Life in Community is deeply rewarding, immensely challenging and extremely varied. We may live in relative seclusion at the end of a no through road in the middle of Devon but the world comes to us! Our life together is the foundation of a ministry creating good quality space for the many guests we welcome.

We're here because day by day we see those wearied and wounded in the service of the church whose lives are mended and changed. Because the place is beautiful and brings delight to those from all walks of life seeking refreshment and renewal. Because every day is different and we have so many opportunities to be stretched and grow. Because our ministry is specialist and unique. Because we can be flexible, innovative and pioneering in the ways we live out our calling to support people in ministry. We're here because it is God who calls us.

In our Community life we experience both continuity and change. We are still recognisably the same Community that was established in 1991, and are still regularly adapting in creative ways to changing needs and circumstances. Some of our members are longserving, including some of the early founders whose life at Sheldon goes back 40 years. Some undertake shorter commitments of a few years before moving on. Stability is one of our core values which we aim to express in our individual lives, in our approach to Community and in the environment we create for our guests. 

If you are interested in exploring joining the Community, read more here.

The current makeup of our Community is as follows

  • Sarah Horsman (Warden)
  • Carl Lee (Lay Chaplain) and Sue Lee
  • Hillary Hanson (Cellarer)
  • Jan Kaye (Housekeeper)
  • Esther Nyame (Hosteller)