Who's who


Picture1Vicar -  The Revd Canon Neil Bowler

Neil, prior to moving to Ranmoor,was the Rector at Whiston Parish Church in Rotherham for nearly 5 years,where he was also Area Dean.  He is one of the Bishop’s educational advisors for the Diocese at national advisory panels.He is also the Bishop of Sheffield’s adviser in Spirituality and was appointed in December 2015 as an Honorary Canon of Sheffield Cathedral.

Neil was born in Rotherham and attended school at Wickersley. He studied law at Nottingham and spent 10 years working as a lawyer, as a senior legal advisor, in the South Yorkshire Magistrates Courts, specialising particularly in criminal law and Youth justice matters. His training for the priesthood was at the College of Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, whilst at the same time studying Theology and Pastoral studies with Leeds University. He was a Curate at Hexthorpe in Doncaster before then later moving to Whiston.

Neil has a wide range of interests including watching and playing sport, gardening, art and the theatre and he enjoys spending time with his family, many of who still live in South Yorkshire, as well as spending time socialising with friends.


IMG_4276 (2)  Assistant Priest: Revd Bridget Brooke  Born in London, Bridget came to Sheffield in 1962 to be Head Orthoptist at the Children’s Hospital. In 1978 she was appointed Principal Orthoptist and in charge of training students.On coming to Sheffield she attended St John’s and ran the Sunday School until 1980 when she was licensed as a Reader in the Diocese as well as at St John’s. When the Church of England admitted women as Deacons, she trained at Mirfield with individual tutorials as it was before their college admitted women students. She was Ordained Deacon in St John’s in 1989 and was one of the first women to be ordained Priest in 1994 in Sheffield Cathedral. She has ministered at St John’s ever since and continues to do so in retirement.  She still enjoys walking in Derbyshire, although less far these days!

Director of Music - Currently this a vacant position.

Assistant Director of Music - Derek Grover

Churchwarden - Carl Webber

Churchwarden - Brian Parfett