Rev. Andrew Poppe

Our Vicar

Having come from a military background (25 years a commissioned officer in the RAF), I was ordained in 2011 in Salisbury Cathedral and served my Curacy just to the west of Salisbury in a team of 10 Churches.

As my Curacy came to an end, we searched for the place that God might be calling us to and after a number of false starts, were welcomed here as the Vicar of Cowes with two Churches (both St Mary’s and Holy Trinity), and I was licensed on the 4th of March in 2015.

Sarah and I have three children all of whom are grown up, the eldest is a teacher, the second a doctor and our youngest is currently a traveller, spending time in Adelaide, Australia.

Outside of ministry duties Sarah and I enjoy time with our family (who all reside on the mainland - or Australia!) and we also have wider family here on the Island.  Personally I enjoy sailing and practical projects such as woodwork, metalwork and am currently building a replica Porsche 356 Speedster car. Otherwise I enjoy reading, particularly historical sea stories.

I am thoroughly enjoying immersing myself in ministry in Cowes and many chaplaincies, and working with the Church family to discern the future models of ministry for this place and where the Lord is calling us all.

Rev. Elizabeth Moxley

Assistant Priest

I moved to Cowes in the autumn of 2017 when I retired as Rector of a multi-parish benefice in Buckinghamshire. Before ordination, I taught English in Papua New Guinea and then worked in Comprehensive schools in the Thames valley. During that time I trained as a counsellor and served my local church, first by running the Sunday School and then as Churchwarden.

I’m a widow with two married daughters who live on the mainland and I’m grateful to be able to make regular visits to spend time with them and my four young grandchildren.

Now in addition to assisting with the ministry of St Mary the Virgin and Holy Trinity, I’m enjoying an energetic retirement: sailing, choral singing, reading and walking the island’s glorious footpaths.

Drusilla "Dru" Dennis

Assistant Priest

Ordained in 1995, I became the Rev'd Drucilla Dennis and a chaplain in Cowes. By 2001, having completed thirty years of teaching, mainly in island middle schools, I moved into full time ministry in the town centre church of Dorchester, county town of West Dorset. Thereafter life and ministry have been hectic, challenging, inspirational and emotional as I have embraced serving as a town and rural parish priest, chaplain in hospices and a hospital and even voluntary duty chaplain at Westminster Abbey.

Now I find myself retired and living back in Cowes where I grew up and am settling back into life here and the beautiful churches of St. Mary's and Holy Trinity. However, clergy rarely fully retire and I am enjoying fresh possibilities and challenges including a new puppy. When you meet me out walking with a small black dog please do stop and say "hello".

Gillian Murray

Lay Reader (retired - with Permission to Officiate).

Editor of Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary's Church magazine.

Convenor of Julian Meeting for contemplative prayer.