St Chad's Woodseats

Living a Life of Faith, Energised by Love

Who's who

 Please find below an introduction to the team at St Chad's. 



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Vicar: Toby Hole


Curate: James Norris

Toby is married to Amy and they share their lives with their three  children Magnus, Isaac and Lydia as well as their two tortoises, Timmy and Titus.

Toby is a Londoner who moved to Sheffield in 2010 because Sheffield has bigger hills and better (and cheaper!) beer.  As well as being vicar of St Chad's, he is the area dean of Ecclesall Deanery and teaches Church history and doctrine at St Peter's college.  He loves going to the cinema, the theatre and playing board games with friends.

Before ordination, Toby spent five years working as a solicitor in London .


James is married to Charlotte and they have two young children, Milo and Riley.

James, originally from Berkshire, went to University in Sheffield to study maths. He met Charlotte in Sheffield and they stuck around because they liked the city so much, only moving away briefly to go to theological college in Bristol. They came to St Chad's in summer 2018.

James likes playing tennis, film, board games, and making Brio train tracks and Duplo creations with Milo.




 Nick Seaman


Mel (cropped)

Youth worker:  Nick Seaman


Placement student: Mel Hartley

Nick was appointed as the Woodseats combined church youth worker in November 2012, working with both St Chad's and Woodseats Methodist Church.  He has spent much of his life in Woodseats and prior to becoming a youth worker served for 8 years as a front line police officer - ideal training!

He is married to Amy, and has two children, Zach and Eliana.

His hobbies include playing Ice and Roller Hockey, playing guitar and generally being silly (with Amy’s permission of course).


Mel is married to Matt. They have four girls; Elizabeth, Evelyn, Niamh and Miriam... and a bonkers red setter!

Originally from Yorkshire, Mel moved to Derbyshire in 2008 for work and undertake research for an MA in mission. Little did Matt and Mel know that would result in living and working at Cliff College. Mel has been involved in official lay ministry for over 20 years alongside her work in education. She is now an ordinand with Derby diocese and St Hild College, and is engaged in MA research as part of her formation training towards ordination.

Mel loves cooking and baking - especially to share with friends. She loves country walks with their dog and is a self-confessed Christmas nut! Mel loves Strictly season and Advent... and believes life can never have too much sparkle!






 Pauline Johnson

Reader: Ro Willoughby


Reader: Pauline Johnson

Ro Willoughby moved to live in Sheffield in 2018 and loves being a bus ride from the Peak District, being part of a city that is smaller than London and being close to her family. She has recently transferred her licence as a lay reader from London Diocese. 

Ro has been employed in children's and families' ministry for many years. She takes great pleasure in entertaining, reading, singing, writing and conversation.

Pauline was licensed as a reader in 2014. She is married to Jimmy and has four grown up children and five grandchildren.

As well as leading services, Pauline spends a lot of time visiting the housebound and the hospitalised.  She is also a member of the hospital chaplaincy volunteer team, serving at the Hallamshire Hospital one Sunday a month.



Jo Edwards


 Development Worker: 

Jo Edwards

Jo is our Mission Partnership Development Worker based at St Chad's.  Her role is to help the four Anglican churches in our area work together in mission and evangelism. She also bakes amazing cakes!










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 Ann Lomax

Churchwarden: Ann Firth


Churchwarden: Ann Lomax

 Ann is a local, having lived in S8 all her life. She is a retired school teacher and has two adult daughters, Sarah and Rachael.  Currently, Ann enjoys volunteering at Greenhill library, walking her dog Barney, reading, singing and attempting ballet.


Originally from Bury, Lancashire, Ann has lived here for 50 years!  She is a retired primary school teacher, having taught at Abbey Lane School for many years.  She has two grown-up children, Hannah and Adam, and four grandchildren.  Ann enjoys walking, creative crafts, gardening, reading and playing with her two adorable kittens.