Revd Tobie Osmond
Tobie has been in ministry for over 20 years. He started here in Taunton, then has spent time in Bath, Toronto and Wells. He is now the Vicar of St Mary Magdalene (about to be Taunton Minster) and St John’s Taunton. He has always had a heart for the people on the fringes, “it is here that we live out the life and work of Jesus, and it is being with and supporting these people that we get to share the love of God at its fullest.” Tobie is an avid skier (five years skiing with the Canadian Ski Patrol), he trains people in advanced riding on motorbikes for RoSPA. He is married with three step children, loves dogs (1 black Lab and 1 Cockapoo), loves reading and movies, and the occasional gin.
Revd Louise Bale
The Revd Louise Bale
Assistant Curate: St Mary Magdalene and St John the Evangelist
Assistant Chaplain: Musgrove Park Hospital
I became Assistant Curate in the benefice at the end of September 2020, when I was ordained Deacon. My curacy is ‘dual track’, combining parish responsibilities with paid employment as part-time hospital chaplain (since March 2020).
I trained for ordination at Sarum College, Salisbury, on a three-year course combined with working part-time as a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Somerset. Prior to coming to Somerset, I worked in Bristol (my home city) in the City Council’s education department - recruiting, training and supporting volunteer school governors for over 12 years. And before having a family I worked for many years in product development in the fine wine and alcoholic drinks industry.
I am married to Simon (also a Rev); we have two sons and one granddaughter.
I originally come from London. On leaving school I trained as a teacher in Liverpool - specialising in French and Latin - later on teaching children with special needs.
I was married to Roger, a Chartered Accountant, until I was widowed in 1994. We had two daughters - Clare and Lucy, and I now have three grandchildren. We moved to Taunton in 1980 and became members of St. Mary Magdalene’s.
I trained for Reader Ministry in 1995 and was Licensed at Wells Cathedral in 1998. First serving at St Mary Magdalene’s, I have also spent time at All Saints, Halcon, a Benedictine monastery in India, Musgrove Park Hospital,Taunton and New Zealand as a Chaplain - now I am very happy to be back at St. Mary Magdalene’s.
Director of Music
I was born in Taunton and studied music at Durham University and the Royal Academy of Music. I then worked in London at Merchant Taylors’ School and Westminster Abbey, and then in Norfolk at Norwich School. Returning to my roots in Somerset, I was Director of Music at Queen’s College from 2007 to 2014.
From September 2011 it has also been a great pleasure to work at St Mary Magdalene, and I now combine this work with the post of Head of Congregational and Instrumental Music for the Royal School of Church Music. I hope that with God’s help we can all catch a glimpse of Heaven through being united in praise and worship with the angels in the roof!
If you might be interested in singing in our choirs (adult or junior) or playing an instrument in worship, please do contact the Church Office on 01823 272441, speak to me after a service.