The Reverend Beverley Miles
Our recently licensed* Vicar Beverley trained as a teacher in Brighton and taught in Bognor Regis for some years before taking a career break to start a family. She lived in Clapham Village where she was actively involved in the community. Beverley instigated the Village Post Office Project to save the village store and post office from closure and became the Post Mistress. Following her return to teaching Beverley took on the role of supporting pre-school children with complex additional needs and their families.
Beverley trained as a Reader and went on to be ordained Deacon in 2009 when she became Parish Deacon at All Saints, Findon Valley. She was appointed Deacon-in-charge in January 2015 and then Priest-in-charge upon her ordination to the priesthood in June 2015. Beverley has served as half-time priest-in-charge in the parish of All Saints Findon Valley with St Peter’s, High Salvington up to the present time. All Saints is a very active church which reaches out into the wider community. In the past few years All Saints has been able to refurbish all its church buildings. Last year All Saints set up a community project called ARK — Acts of Random Kindness — which is a befriending scheme.
Beverley’s parish ministry has been combined with roles within the Diocese. As Adult Education Officer at Church House she had responsibility for Reader Training, managing and delivering the programme. She also organised the Following Jesus, Bishop’s Certificate Course across the Diocese. Beverley wrote the Pastoral Training Course for the Diocese which became the basis of the Authorised Lay Ministry Course. She is currently a tutor on the new Diocesan Living Faith Course and leads the ALM module for Pastoral Care.
Between 2011 and 2014 Beverley held a part-time post as Chaplain with the Western Sussex Hospitals Trust, Worthing and still maintains her Bank Chaplain status. She then became part-time Chaplain at Care for Veterans in Worthing where she continues to serve. Care for Veterans is a charity which supports physically disabled ex-Service personnel and the chaplaincy is a very important part of its holistic, person-centred approach to care.
Beverley and her husband Michael have two grown-up sons. Michael is a keen gardener. They both love the woods and open spaces and enjoy walking with Alfie their cockapoo.
* The video of Beverley’s licensing service is available on the church’s YouTube pages.