The Ministerial Team
There are many people who contribute to our worship and church life at Saint George's. Here we introduce you to some of them.
The Reverend Louis Peter Darrant
Born in Plaistow, East London, Father Louis studied at the University of Aberdeen, a period he remembers with great fondness. Following his training at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, he returned to London, where he was ordained at Southwark Cathedral. He served his curacy at St John the Divine, Kennington, before moving to Essex to serve as rector of St Mary's Church in Maldon.
Fr Louis is no stranger to Spain, as prior to arriving in Malaga, he served as priest in the town of Vinarós, on the Costa Azahar and he also got to know Andalucia on visits to his parents who had a holiday home near Estepona. Now enjoying the delights that Malaga has to offer, Fr. Louis is learning Spanish and is immensely attracted by Spain's rich cultural and artistic heritage.
The Reverend Mark Pudge
Originally from Norfolk, Fr Mark studied theology in London and Oxford before serving as a Curate and then Vicar in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Involvement in education and community development projects then led him into a series of jobs in charity management, alongside helping out at several central London churches. In 2010 he changed direction and location, when he and his partner moved to Spain to run a small guesthouse in the hills near Velez-Málaga.
Mark is one of our volunteer Assistant Priests, supporting the Chaplain and Wardens, and helping with services throughout the Chaplaincy. He says he tries to bring an 'un-stuffy' approach to his ministry and teaching, and enjoys meeting all the many different people who belong to or visit our churches.
When Mark isn't busy with his guesthouse business or helping in the Chaplaincy, he enjoys his dogs, travelling, and leisurely meals with family and friends.
The Reverend Doreen Cage
Mother Doreen was ordained in 2013 at Holy Trinity Pro Cathedral Brussels, after first spending a short period of time at the theological college St. Stephen’s House Oxford for training.
Prior to her training she had been employed as a Lay Pastoral Assistant at Holy Trinity Church Hounslow and had been a nun for seven years. She was a Senior Family Centre Worker working in child protection, a music therapist, a mum and a wife. She has lived in Spain for 19 years, 17 of which have been on her own. Her reformed finca is at the very tip of the Province of Malaga bordering the Provinces of Cordoba and Granada.
Revd. Cage serves an extensive English community and has pastoral oversight, under Fr. Louis, for the Salinas Anglican Congregation and the pastoral needs that arise locally. She is also Chaplain to The Royal British Legion Southern Spain District and TRBL Mollina Branch. In her (very!) limited free time she is an avid birdwatcher.
The Reverend Sheila Mitchell
Reverend Sheila is originally from the south of England but went to university in Chester and stayed on, becoming a teacher of children with special needs. In 1977 she married her husband Bob whom she had met whilst at university. In 1981 the couple adopted two sisters and Sheila decided to stop working. She resumed working in 1989 but this time for her church as a parish assistant. In 1992 she went forward for selection for ordination and was ordained a deacon in 1996 and a priest in 1997.
The ordination of women in those years was often opposed and some vicars and bishops felt women belonged in the traditional roles of wife, mother and homemaker. As a result Reverend Sheila took non stipendiary posts for the first two years of her career as a priest and following the retirement of the local bishop all the ordained women in the diocese applied to be stipendiary. Reverend Mitchell´s ministry was always centred in the Chester diocese in both town and country parishes. She divides her time between Mondron and Chester.
The Mitchell daughters have given their parents eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, with a set of twin girls expected in February, 2022.
The Reverend Philip H Williamson
Philip is a Yorkshireman. He and his partner have their first home in West Yorkshire. They also enjoy spending time at their home in Malaga and being part of the St George’s Church family.
Philip’s background is in Science. His career was spent in secondary education, beginning as a teacher of Physics and progressing to Headship. The seventeen years prior to retirement were spent as a Head Teacher in Church of England secondary schools. He is still very involved in the world of education, serving on a Diocesan Board of Education, as a Member of a Multi Academy Trust, and as a Board member of the God and the Big Bang project - an initiative based at Durham University, which works to promote the understanding of the compatibility of Science and Christian faith.
In 2012 Philip was made an Honorary Lay Canon of Manchester Cathedral.
Following retirement from the teaching profession in 2014, Philip trained for ordained ministry on the Yorkshire Ministry Course, based at the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He was ordained deacon in 2016 and priested in 2017. He holds the license of the Bishop of Manchester and serves in the Saddleworth Team Benefice. He also holds Permission to Officiate from the Bishop in Europe.
The Reverend William Small
Fr William began his curacy in the Diocese of Lichfield and has worked as a missionary in Burundi, in business and in recent years as a church administrator. Born in Zambia (at that time Northern Rhodesia) Fr. William has lived in another seven countries since then. He and his wife Lissi have three sons and a daughter.
Fr William did his theological education at the Queen's Foundation in Birmingham between 2017 and 2019, and was ordained as a deacon in Lichfield Cathedral at Petertide in 2019 and as a priest at Michaelmas in 2020. He did 18 months of a curacy in Shrewsbury before moving to Spain for family reasons. Fr. William is a Self Supporting Minister and will join the Ministry Team on a part-time basis while also teaching English as a second language.