Rev’d Lydia Cook
Lydia spent 5 years training for ministry at Oxford and was ordained in 1996. Rural ministry has been her sole focus throughout her ordained life and she has worked in the Dioceses of Peterborough and Oxford and moved to Salisbury Diocese 13 years ago.
Lydia has mostly worked as a self-supporting minister, meaning that she has combined parish ministry with secular work. She has done a variety of jobs including being a cook, running a pre-school and being a smallholder.
Lydia is also the Rural Dean and lives at Shillingstone Rectory with her husband and two teenage sons.
Rev’d Karen Wilson
Karen spent three years training in the Chelmsford Diocese prior to being Ordained. Karen has always felt a very strong call to rural ministry and feels blessed to be serving her title post here in beautiful Dorset.
Prior to Ordination Karen worked in education for 28 years, both as a teacher and as a Pastoral Support Manager, working with young people and their families.
Karen lives in Okeford Fitzpaine with her husband Chris.