Father John Dickens, Priest in Charge

7 Viking Road



01621 858136


Father Robert Wiggs, Associate Priest

113 Moulsham Street






Dawn Mundy, 

Churchwarden/Safeguarding officer

11 Queen Street, Maldon, CM9 5DP

01621 854065


Colin Baldy, Director of Music

15 Wantz Road



01621 856526


Fr. John Dickens, Priest in Charge

Fr John has been a secondary school teacher most of his life with degrees from Birmingham and Leeds universities. He taught Economics and Politics at Sandbach School in Cheshire, an independent grammar school, before becoming Head of Department at Outwood Grange School, a large comprehensive school in Yorkshire. He moved to Maldon in 1985 where he spent three years in the Essex Advisory Service before moving to Castle View School on Canvey Island in 1988. He was Assistant Head there for many years before retiring in 2009. He was also involved in teacher training working for both Essex and Southend Initial Teacher Training Partnerships.


When Fr John moved to Maldon he started attending St Mary’s Church and encouraged by the then Rector, Fr Andrew McIntosh enrolled on the Course in Christian Studies and trained as a Reader. He was licensed as Parish Reader in 1995. He tutored the Course in Christian Studies and was involved in Reader training. When he retired in 2009, he was encouraged by Fr Louis, now the Rector, to fulfil his long held ambition to be ordained. Having been accepted for training he attended St Mellitus College and was ordained deacon in 2013 and priest in 2014. In 2016 he was licensed as Priest in Charge of the parish.

Father Robert Wiggs, Associate Priest

Father Robert studied Classics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and theology at the Queen’s College, Birmingham. Having taught in Cambridgeshire and been a volunteer worker in the Corrymeela Community of Reconciliation in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, he then served in parishes in Stratford, East Ham and Grays. He has variously trained in Ignatian Spirituality, taught theological anthropology at St Mellitus College, been the Bishop of Chelmsford’s Adviser for Refugees and been a part time chaplain at Bulwood Hall Prison. 


He loves working at St Mary’s, far away from the gaze of bishops and archdeacons. He has a special interest in working on the frontier between orthodox theology, Catholic and Evangelical, and ordinary modern culture including the various worlds of unbelief and uncertainty. He is deeply grateful for many encounters with conversation partners under 30, including the generation of his grandchildren (roughly 0-9)


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