Meet the Team



Reverend Denise Smith

I am an ex-teacher who received a calling very late in life, at 55 years old. I was ordained in 2008. Recently I retired at 70 years old after 8 years of service as an O.L.M. (Ordained Local Minister) and then as an N.S.M. (Non Stipendiary Minister). I serve as a governor of Crawshawbooth Primary School and am a trustee of Crawshawbooth Community Centre.

I share the branch Leadership of Goodshaw Mothers' Union with Mrs Wendy Cox. I am the Rossendale Deanery Leader of Mothers' Union and recently accepted the role of Bolton Archdeaconry Chaplain. One of my great loves is helping to organise festivals and retreats for Mothers' Union members.

It is now over 20 years since I was widowed but I have a lovely extended family, with 14 grandchildren and 1 great -grandchild. When I was 70, the family made me a poster saying, "Mum loves:- Gin & Tonic, a good party, Elvis, being a grandma and then God!" They were teasing me because they know very well that my love for God comes before everything else!

I will continue to serve my Lord in as many ways as I am able, as long as my health holds out. The Lord  does not seem to understand the meaning of the word 'retirement'!!

Lorraine Ashworth (Lay Reader)

Rossendale born and bred, I’m a Licensed Reader which means I have studied for 3 years to enable me to preach sermons, help to lead worship and distribute Holy Communion within the parish. I live outside the parish but try to make a full contribution to parish life when work commitments allow.

I qualified as a primary school teacher in 1996 and have worked as a supply teacher in many different schools. I also work as a customer care adviser.

To relax, I enjoy reading from a wide variety of genres but especially Sci-fi/Fantasy and crime novels. I also love going to watch live rock music with my daughter and friends.

I love my role which I feel God has called me to and want to serve him with joy and purpose in all aspects of my life.



Church Warden, Mike Black