St Peter’s Harrogate


Meet the Clergy

Alan Garrow – Vicar of St Peter’s Church

Alan joined St Peter’s, along with Emma and their two school-age children, in April 2016. Since ordination in 1993 he has done a lot of different jobs - but this is the first time he has been 'the Vicar'. Since becoming Vicar of St Peter's, however, he's been wondering why he's been avoiding such a great job for so long! His main hobby is finding out more about first century history - trying to answer questions like: why did people in the first century think it was a good idea to follow Jesus? You can find out more about his writing and research at Otherwise, he loves being outdoors and meeting new people. Alan is also Area Dean of Harrogate Deanery.

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Chris Clayton – Associate Vicar

Chris was born and bred in Bradford and is married to Samantha. Chris and Sam, who were childhood sweethearts, have been together for 28 years, married for 22 and have two sons, Alexander and Daniel.  Chris' hobbies include supporting the mighty Bradford City FC, playing golf and watching most sports. Chris also enjoys cooking for others and playing games of all types. Before ordination Chris worked in the hotel trade for six years and at Bradford College as the IT Customer Services Manager for eleven years.

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Steve Gibbin - Curate

Steve will be training at St Peter's Church part-time while continuing to work as a teacher of religious studies at Leeds Grammar School. He studied philosophy at the University of Hull where he met Catherine, his wife. Catherine works as Pastoral Director at St Mark’s, Harrogate. Together they have four school-age children. 


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Karin Shaw - Curate

Karin will be training at St Peter's Church part-time for the initial part of her curacy, and full-time thereafter. Previously, Karin trained as a Secondary English and Drama teacher at Nottingham University before working in various charity and church roles working with families and young people. She and husband Graham have nineteen-year-old twins, Tom and Phoebe and a Siberian cat called Boris.

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