The Rev'd Andrew Lightbown was ordained deacon in 2013 and priest the following year. He was inducted as Rector of the Winslow Benefice in March 2016.

Andrew in married to Sallyanne, a podiatrist and they have two daughters. Prior to training for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdown, Andrew worked in the City of London for 15 years and then as a university lecturer. He holds an MBA and an MA in Theology and is interested in the relationship between theology and economics.

Andrew enjoys being embedded in the life of the Benefice and in many ways regards his ministry as that of a traditional parish priest.

Andrew writes regularly on issues such as leadership, economics, mental health, human sexuality and the nature of the church. If you are interested in following his thoughts please click on the link below  Many of these articles are also picked up by Thinking Anglicans. Andrew enjoys rugby (watching these days), skiing, cycling and curry.  He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   






Rev’d Mark Nelson is the Assistant Curate of Winslow Benefice, having started his new role in June 2019. Married to Olivia and with 2 daughters he also trained at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Coming from Scotland, (an area not necessarily known as a hotbed of Anglicanism).

Mark’s working life prior to ordination was primarily spent as a Horticulturist, this gave him the opportunity to work in places as diverse as Australia, the United States and Nepal, before coming back to the UK and working for the National Trust as a Head Gardener.

Mark sees his new role as an extension of his previous work, investing time and energy into the creative act of helping things grow and flourish. A strong belief in the sanctity of God’s creation and social justice underpins his life and faith. Mark is also a beekeeper and ukulele player. His other interests include boxing, rugby and lying down.

He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view