Churnside Benefice

The Parishes of
South Cerney with Cerney Wick,
Siddington and Preston

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Jennifer McKenzie

Vicar: Jennifer McKenzie

I was born in the Midlands but grew up mainly in Hampshire.

I went to university in Hull where I read philosophy. After graduating I became a member of the Christian community at 'Lee Abbey International Students Club' based in London.

After working at Sainsburys, I spent 8 months doing volunteer work in South Africa with Scripture Union. I attended Cramner Hall Theological College in Durham, where I studied for a degree in theology as well as practical and formational training in preparation for ministry.

I served my curacy in the Worcester diocese before becoming the Vicar of Cam with Stinchcombe; a post I held for 9 years. I became the Vicar of the Churnside Benefice in May 2017.

I am married to Ian and we have 2 sons.

Helen Caine

Associate Priest: Helen Caine

I was born in Peterborough and lived the first 4 years of my life on an RAF base in Rutland.

When my father left the RAF we moved first to Cirencester to live with my grandparents, before settling in Siddington in 1997.

I studied with the Open University reading History and Literature. Since OU degrees are commonly done over six years, by the time I graduated I had married my husband Stuart and had 2 of our 3 sons.

Recognising God’s call on my life, I trained first as a Lay Reader within the Churnside Benefice attending the West of England Ministry Training Course before going on to train for ordination.

I served my curacy at Fairford in the South Cotswold team. Following curacy I helped in the wider South Cotswold team and also in the Stroud Deanery for a year. During this period I have continued to work part time for the NHS in an admin capacity.