Who's who

The Rector, the Revd Dr Crispin Pailing

Originally from the suburbs of London, Fr Crispin seems to have been moving northwards every decade.  His first degree was in Classics before going on to study theology, followed by post-graduate research on the 20th century theologian Karl Rahner.  Fr Crispin was ordained in 2003 and came to St Nick’s in 2014 from a parish in North Birmingham, where he developed a particular interest in church mission and growth.

As Rector of Liverpool, Fr Crispin has a particular place in the civic life of the city, but he is also committed to maintaining the Parish Church as a place of welcome and sanctuary for all, extending an invitation to everyone to experience God and grow in discipleship in the heart of Liverpool.



Assistant Priest, the Revd David Baverstock

A native of Rochdale, David spent several years in London as a student at Kings College London, a member of a lay religious community attached to St Paul’s Cathedral and as a pastoral assistant at the Church of St Mary-le-Bow, before training for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge.

He was based in the Diocese of St Albans for his first curacy, at the Parish of Mill End and Heronsgate with West Hyde, and as part of the Cheshunt Team Ministry.  David was appointed Assistant Priest in April 2013 and is currently leading parish liturgical developments and coordinating pastoral ministry.



Assistant Priest, the Revd Michelle Montrose

Michelle was born in Chorley and, apart from a year spent in London, has been based in Liverpool throughout her working life.  After five years as a member of the Sisters of Mercy, she began her work in support of those with learning difficulties, initially through the L’Arche Community and a 7-year appointment with MENCAP.  Since 1995 she has held a senior NHS role in commissioning services for those with learning difficulties.  More recently she has been working as a case manager for people with severe brain injuries.

Michelle was ordained in 2008 and served her first curacy in the Parish of St Mary, West Derby.  She joined St Nick’s as Assistant Priest in October 2012.



Hon. Assistant Priest

Fr Paul Nener


Retail Chaplain, Chris Shelley

Chris works for Mission in the Economy, which offers ministry at the interface of faith and work.  Chris works as a Chaplain to shops and stores in Church St, in our parish.   Chris grew up in Liverpool, but has lived abroad for many years in both the US and Israel.   Now that he is back in Liverpool he works as a volunteer pastor with the Methodist Church, as an advisor for Tearfund, and as the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a foodbank.   He is normally in the Church St area on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

MiTE Chaplaincy Website



Mrs Pauline Lewis & Mr Peter Summerfield

Parish Administrator

Mrs Jean Wynne

Parish Organist

Dr Jim Wrightson

PCC Secretary

Mr Guy Barker

PCC Treasurer

Mrs Sarah Doyle