The Vicar - The Rev'd Jane Manley
I was born and brought up in Zimbabwe and came to England in the early 1980s. I come from a fairly ecumenical background having been brought up as a Methodist (my father was a Methodist minister) and attended the Roman Catholic Convent School in Harare and attended the local Baptist Church as a teenager.
I am married to John, who is now retired but an active bellringer, and we have three grown up children, David, Sarah and Paul and two granddaughters, Eliza and Ruby.
I studied at Cuddesdon, Oxford and was ordained in 2008 serving my curacy in Bracknell and Crowthorne in the Diocese of Oxford. Before ordination I worked as an administrator for many years and also ran a small catering company. I worked on the national team for Back to Church Sunday and in the Communications department of the Diocese of Oxford.
I am Dean of Women for the Willesden area, a role which enhances my ministry and enables me to support and encourage other women priests. I am also on the pastoral team at St Paul's Cathedral. I take an active role in our local schools and am a Governor at both Ruislip Gardens School and Lady Bankes Junior School.
My passions in ministry are helping the church become an active part of the local community and journeying with others as they develop their gifts and spirituality, to become the people God created them to be.
In my spare time I enjoy reading (particularly crime and history), gardening, walking, belong to the local gym, knitting and sewing and spending time with my family.
Licensed Lay Reader - Shanti Jayasekera
I was born in Sri Lanka on 4th March 1954 and came to England with my parents in 1968. In 1971 at the age of 17, I went into banking and served in various Financial Institutions. I am married to Gita and we have been blessed to have two sons, Jehan and Chanaka. They attended school at St. John’s, Stanmore and Bishop Ramsey, Ruislip. My youngest son, Chanaka, is married to Katie and we have two granddaughters named Freya and Erin.
My calling to become a Licensed Lay Minister came a few years back, through God’s calling, and much encouragement from various members of clergy, parishioners & family, culminated in me going to theological college at St. Mellitus, London to study and qualify. I am delighted and look forward to serving this Parish and community in Ruislip Manor, to enrich the lives of many of God’s love for each other through my ministry and prayer.
My hobbies include listening to classical music and playing the violin, reading, walking and spending time with my Granddaughters & family, but my main passion is watching a game of cricket these days at Lord’s Cricket Ground and supporting Middlesex County Cricket Club.
Churchwarden - Pat Carpenter
I joined St Paul’s in 1984. I ran the pre-school playgroup for over twenty years and now help lead Little Poppets, our toddler group, and help out at Rainbows. I am married to Mike, a keen photographer, and we are both retired. We have a daughter and two sons and ten grandchildren. I enjoy reading, crosswords, gardening, crafts, art, cinema and the theatre.
I became a Warden in 2015 and feel that my long experience of working with children and families helps me to relate to all the age groups of the congregation and the wider community.
Churchwarden - David Hodgen