Clergy & Readers

Vicar: Simon HowellSimon Ruth

Simon was born in the West of England, he trained as a professional musician (majoring in drums/percussion & piano), taught both in schools and as a management trainer, before becoming a church minister in Hong Kong, London & Bristol. He has a Pastoral Theology MA, majoring in inter faith studies.

He is married to Ruth – a primary-school teacher by profession – & they have three sons: Matt who works as a Personal Trainer, Gabe whose passions are filmmaking, acting and basketball, & Noah who loves street-dance, drumming & acting. Simon has enjoyed playing drums & keyboards in roots, world, rock and jazz outfits over many years; he also loves travel, wide-open spaces, world cinema, old Mini cars, black & white photography, football, and the interface between ecology & spirituality.

Simon shares the passions and the contemporary concerns of spiritual people in free thinking, creative communities.


Reader: Graham Collins

"Graham Collins"

Reader Graham Collins

Born in Maidstone, Kent in 1949, Graham has since lived in other parts of Kent, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Cambridgeshire and Gloucestershire –  so he is renowned for keeping on the move!

He has worked in management and sales roles for large American companies, including international responsibilities, and currently works as a self-employed management consultant and coach based in Stroud.

He is also a qualified counsellor.

His interest in Church stemmed from Sunday school in childhood, through absence as a teenager, to Free Church and then the Church of England for the past 30 years.

He has often been involved in leadership roles and in September 2008 was licensed as a Reader in the Gloucester Diocese.

He is now part of the leadership team at Holy Trinity, Stroud.

He has three grown-up children and spends his spare time walking, reading and going on theatre/cinema visits.