St James The Great

​Old Milverton, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Revd. Sue Fairhurst

Telephone: 01926 735254


Revd. Sue completed her training in 2014 and was ordained at Coventry Cathedral. She says 'Through all my different roles at St James the love and support of the St James family has been such an encouragement. I consider myself blessed to be part of this committed and enthusiastic team of people. The Holy Spirit truly is at work in this place!'


Revd. William Smith

Telephone: 01926 316475


William served as curate, and then Team Rector in the Team Parish of Caludon. For twelve years he was vicar of St Giles, Exhall. Throughout his ministry he has always worked closely with local schools and community groups and is currently chaplain of the Coventry Sea Cadets.

He has always worked in growing churches and believes that a happy church is the best place for the kingdom of God to flourish. It wasn’t until he went to University that he began attending church for the first time and has always valued the initial experience of feeling baffled by church culture. As a result he has tried to help all ages and backgrounds to find a place of welcome at God’s table.

He has travelled extensively in India and has developed links with church communities there. He strongly believes that there is always something new and exciting to learn about God’s inclusive love and our part in his amazing world.

​​Revd. Dr. Felicity Smith


Revd. Felicity joined St James in 1993 as a deacon, and was ordained priest the following year as part of the first group of women to be ordained in Coventry diocese. She says 'On the 1st May 1994, the church was full for my first celebration of Holy Communion. It was a privilege to be the first woman to celebrate mass at St James, on a lovely, sunny day, and in true St James fashion we celebrated afterwards with cake and bubbly.'

​At Old Milverton we share a full time vicar with St Mary Magdalene, Lillington. We have recently appointed William Smith as our new vicar.

We are also very lucky to have two wonderful ordained clergy who support all our requirements at Old Milverton, and sometimes have other vicars from the local area visit to lead the service and give a sermon with a different flavour.