Who's who

Revd Sam Denyer

Sam grew up in and around Bristol where his father was also a parish priest. He met his wife, Paula, in Bristol while working in life assurance.

Sam's ordained ministry has taken him to Lostwithiel in Cornwall and Winnersh in Berkshire, and he has been Vicar of St Cuthbert Wells and Wookey Hole since May 2017.

Sam enjoys exploring Somerset with his family, cycling, reading and photography.

Revd Jennifer Cole MBA, Associate Priest

Jennifer was born in Shaftesbury in Dorset. She grew up in southern Germany and returned to England in her early 20s. She is married to Brian, a civil engineer and his work has taken them to live for short periods in Kuwait and Hong Kong. They have two children.

Jennifer started working for the church as administrator of Walcot Parish in Bath. She joined the diocesan office in Wells in 1996 and is part of the School of Formation. During this time she explored her gifts in administration and completed a Masters in Business Administration with the Open University in 2004. The study has enabled her to reflect on management theory and practice and, where appropriate, apply this to her work.

Jennifer was ordained in June 2009 and is an Associate Priest at St Cuthberts in Wells and Wookey Hole. In her role as Education for Discipleship Officer and Assistant Director of Reader Studies she is involved in all aspects of lay training and as part of this she directs the Exploring Christianity course and manages Reader training in the Diocese.  In her spare time she enjoys working on her allotment and walking Charley, her chocolate Labrador.

Alistair Glanvile, Reader at St Cuthbert's and St Mary Magdalene

Revd Clare Cowlin, Associate Priest

Clare was ordained in Wells Cathedral in 2013, having previously enjoyed 34 years working as an Occupational Therapist in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and London.  She served her curacy at St Thomas, Wells. 

Clare loves spending time outdoors – gardening, walking and birdwatching. She and her husband, Nigel, are in the process of walking the length of the Thames Path from the source to the Thames Barrier in manageable stages! 


Alistair Glanvile, Reader

Alistair Glanvile is a retired farmer and lives at Westbury sub Mendip. He was licensed as a Reader in 1969 and joined St Cuthbert's in 2003. 

Antonia Gwynn, Churchwarden

I have been attending St Cuthbert’s since we moved to Wells in 2001.  Since retiring from primary headship in 2014 I have been the victim of others' powers of persuasion and my own inability to step back in time!  This culminated in becoming a church warden in 2016.

I still manage to find time for some of the things I had imagined would fill my retirement:  a horticulture course; gardening; singing in various choirs; and long-distance solo walking.

My husband, Dominic, still works with his own firm of organ-builders and seems to have no intention of retiring.  We have two daughters and two grandchildren in various parts of the country and see them as much as we can.