Our new Rector

About your Rector elect, Reverend Prebendary Ronnie Crossman

Ronnie grew up in a small village just outside Exeter in Devon and from a very early age used to “play churches” and even wrote sermons from the age of seven, probably because her father was a Diocesan Reader who would travel to villages across Devon taking services and playing the organ. Ronnie would go with him and sometimes even pump the organ in the remote places with no electricity.

Her childhood faith moved from play time to something very real when she was ten, reading the bible and following daily reading notes. Aged eleven her confirmation was a really significant moment and while still a teenager she felt called in a very real way to full time ministry.

As a student Ronnie attended a very large evangelical church in Exeter for evening worship, a smaller house church in the morning, was a member of the Paramedical Student Christian Fellowship and Christian Union in Exeter University whilst training as an Occupational Therapist.

Over the years she has had the privilege of experiencing many different church styles and denominations, even working for the Lutheran Church in Germany for a year.

Ronnie was ordained in 1993, priested in 1994, has been a university chaplain in Bristol and Bavaria and from 2002-2010 was team missioner in a parish of around 27,000 in Portishead planting a new worshipping community on a very large new estate in a new school.

In 2010 Ronnie became vicar of Highbridge in 2010 working very closely with the Baptist Church to set up a foodbank and other support in the community.

Since September 2019 Ronnie has been Diocesan Vocations Coordinator in Salisbury Diocese. When this diocesan post looked as if it would change Ronnie decided to return to parish ministry.

Ronnie and her partner, Liz are very much looking forward to worshipping with us. They bring a chubby cat called Ariki and hope to adopt a puppy once they’ve settled in to the Rectory. They hope their home will be a place of welcome and look forward to getting to know everyone.


Written on 16th March 2020

This is an edited version of Ronnie’s letter to the Benefice which can be downloaded here