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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).

In 2023 Fr Paul was appointed Rural Dean of the Arundel and Bognor Deanery.

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 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 Diana, Princess of Wales was patron, for people with drug additions, for this work he was awarded the MBE.  Fr Michael has Permission to Officiate he only ministers within St Mary's, Barnham. 

Fr Michael can be contacted via the Parish Office. 

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