People

A church is foremost a group of people. This page introduces you to some of the people at St. John’s. If you would like to speak to any of us for any reason, please contact us.


Clergy
Rector: Rev'd Paul Roberts
An accomplished musician, Paul has been Rector of St John’s since 2003. Also a keen gardener, he has patiently improved the Rectory garden where he is often reminded of the church: “Feed it, weed it, prune it, and it will grow and be productive.” His dream for the church is: “on earth, as it is in heaven.”
You can follow his blog from the link on the Home page.
Curate: Rev'd Sue Thomas
Sue was ordained priest in October 2012 and works part-time in the parish as an Assistant Priest on Thursdays and Sundays. She continues working part-time in a school teaching swimming. Prior to family life, Sue worked for many years as an Administrator at Marks & Spencer’s head office. She enjoys playing the piano, visiting places of interest, and garden design. Sue enjoys discovering a diversity of prayer and exploring the work of the Holy Spirit.
Youth Pastor: Tim Hill
"Hi, I’m Tim Hill and I live with my wife Mandy in Horley, next to Gatwick Airport. We have a daughter, Alice, who is in her second year at Canterbury University. We also have two house rabbits, Winston and Barney.
A few years ago I trained as a Reader in the Church of England and that included working for another Theological Diploma… but I’m not an academic, I just love learning and communicating.
I have links with charities like Medical Aid International and Bible Explorer, play football twice a week and write movie reviews.
It is a joy to work with the Team at Old Coulsdon and I’m helping at St Andrew’s too – schools, Messy Church, Youth Groups, Services and most importantly individual people. If I can possibly help, please get in touch… if you pray then I would appreciate your prayers…”
Reader: Christine McCutchion
Christine was licensed at Southwark Cathedral in 2013 as a Reader to serve in the church by teaching, preaching and leading services. Christine co-ordinates the weekly Messy Church at St. John’s. In our ‘messy’ lives she enjoys listening and seeing where God is at work. Having been a nurse and a counsellor she is interested in the interconnection between mind body and spirit. Worshipping at Coventry Cathedral during childhood she is keen on ‘reconciliation’. Her interests are painting, enjoying the company of her three daughters and four fun grand-children.
Churchwardens
The churchwardens are the key people responsible for all practical aspects of church life, particularly the buildings.
Tony Tucker
Tony and his wife have lived in Old Coulsdon for many years, and became involved with St John’s following one of the Alpha Courses that are held each year. Tony spent almost all of his working life in banking, both in the UK and overseas with the IMF in the Middle East.
For six years he was Parish Treasurer, and having relinquished that role was appointed Churchwarden at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in April 2016.
He is looking forward to developing his involvement with the church and his journey of faith.
Claire Taylor
Claire is married to Russell, and has 3 children. She lived in Old Coulsdon as a teenager and moved back here some 12 years ago. She is a retired Police Officer having served 30 years with The Metropolitan Police. Since leaving she has become involved in P.T.A work with her children’s schools which takes up much of her time. She also helps around The Open Group of the church and assists at Pram Service on a regular basis.
Parish Administrator: Wendy Burton
Wendy works in the church office on weekday mornings. She also runs the monthly Pram service and is involved in baptism preparation.
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Anne Gledhill
Anne Gledhill - Parish Safeguarding Officer
If you have any concerns about safeguarding issues, contact Anne on 07707 396267