Meet the Team

Revd Philip Bee

I have been a Methodist minister for the past 23 years, serving in Coventry, Huddersfield, Leeds and now the present circuit (since 2014). In my present role, I am keen to see our churches re-engaging with children and their families as a way of growing the church.

In the Bible, I have a great admiration for the rather contrary Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, who in the midst of one of Israel’s darkest moments offers hope for a bright future. I also love the gospel stories, especially as shaped by Luke and John.

I believe in a Church turned out towards the world, and presently convene the Joint Public Issues Team for Yorkshire, which addresses social, political and economic issues from a Christian perspective. I love a game of golf, when the opportunity and weather present themselves. I have recently been persuaded to take up dancing, which I have discovered makes me laugh.

Contact:  Office Number (01226 763976)

Minister day off: Saturday

Revd Nick Biggar
Presbyter Minister     

This is my first appointment as a Methodist minister, and I am delighted to be here with you in the Denby Dale and Clayton West Circuit. Before becoming a Methodist minister, I worked for many years in the IT industry, undertaking many roles and eventually becoming a Program and Project Manager with a multi-national IT Company.

I enjoy a nice cup of coffee and having a chat with people and probably enjoy food too much!  I like gadgets, movies – especially Sci-fi and I also like to think I have a great taste in music although I know my children would strongly disagree with this statement.

Working in IT industry was an enjoyable experience for me, but I discovered something far more fulfilling in my life and felt compelled to share the good news that Jesus Christ brings into people’s lives, as he did in my own.

I’m passionate to see all people flourish the way God intended and want to challenge injustice and oppression that hold people back. I love to worship a God who cares and want to see the church present in our communities, serving and positively affecting all people of all ages.


Contact:  Office Number (01226 763976)

Minister day off : Friday  Study Day :  Monday

Emma Hatherley
Families and Children’s Worker, Full-time

I have grown up in the Methodist tradition and first attend church aged 7. I became a member at age 12 and started helping to run Sunday School when I returned home from University.  At University I studied to become a primary school teacher but after graduating back in 2004 was unable to get a full time job. I eventually got a job as an Administrator for a Construction firm where I spent the next 8 and a half years working my way up into Health, Safety and the Environment.

While working in Construction I trained to be a local preacher and gained my accreditation in April 2015. I have always loved working with children and over the past 10 years developed a passion for working in the church to spread the gospel and see the church grow. I have many interests and hobbies including, singing, cross stitch, reading, walking, and camping.

Contact: Mon-Fri (01226 763976) 


Andrew Hunter
Families and Children’s Worker, Part-time


My name is Andrew Hunter. I am married to Reverend Stephanie Hunter and we live in Cumberworth with our wee dog, Skye. I originally come from Glasgow, and I have been                                  

working with children and families for over 20 years for various churches and I love it. I have a passion for history, art and anything geeky and I love a good chat and finding out about folk.

Sue Cutting
Circuit Administrator


Originally from the Black Country I’ve now settled in this area, and am still learning the language of Yorkshire!                                                                                                                                        

For a number of years I worked for the Christian youth charity Girls’ Brigade, coordinating the operational and finance aspects of GB’s national ministry amongst girls. I’ve loved the role, especially as it was through GB that I came to personal faith.

Now though I’m enjoying working in the Circuit, getting to know people in the immediate community and supporting the work of our churches as we seek to engage local people into the story of Jesus.

I’m loving being here in Denby Dale & Clayton West Circuit….just wish it was by the sea!

Contact: (01226 763976)

Meet the Circuit Leadership Team


Mr Ian Morris

Mr Brian Richardson

Mr Stuart Merry

Mrs Liz Hill

Mrs Margaret Cooper