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Penelope Swithinbank

Penelope is the Director of Ministry for Ministries by Design. She is an ordained Anglican priest and a trained Spiritual Director.

She is married to Kim and they live (with Gracie, now somewhat bigger!) at Mays Farm, the Christian Retreat Centre they have recently renovated and which they run together.

Penelope and Kim have 3 grown and married children and 6 grandchildren.

She loves reading, the theatre, walking the dog and looking after her grandchildren on both sides of the Atlantic.


Blogging, Writing & Speaking

Penelope blogs regularly on this site and has also had one book published to date - Women by Design. She also writes for Scripture Union's Daily Bread notes.

She has plans for a devotional book for the first year after a major bereavement and has been blogging about that here.

Penelope is a gifted speaker and is available for church Women's groups and retreats both in the UK and the USA, where Kim and Penelope spend 3 months each year.



Penelope has been leading pilgrimages for a number of years. Her first few took the ancient pilgrim root along the Cotswold Way and were exclusively for women. She and Kim are now also leading pilgrimages together for mixed groups, once or twice per year, on the Via Francigena in Italy.

Group size is normally 10-12 people, which allows for real personal interaction and a wonderful shared experience.

Those interested can join one of the planned pilgrimages or get a whole group together and Kim and Penelope would be happy to arrange dates to suit.

Ministries by Design, Mays Farm, 25 The Street, Hullavington, Wilts SN14 6DP. Tel:01666 838332

Company No 8240832 ~ Registered Charity No: 1151251

For retreats, please see our dedicated website

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