St Giles, Aintree

in the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool

Our Vicar - Rev'd Nathan Thorpe

Nathan has been Vicar of St Giles since May 2020.

​He grew up in Widnes, St Helens & Warrington and spent his teenage years attending concerts with long hair. He also played the drums with friends in local bands.

After studying Ancient & Medieval History in Wales while working as a cleaner and bartender, he trained for ministry at Crammer Hall, Durham.

He met Poppy (who is also a priest) in Durham and they got married in 2017 while serving curacies in Formby.  Poppy is Vicar at All Saints with St Frideswyde's, Thornton & Crosby. Their daughter, Sophia, is shuttled back and forth between churches!

He enjoys playing pool and supports St Helens RLFC & Liverpool FC. He likes a beer, baking and will laugh at even the most terrible puns!

You can contact him at the Vicarage, on 0151 280 3883, or email

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Assistant Priest - Rev'd Sue Smith

Rev Sue is a retired parish priest, previously having served in two parishes in the Liverpool diocese and a large parish in Manchester. Originally from South Yorkshire, she moved to the south of England with her husband Roddy and was ordained in Oxford in 1997.

Looking for a church to settle in after retirement they found the welcome at St. Giles irresistible and are very happy to have found a good place for worship and where an extra priest can be useful.

Rev Sue has two children and four grandchildren; she loves walking, gardening, and anything to do with steam trains!

Our Curate – Rev’d Natalie West

Natalie is the curate at St Giles. Natalie is Scottish, studied Theology in Edinburgh and then trained as a librarian in Newcastle. After several years, she re-trained and worked in Alder Hey Hospital as a bereavement counsellor.

She continues her counselling work in addition to her ministry at St Giles.

Natalie is also a on-call chaplain at Southport Hospital & the Wirral YMCA. She is married to Neil, an ex-serviceman and funeral celebrant.

She was ordained as a Deacon in June 2021. She enjoys gin, a good book and river cruising in Norfolk!

Natalie is available on Sunday, Monday & Wednesdays. She can be contacted at

Clergy at St Giles