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Rector of the Parish of Aldingbourne, Barnham & Eastergate -

Revd Canon Paul Armstead

Fr Paul was ordained Deacon in 2008 and Priest in 2009. He attended St Stephen's House theological college, Oxford.  

​Fr Paul served his curacy at St Matthew, Northampton, in the Diocese of Peterborough from 2008 - 2012, then as curate of Holy Spirit, Southsea and Priest-in-Charge of St James', Milton,  Diocese of Portsmouth from 2012.

He was made an Honorary Canon of St Georges' Cathedral, Ho, Ghana, West Africa in 2018. 

In 2019 Fr Paul became an Associate Area Dean of Portsmouth Deanery.  Fr Paul serves on the House Council of St Stephens House and is a Priest Associate of the Holy House (OLW).

Email -

Tel - 01243 551566 (rectory) or 

Associate Priest -

Revd Graham Reeves SSC


Father Graham was ordained Deacon in 1994 and Priest in 1995.  During his time within the Church in Wales he served his Curacy and was a Priest in Charge of a parish, for the past 21 years he has been an NHS mental health Chapain.  As well as being an author, Priest Oblate of the Order of St Benedict, a Priest of the Society (SSWSH), Priest Associate of the Holy House (OLW) and a member of the Society of the Holy Cross (SSC).  Fr Graham is licenced to the Parish but has Special Responsibility for St. Mary's, Barnham.

Email -

Tel - 01243 265209 or 07749 090009

Honorary Assistant Priest -

Revd Tony Brant

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Father Tony was ordained Deacon 1981 and Priest 1982, for many years he worked as Chaplain to Butlin's in the UK.  Fr Tony served his Curacy at St Mary's, Felpham before becoming Vicar of St Mary's Clymping.  He has ministered in ABE for over 20 years, having worked previously as a social worker. 

Fr. Tony has Permission To Officiate, he ministers in all three churches.

Email -

Tel - 01243 527855

Honorary Assistant Priest -

Revd Sheila Higgins


Reverend Sheila was ordained Deacon 2010 and Priest 2011, before ordination she was a Reader in the Parish.  Before retirement she was a teacher of Religious Studies at Christ's Hospital.  Revd Sheila served her Curacy in the Parish she has Permission to Officiate, she minsters between St George's, Eastergate and St. Mary's, Aldingbounre. 

Email -

Tel - 01243 553901

Honorary Assistant Priest -

Revd Michael Palmer MBE


Father Michael was ordained Deacon in 1968 and Priest in 1969.  During his ministry he has worked in two Dioceses Oxford and Truro as well as being based in Hong Kong, while working with the Mission to Seaman.  While in Truro he was Bishop's Chaplain and while in Devoran Parish he set up a charity, of which Princess Diana was patron, for people with drug additions, for this work he was awarded the MBE.  In retirement Fr. Michael spends half of his time at his home in France.  Fr Michael has Permission to Officiate he only ministers within St Mary's, Barnham. 

Fr Michael can be contacted via the Parish Office.