ArtServe is a company limited by guarantee and is governed by a board of directors. All directors are also trustees of the registered charity. Our officers are responsible for specific aspects of the organisation.
Anita is a full time artist working in Plymouth. Most of her works are not overtly religious but underpinned with a narrative of faith whispering to the heart, communicated through a variety of mediums in 2D, 3D and poetry.
She has led a variety of workshops and community art projects in Plymouth and is well-connected with the secular creative community as well as churches across the city. Alongside undertaking commissions and developing her own art for exhibitions she enjoys leading creative workshops in a centre for people suffering with mental illness. Anita paints 'live' at various conferences including Spring Harvest.
Her desire is to encourage people to engage with creativity and experience God using it to speak, displaying his glory both in the process and outcome. She longs for an increased impact made through the arts in worship, prophetically, therapeutically, and most definitely outside of the church as well as within.
Jacqui is married to Peter, they have two young children and live in Chislehurst, Kent. With a creative working background of costume design in theatre and television she is now a teaching assistant and SEN support as well as being a worship leader.
She uses all forms of creativity including art, drama and music as well as creating visual displays, to enhance prayer and worship. She has worked extensively around the country creating displays and workshops on Labyrinth, Psalms, Circle Dance, Christian Tai Chi, also introducing how to use the Methodist Church Modern Art Collection in worship and ‘How To’ create worship linked displays. The list continues to grow as new challenges and ideas emerge.
Allison Lewis (long service awards)
Allison has been an ArtServe member since 2010, having been encouraged to attend her first festival by Andrew Pratt. She is a Methodist Local Preacher in the Stockport Circuit and enjoys using various arts and crafts when leading worship. Her particular interest is 'art in nature' and 'nature in art' incorporating a special interest in history and the Celtic tradition. She intends to learn to spin and weave, loves to practising calligraphy and having a 'good sing'.
She is a special needs Teaching Assistant in a primary school, working one-to-one with some very special young people. As administrator of ArtServe's long service awards, she says it is such a blessing to acknowledge people who have devoted their God-given gifts in the life of the Church over many years. She wants ArtServe to help people of faith recognise their gifts from God and have the confidence to use them as they worship and share their faith with others.
Paul McDowell (treasurer)
Paul is organist at Wesley Methodist Church, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and an accredited Worship Leader there. After spending over 25 years at Customs & Excise, mostly as computer programmer, analyst and service manager, for the last 12 years he has worked part-time as his church's administrator.
He devotes the rest of his time to various musical activities: accompanying choirs and music societies, and students for music exams and festivals, playing for weddings, funerals and other services as well as for regular Sunday services. He also plays accordion and piano with the folk and barn dance band The Famous Potatoes. He has been ‘musician in residence’ at recent ArtServe festivals and sings with a chamber choir in Upminster.
Richenda Milton-Daws (chair; editor, ArtServe magazine)
Richenda has a lifelong passion for the theatre and the visual arts. She read English language and literature at Oxford and has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years, many of them on a freelance basis.
Richenda was brought up in east Cornwall and has lived in Oxford, London and Sussex. In 2008, she moved to a village near Malmesbury in Wiltshire, and a couple of years later was licensed as a Lay Minister (Reader) in the Anglican Diocese of Bristol. She describes herself as primarily a 'words person', but is increasingly aware of the limitations of words and the power of music and visual imagery to fill spaces imposed by them.
After teaching for nearly 25 years in London (secondary languages, then 20 years in primary schools) Pauline retired and now lives in Salisbury, where she has started to develop a long-neglected talent for art. Born into a Brethren family, she came to faith and was baptised in her teens but then migrated to the Baptist Church (her husband is a retired Baptist minister).
Soon after moving to Salisbury she was led to worship at her local Anglican church where she is a member of the PCC, sings in the worship group, and leads intercessions. She believes passionately in worship which engages every part of our being and is often frustrated that more is not made of the visual arts, dance and drama in worship. She believes there is a wealth of creativity in our churches that should be encouraged and used.
Rob is a Methodist local preacher, accredited worship leader, worship band leader and singer-songwriter. He has been a performing musician for over 35 years in a huge variety of situations and venues and for many different reasons.
In 1991 he became founder and leader of a worship band in Loughborough and has led worship and entertained with Christian music in hundreds of churches and chapels in the UK. One of his primary activities with the band has been the introduction of contemporary worship styles and music to more traditional congregations and to demonstrate we can move forward while keeping the best of our wonderful musical heritage.
David Stolton (company secretary)
David is a Methodist Minister in the Callington Circuit in Cornwall and brings to ArtServe his business background from owning a Plymouth pharmacy. He has always had a keen interest in the arts as a musician, artist, poet and playwright, and feels there is much unreached potential for both communicating the gospel through art, as well as glorifying God with the gifts and talents he has so richly blessed us all with.
He has had specific roles for encouraging the use of all forms of art in the churches he serves, including contemporary drama, dance and music, as well as the visual arts, particularly with young people. He is delighted that his oldest daughter, a music theatre graduate, is now working in a Christian mission band, LED, in schools and churches throughout Devon and Cornwall.
The following people are appointed by the board to undertake specific roles:
Richenda Milton-Daws – chair | email
David Stolton – company secretary | email
Paul McDowell – treasurer | email
Richenda Milton-Daws – magazine editor | email
Michael Boxall – membership and webmaster | email
Rob Newton – festival organiser | email
Allison Lewis – long service awards | email
We welcome offers of help from anyone. A wide range of skills is required and some work is done in small groups or independently. It is not necessary to be a director or an appointed officer to get involved. If you are interested in helping us in any capacity please contact one of the above. Phone numbers are given on the contact us page.