The Team

Meet the Team

The Good Shepherd is made up of staff and volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds. Here are just a few of us!

Rev Sue Willetts

Sue has been ordained since 2008, serving her curacy in Burton on Trent, then spent 5 years as a Team Vicar in the Uttoxeter Area of Parishes until 2016 when she came to the Good Shepherd.

Before ordination she was a Secondary School Operations Manager for 14 years. To ‘recharge’ Sue enjoys walking their dog, Ralph; embroidery; knitting and reading; and retreating to the sea.

Church Wardens

The office of Churchwarden is one of the earliest forms of recognised lay ministry. As far back as the 13th century Churchwardens were custodians of the fabric and furniture of the Church.

Ed Grainger

Ed has been worshipping at the Good Shepherd since he and his family arrived in Loughborough in 1984 and chose to join their local and very welcoming church. He has been a churchwarden since 2014. Before recently retiring, Ed worked as a primary school teacher in other parts of the country, then as deputy and head teacher in Leicestershire.

He is married to Beverley and they have a daughter, three sons and two grandchildren. A perfect day for Ed would be walking in the Welsh border country, visiting as many medieval castles, churches and battlefields as possible, before watching his football team, Ipswich Town, win.

Nuhad Aboulela

Nuhad is originally from Iraq and has been worshipping at the Good Shepherd church since 2002. Nuhad was appointed as the church warden just over a year ago. She has a fond love for the church and congregation who are so warm, friendly & generous.

Nuhad has been married to Awad since 1979, living in Khartoum, Sudan for 16 years after they got married. They have a son and a daughter and have been blessed with 3 grandchildren.

Readers

Readers are lay people in the Church of England, from all walks of life, who are called by God, theologically trained and licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work.

Jackie Rotter

Jackie has had a wealth of Bible teaching and study throughout her life, and ten years ago God called her to pass on some of that through becoming a Reader.

She became a Christian more than 50 years ago in a Congregational church, and has experienced a range of church styles around the world and taken various church roles before coming to the Good Shepherd in 2013. She is a retired music teacher, and married to Ken with nine grandchildren.

Andy Willetts

Andy became a Reader in 1993 at Southwell Minster. As a Reader Andy has led youth work, small groups and assisted at services – sometimes using puppets!

He works full time for Network Rail and to relax he enjoys walking, gardening and the occasional meal out.