Christ Church Ministers

Rev. Canon Steve McGanity

Rev. Canon Steve McGanity

Steve was born in Norris Green in Liverpool and lived there until he was 10 years old when his family moved to Maghull. He became a Christian when he was 21 years old when a friend of his was dramatically healed and a few years later became a youth worker for St James’, Maghull. It was at St James’ that he met and married Andrea. They have been married for 27 years and have two grown up daughters, Jessica (who is married and lives in Leeds) and Rachael (who is studying at Sheffield University). Andrea currently works as an Area Manager for a small chain of day nurseries.

It was at St James’ that Steve sensed the call to ordained ministry and after a fairly complicated selection process trained at St John’s Nottingham. He served his curacy at St Stephen’s, Gateacre in Liverpool and then became Vicar of St Andrew’s, Clubmoor in 1997. He served there for almost 20 years and in that time saw the church grow, developing a significant community organisation that serves 7000 people a year and shaped the church around discipleship and mission.

He has also served outside of his parish church in a variety of ways. He has held a number of roles within New Wine, was Area Dean of West Derby and has recently been elected to General Synod.

Steve is passionate about seeing people come to faith and growing to become missionary disciples. He enjoys encouraging churches to take mission and disciple making a priority. Outside of the church he enjoys going to the gym, plays Table Tennis in the Liverpool league, loves listening to a wide variety of music and all things sci-fi.

 

Rev. Rob Milton

Rev. Rob Milton

Rob has been a part of Christ Church for 18 years; he became an ordained Vicar in 2006. Rob is 48 years old and together with his wife Stella, they have three children: Ben 21, Joe 17 and Bethany 14. Rob says of Stella, “She steadies me and gives me sound counsel and helps me tap into my emotional side that many men find elusive. Together we endeavour to serve God at Christ Church.” Rob enjoys all sport, especially golf and football, but he’ll gladly watch or play anything. He enjoys singing and acting and has been roped into (well, he actually begged to be involved) many of the Christ Church musicals and pantomimes. Rob loves preaching and hopes to inspire members to commit fully to the Christian lifestyle. He has a background in finance and has successfully run his own financial services business for 26 years.

Rev. Canon Stuart Broughton

Rev. Canon Stuart Broughton

Stuart has been married to Kathryn for 55 years and together, they have four adult children: Lois, Paul, Suzanna, Daniel, and eight grandchildren.

Born in Wilmslow, Cheshire, Stuart was educated at The University of Wales and became a Christian during a summer Scout camp at Llanfairfechan in North Wales. Before training for ministry, Stuart was a professional soldier in the 2nd Batallion Parachute Regiment, a qualified parachutist and radio operator. He saw active service in Cyprus & Suez and was awarded the GSM. In his spare time, he enjoys fell and rock-climbing, riding and equestrian cross-country, and sailing. He recently raised finances for overseas mission through sponsored skydiving in the UK.

After curacy at Christ Church, Bromley, Stuart and Kathryn served as SAMS Missionaries from 1967-79, with the Anglican Church in Paraguay and Salvador, Brazil and helped establish the north-eastern Diocese of Recife, Brazil. Then followed seven years in UK, in both rural and inner city parish ministries in Somerset & Blackburn. During this time, Stuart was Honorary Chaplain to the Forces in Somerset & Lancashire.

In 1986, Stuart was invited to return as SAMS Missionary in the Alentejo Portugal, followed in 1991 by a further 4 years as British Chaplain and Rector of Christ Church, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From 1995-2001, Stuart served locum tenens in Cyprus, the Falkland Islands & Greece. During his time at Christ Church Cathedral in the Falkland Isles, he served as Chaplain to the Falkland Islands Defence Force.

In 2003, the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of the Congo invited Stuart and Kathryn to establish the new Diocese of Kasai at Mbuji Mayi in the D.R.Congo. Upon completion of the project, Stuart was made honorary canon of Bukavu Cathedral.

In 2006 he became Honorary Assistant Minister at All Saints, Petersham, Sydney, to establish an ESL project with the Portuguese-speaking community. In the Diocese of Sydney he helped in a variety of locums, at Kensington, Abbotsford and Norfolk Island, 1,000 kms off the coast of Australia. In 2011, he and Kathryn returned to Brazil, for the third time to Christ Church, Rio de Janeiro.

He retired from full-time ministry in 2015.

Rev. Paul Taylor

Rev. Paul Taylor

Paul is married to Jo and together, they have three adult children. Paul works as a Hospital Chaplain at Whiston and prior to that he worked at Aintree Hospital as a Chaplin, having spent 12 years in Parish. Paul has a particular interest in innovative and creative worship and liturgy and he can often be found helping with our sound system at Christ Church. Paul is a Senior Steward at Southport FC, as well as being part of the emergency response team with British Red Cross.
Paul had to take early retirement due to ill health seven years ago, but is enjoying exploring a new and creative ministry. Having been diagnosed as having Bi-Polar Disorder, Paul is dedicated to sharing his personal experience, of mental illness, including the contribution to two books and speaking at events, as well as campaigning at General Synod.
Paul aims to learn to play the ukulele which Jo bought him a couple of years ago. In his spare time, Paul enjoys escaping in their family caravan with Jo.

Rev. Lilian Ellis

Rev. Lilian Ellis

Lilian was raised in Wigan and attended teacher training college in Norwich; she taught in the city for 22 years. Lilian trained at Church Army College in Blackheath and went on to work as an evangelist at Dagenham Parish Church for five years. Following her post in Dagenham, she attended Oak Hill Theological College in Southgate. Lilian was ordained in the Chelmsford Diocese and served at Vange Church near Essex, Basildon. A heart attack interrupted her ministry but after six months off, a post of Deaner Resource Minister was created for Lilian, working in two parishes as Chair of Governors at a C of E school and as Chaplain at St Luke’s Hospice in Basildon. Lilian accepted an early retirement and remained in the Chelmsford Diocese for 12 years. Lilian decided to relocate to Southport in May 2015 to be near family. Her interests include prayer ministry and healing ministry and she also enjoys reading and photography. She belongs to the local Birkdale Bookworms is currently considering doing her Master of Arts degree.

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