Who to include?

A church depends on the skills of its members. We are very fortunate to have people with a wide range of skills that they use in the service of God through the church and in other ways.

We asked who, among our membership, should be included on a who's who page? It is possible for the page to become quite long so a limited number of people have been included. They are those involved in leading worship and those having a role (as volunteers) in the management of the church. They provide a selection of people a visitor to the church will meet.

Church Wardens are elected representatives of our membership who are responsible for much of what happens in church. They are also the Bishop's representatives in the church.

Readers are effectively licensed lay ministers.

Who's who

We can't possibly list all the people you will meet at St. Luke's, but some pictures and roles appear below.

Revd Harvie Nicol, Vicar

Harvie, St. Luke's vicar

Hello, my name is Harvie and I am the Vicar here at St Luke’s. I arrived early 2008 having trained at Aston and St John’s Nottingham. I served my Curacy in Rochdale before becoming Priest in Charge and Team Vicar in Ashton-Under-Lyne.
I have a heart for telling the “Old, Old story”  for our new generation. I firmly believe when the Church becomes a house of prayer the world will change for the better.

Please take time to visit us and journey a while along the path God has for our lives.


Ann Wood, Deputy Warden

Churchwarden Anne Wood

I have been a Church Warden before becoming deputy warden, and I consider it a priviledge and enjoy my role. I have lived, on and off, in Formby for most of my married life. My husband and I lived for 3 years in Cheshire and later 4 years in Germany, always returning 'home' to Formby. Until January 2012 I was a Guider serving as Brown Owl, assistant Guide Guider and, for 4 years, District Commisioner, a total of 25 years, both here and in Germany. I consider it a responsibilty for us all, at some time in our busy lives, to volunteer to help the youth of our town. I was trained in hotel management and large scale catering, and have used my cooking skills on many Church social occasions. Our Church is a wonderful place, I love the quiet mornings before everyone arrives, a time to have a chat to our Lord before we get busy.
I am lucky to have 3 children and 3 grandchildren, my greatest gifts.

Anne Dixon, Reader

Anne, a reader

Born and raised in Yorkshire, Anne moved to Formby with husband Hugh in 1996. She was licensed as a reader in 2004. After career forays into insurance, textiles, newspapers and education, she finally settled into dressmaking and has been sewing since 1986. With Hugh she also plays in the worship group at St Luke’s and helps lead the home-based Bible study. They have no children, but several nephews, nieces and godchildren!

Allan Hobson, Reader

Picture of Allan Hobson, Reader

Allan has been a reader at St. Luke's for more than 25 years. He is a retired Chartered Engineer and Professor of Electrical Engineering. Within the church he leads services and preaches, and is responsible for the parish link to Shyira, Rwanda, through his chairmanship of the Shyira Trust. He also manages this website.

Allan has an MBE for services to the Community in Liverpool and Rwanda.

Chris Mulford, Reader Emeritus

Chris Mulford, Reader

In 1977 I began my training to be a Reader in Hereford, completed in Carnoustie and licensed in 1979 in the diocese of Brechin at Dundee Cathedral.  I have subsequently been licensed in the dioceses of Lincoln, Winchester and Liverpool.  I preach and lead worship as part of the team at St Luke's.

As a Rotarian I provide a link between St Luke’s Church and Formby Rotary Club.

Colin Trollope, Reader Emeritus

Picture of Colin Trollope, Reader

Colin was a Head of a Special Needs Department in a 2,000 plus boys’ Comprehensive RC School, and also a West Lancs. Training Officer and ACF Officer (33 years army service). Although retired he is still a governor at Range High School. He has 2 sons, one in Germany with a young family, and one locally (a photographer) who runs the southportreporter.com. His wife, Linda, was responsible in getting him to attend St Luke’s and to join its choir. About the end of the 20th century, he trained as a Reader. He has preached at various churches amongst whom were St Bartholomew, Chipping; St Leonard, Bootle and St Helen in Sefton. He leads courses on the Holy Bible and other religious subjects and has led Diocesan Team Training courses. He also writes occasional articles in the magazine.

Jean Watts, Reader

Jean, a reader

Hello, I'm Jean Watts, from Geordie land, who has lived in Washington (not D.C. but Tyne & Wear), most of my life.

I have a son and daughter both married who have given me four grandchildren between them.  I moved to Formby to live beside my daughter and her family in order to support them due to my grandson’s illness.
In 2010 I was licensed in Durham as a Church of England Reader but have had that license transferred to St. Luke’s, Formby where I have received such a warm welcome and feel at home here.