being part of the music group during my time at Bacup.
"How would you tell the Easter story?"
On Easter Sunday, little David listened as his Sunday school teacher told the class that the lesson would be about the meaning of Easter ...
"One of the traditional themes of Lent is temptation ..."
This theme is usually tackled on the first Sunday of Lent with the reading from the Gospels regarding the temptations of Jesus.
"God's ways are not our ways ..."
When Frank Sinatra sang, “I did it my way,” he was not simply singing for himself ...
"A story I came across that’s thought provoking and challenging."
"If a tabloid newspaper existed in the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry how would it report the things?"
Back in 1998, The Scroll by Nick Page was published. The idea behind it is simple ......
"The Son of Man (Jesus) did not come to be served ....."
I came across this story which reminds us of the humility of God who left the glories of heaven to live in this world in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ ....