Our Minister

Our minister is Rev. Shammy Webster.

Shammy is from South East London where she mainly worked in the Financial and Retail sectors at management level. She moved to the North West in mid 2002 working for British Gas at their offices in Trafford, where she worked until 2010. It was during that time, 2003, that Shammy and, her then partner, Pat, sought a place of worship willing to hold a ceremony which would allow them to make vows to each other to resemble a wedding. This was when they found Unitarianism at the chapel in Altrincham, and they were 'married' September of that year.

Shammy says:
"We had originally planned to attend the chapel until our ceremony, but found we were so accepted and treated as part of the chapel 'family' that we decided to carry on attending. I liked the fact that I wasn't forced to believe in any particular way and that I was free to choose how and what I believed."

Shammy joined the movement's Worship Studies Course in 2006 and began to lead worship around the North West. In 2011 she was accepted as a Ministry Student, studying at Luther King House in Manchester, and in 2014 received her B.A. in Contextual Theology from Manchester University. She took her first Ministry in September 2014 and was called to Minister to Stand Unitarians in January 2019.

Shammy loves music, walking and reading and shares her home with wife Pat, dog Harry and cats; Joshua and Matthew.

Stand Chapel is a member congregation of the Unitarian movement that evolved out of a desire to be free from the restrictions of formal creeds and doctrines. The name "Unitarian" was chosen because of a resistence to the doctrine of the Trinity which early members found to be irrational and impossible to justify. Modern Unitarians have a much wider perspective with a vast range of religious opinion. Unitarianism is about being free to find your own place, to be comfortable with your own beliefs and encouraged continually to explore and to challenge.