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 a three year old son called Milo.

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 sport, film, board games, and making Brio train tracks with Milo.




 Nick Seaman



Youth worker:  Nick Seaman


Placement student: Helen Terry

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).


Helen is at St Chad’s as part of her training for ordained ministry and is studying at St Hild College, based over the hill in Crookes.

In her previous life she was an English Teacher and loves reading (bit of a cliché), but also enjoys being creative (especially sewing lovely things to bring a little joy to others) as well as walking in the lovely countryside which surrounds us.






 Pauline Johnson

Reader: Daren Craddock


Reader: Pauline Johnson

Daren was licensed as a reader in 2014 and regularly preaches and leads services at St Chad's.  

He is married to Julia and teaches computing at a local secondary school.

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.




 Amy Hole



Reader: Amy Hole

Reader: Ro Willoughby

Amy is married to Toby and was licensed as a reader in 2015. As a day job she writes about employment law. She is also studying for an MA in Theology, Mission and Ministry at St Hild. 

In any remaining spare time she likes playing the double bass, playing board games, reading, going hill walking and going to the cinema!


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.




 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.