Holy Rood House
Time and Space to discover Who’s Who
We are pleased to have Colette Johnston continuing her work for the Charity of many years, to support the hospitality of Holy Rood House. Colette helps to provide a welcoming, clean and safe space for our guests and staff, knowing how important it is for people to feel ‘at home’ in both houses.
Revd Elizabeth Baxter pioneered Holy Rood House with Stanley in 1993. Elizabeth is Executive Director of the Trust and lives in community full-time and is involved in the running of the day to day life of the community. She is pastor and chaplain to the community. Elizabeth is a spiritual director and theologian and co-ordinates The Centre for the study of Theology and Health.
Elaine Wisdom has been living and working in the community over the last two decades. She is a Roman Catholic and for many years lived as a religious sister. Elaine now offers her many creative, practical and gardening gifts during the year.
Dr David McDonald is Chair of our Board of Trustees. Having worked with us since the commencement of Holy Rood House, David brings vast experience, in particular, from his work as a Consultant Psychiatrist to the Oxford Mental Health and to The Home Office.
Carolyn Williamson lives in community and is our Community Programme Manager. Most people will be speaking to Carolyn on the phone or through email as the first point of contact, and she is likely to be the one who will book people in to stay at Holy Rood House. Among the many gifts she brings is the care and organisation of groups.
Nick Warwick lives in community at Holy Rood House, and is the Business Manager of the Trust. Alongside his pastoral, musical and practical gifts, Nick especially supports the on-going development and sustainability of the Charity.
Helen Warwick lives here in community too. Helen is part of the Chaplaincy Team and is a spiritual writer. Helen’s ministry as a Spiritual Director here uses creativity at the heart of her work including creative writing. Her published books can be seen on Kevin Mayhew’s website
and ordered through the net and in bookshops.
Emmanuel Grassi shares in the daily life of the community as a voluntary pastoral worker and part of the hospitality team. Emmanuel brings vast experience of pastoral care and social work. He is also trained in Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, and is often busy helping around the house, kitchen and gardens.
Urs Mattmann enriches our Counselling and Psychotherapy Service and is a dedicated community member. Urs is a Psycho-synthesis Psychotherapist, spiritual director, supervisor and trainer. Working with us daily, Urs is able to provide professional, systematic therapeutic support and spiritual accompaniment for our guests and clients.
Mike Hall lives in community as a trained gardener and masseur. He brings much needed gifts in addition to his many other creative and pastoral skills.
Elaine Hill is our Clinical Manager, and brings vast experience of therapeutic work, and previous involvement in the charity. She leads The Clinical Management Team.
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Baron Williams of Oystermouth has been a consultant to the Trust since 1993, and became Patron during his time as Archbishop of Canterbury, supporting and visiting the community on several occasions.
Nicola Slee is our Patron. Nicola is a Professor of Feminist Practical Theology at the Vrije Universiteit and visiting Professor at the University of Chester. She is an experienced speaker, writer, spiritual director and retreat leader.
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|as a Group|
|Counselling and Psychotherapy Service|
|The Centre for Study for Theology andd Health|
|Hymns for Healing|