Rev. Vicky Atkins, Minister

Rev. Vicky Atkins


New Reverend Vicky Atkins

Laura Braime, Lay Pastor

Laura Braime

Lay Pastor

I have been employed by Calderdale Methodist Circuit as Lay Pastor to work across Brighouse Central Methodist Church and Stones Methodist Church in Ripponden.

I live with my husband and two young boys, who keep me very busy. I love family days out, attempting to grow fruit and vegetables at the allotment, and good coffee – enjoyed best with friends.

Alongside work and family life, I am involved with some community organisations, including a pantomime society and The Scout Association.

I am very excited to develop the role and work with the circuit and churches as we journey together in faith.

John Homes, Senior Steward

John Homes

Senior Steward

Senior Steward

Pippa Lipton, Steward

Pippa Lipton


New steward

Val McLeod, Steward

Val McLeod


Val was born in Newcastle on Tyne and attended the Presbyterian church, firstly there and later in Coventry. Whilst living in Worcester she was invited to a Methodist church and subsequently became a committed member. After moving to Yorkshire she joined Central Methodist Church and is involved in many aspects of church life, including the choir, Centralpedes, tap dancing and is Church Council Secretary.

Val is married to Robert and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Currently she teaches English as a foreign language, but formerly taught German.

Linda Freeman, Steward

Linda Freeman



David Ingram, Steward

David Ingram



Val Eggleton, Safeguarding Lead

Val Eggleton

Safeguarding Lead

Val’s interests include BASH local (Brighouse and surrounding homeless), helping at Open Door lunches, supporting those vulnerable or on the ‘edge of society.’ Regular supplies of strong coffee, in VERY large cups, talking to Val about education, running, books, (member of a local book group), or how to avoid venturing out on a European tour on her husband Steve’s, (very large) motor bike will grab her attention. A very new grandma to Oliver, Val is renewing her acquaintance with nursery rhymes and all things baby related. Mum to two daughters, Jo (Oliver’s mum) and Sarah. A sincere and devout love of God and a will to support and develop Central for the Brighouse community for the future are her driving forces

Sheila Hoodlass

Pastoral Secretary

Pastoral Secretary