The Awesome Network Committee

Please meet the committee of the Awesome Network. We’d love to connect with you.

Rev Lis Goddard

Rev Lis Goddard


Hi, I'm Lis Goddard. I am Chair of AWESOME and have been since it was founded in 2003. I am Vicar of St James the Less in Pimlico and involved in the Archbishops Transformations Steering Group which is responsible for promoting all aspects of Women's ministry. I have a particular passion for encouraging young vocations and speak regularly at Young Female Vocation Events across the dioceses. I have been ordained since 1996 and since then been involved in Student ministry, taught in a Theological College and worked in a variety of different parish contexts. I am married to Andrew, who is also ordained, and have 2 adult children.

Rev Rosie Ward

Rev Rosie Ward


I’m Rosie Ward, married to Malcolm. I’ve been ordained for over 22 years, serving in parishes in Bristol and Ely Dioceses, and also working for CPAS as a Leadership Development Adviser. I’ve spent many years working out what the Bible says about women leaders, and championing their ministry in the church, including writing two books. I’m now retired and live in Hampshire, where I have more time to enjoy long walks by the sea and create a garden to grow veg, alongside retirement ministry. As Vice Chair of Awesome I support the Chair in her role. I’m one of the two Awesome Representatives on the Transformations Steering Group, which aims to further the development of women’s ordained ministry in the Church of England.

Janet Knox


Hi! I'm Janet and I have recently been appointed to the role of secretary of Awesome. I was ordained in 2011, having worked for many years as a volunteer community worker at St Boniface Church, Quinton, Birmingham, which is where I now serve as Assistant Priest. I also work two days a week for Church of England Birmingham as a Growing Younger Facilitator supporting churches who are looking to grow their ministry amongst children and families.

I was introduced to Awesome by some wonderful women priests in Birmingham, and have really appreciated becoming more involved with Awesome over the years.

I enjoy spending time with my 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren. I love music (including singing in a local choir), holidaying in Scotland, and food!

Janet Frymann

Membership Secretary

Hi I'm Janet Frymann, I am Priest in Charge of the Roughton Benefice in the Diocese of Norwich.

I have been attending the AWESOME Conferences since 2010 and became the membership secretary last year.

If there is anything I can help you with in relation to your membership with AWESOME, please do not hesitate to get in touch or ask one of the committee members.

Rev Hilda Isaacson

Rev Hilda Isaacson


Hello, I am Hilda Isaacson, Priest in Charge of Bolsterstone St Mary and Deepcar St John. These parishes are in the North West of the Sheffield Diocese bordering the Peak district, semi rural with a mixture of church traditions across the churches. I am married to Alan, vicar of neighbouring parishes and my Area Dean! We have grown up children, and are also (young!) grandparents!

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Fiona Gibson

Conservative Networks Liaison Representative

Fiona is currently vicar of three rural parishes in Bedfordshire, having served her curacy in Bedford itself. She is also a part-time distance PhD student with Trinity College Bristol, researching acedia (sloth) and its modern manifestations. Fiona is married to Dave, and they have two teenage children.

Her role on the Awesome Committee is to promote mutually fruitful links between Awesome and conservative evangelical groupings within the Church of England.

Rev Pam Smith

Rev Pam Smith

Communications Secretary

I was ordained in 2004 and served my curacy in a large urban team parish just outside the centre of Coventry. Since 2008 I have been web pastor of, the Diocese of Oxford’s experimental online community. I have a strong interest in pioneering ministry and am currently a member of the Church of England's Pioneer Panel.

I am married to Jim, who is a professor of Statistics at Warwick University. We have two grown up sons and two grandchildren.

Rev Michelle Porter-Babbage

Rev Michelle Porter-Babbage

Conference Organiser

Hi I’m Michelle Porter-Babbage. I was ordained priest in June 2015 and I serve as Assistant Curate in Bourton on the Water with Clapton and the Rissington ‘s within the North Cotswolds, Gloucester Diocese. I’m the Awesome Network Conference organiser – if you would like to help with any aspect of our conferences (annual residential, or day gatherings) then please get in touch.