St Paul's has a paid staff team of 19 people, who work alongside a large number of church members who serve in voluntary leadership and administrative roles.
Rev'd Ruth Bushyager - Vicar
Ruth became the vicar of St Paul's in December 2014. She is married to Ron and they have two young daughters. Prior to being ordained, Ruth worked in the Civil Service in Westminster. She has served on the staff of churches in Bristol, Nottingham and Abingdon as well as being a boarding school chaplain in Oxford, and a Bishop's Missioner in London. Ron is a psychotherapist working in central London and Surrey. As a family they love cooking, watching movies, and exploring the beautiful Surrey hills.
Ruth can be found on twitter @RBushyager
You can email her direct on firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth's PA is Sally Hulbert - you can email her on email@example.com
Rev'd Peter Nevins - Curate
Peter became the Curate at St Paul's in September 2016, havingtrained for ordination at St Mellitus Theological College in West London. For many years he served on the team of Christ Church Virginia Water in youth and children's ministry. Peter and his wife Kristin are from the USA and they have four young children and a lively dog. They love family time, sport, and great coffee.
You can email Peter direct on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Hill - Worship Pastor
Tom joined the staff team of St Paul's in September 2016, having previously worked as a police officer. He is an ordinand training for ministry at St Mellitus Theological College in West London, and during his training is serving part time as our Worship Pastor. Tom is married to Megan, who works as a Play Therapist, and they have two young daughters. As well as the growing team of contemporary musicians at St Paul's, Tom also leads our sound and audio visual teams.
You can find Tom on Twitter @p_chill80 or contact him direct at email@example.com
Steve Henwood - Children’s & Youth Minister
Steve is married to Jo, has two teenage daughters and, with a female rabbit as well (they said it was male), is seriously outnumbered. After working as a Primary teacher in Kent, and then for a church in Epsom, Steve now works at St Paul's alongside a team seeking to develop and oversee a diverse, Spirit-filled Children's and Youth Ministry across the area. It's a role that involves early mornings with toddlers, late nights with teenagers and probably more fun than is strictly necessary. Not one to turn down Mexican food or a good curry, he can also sometimes be found playing in a 60s band, complete with large flares and a giant afro wig.
You can contact Steve on firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Hopper - Youth Pastor
Rachel joined our team in 2017. She was born in the UK but grew up in Australia, she came back to England five years ago. Rachel has a huge passion for working with young people and women.
She has previously worked in a Church in Leatherhead and co-founded the "Be Me project" which raises self-esteem in young women.
Rachel loves sunshine, coffee and holidays. She loves building the kingdom of God & encouraging people.
Rachel also has quite a distinct laugh!
Rachel's email is email@example.com
Penny Barker – Operations Manager
Penny is married to Paul, a business coach, and they have two adult daughters. When she's not running the Church Office and our busy Church Centre, Penny likes nothing better than getting out her bike and setting off for a quick spin in the Surrey Hills. She also loves cycling in France, with the odd mountain thrown in, and anything to do with the sea: sailing, kayaking, coast walks - and fish and chips! Very fond of St Paul's church - the family, the building and its history - she is excited about the vision and plans for the future.
Penny's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev'd Jeff Yelland - Associate Minister (Retired)
Ordained later in life, following a career as a Consulting Engineer, Jeff has a passion to see men, women and young people grow in faith and love with Jesus.
Jeff is married to Sylvia; they have three married children and at the last count eight grandchildren. Jeff loves the sea, travelling in France, rugby union, going to the cinema and enjoys a curry when Sylvia will let him! He also supports Crystal Palace FC. His music tastes are eclectic, ranging from Eric Clapton to Andre Bocelli and he has a special place in his heart for Mozart’s Requiem - you can ask him why when you meet him.
Jeff's email is email@example.com
Rev'd Jenny Firth - Assistant Minister
Jenny has lived in Dorking and been a member of St Paul’s church since 1975. Having been a secondary music teacher for many years, Jenny took early retirement and was ordained as a (part-time) local minister in 2007. Jenny is married to John and they have 5 grown-up children/step-children and an increasing number of grandchildren. As well as visiting the family, she enjoys sailing, gardening, singing, reading and pottering about in the caravan. She may also sometimes be seen early in the morning on a short jog!
Jenny's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicola Glass - Communications Coordinator
Nicola serves in the office team to draw together the design, publicity and communications needs of our very active church and help ensure that our members, and our wider community, are informed about our news, events, and courses.
Nicola's email is email@example.com
Rowena Birch - Parish Administrator
Rowena joined the staff team in 2016 and serves in the office to help ensure the smooth running of our church. She also loves volunteering as she leads our Early Bird Cafe ministry.
Rowena's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Everness - PCC Secretary, Finance Team and Youth & Children Administrator
Alison has been serving on our team since 2016 in a host of ways - administering the church council, the children and youth work, and also on the finance team. She is married to Graham, who is training as a Licensed Lay Minister, and they have two adult daughters. You can contact Alison on Alison@stpaulsdorking.org.uk
Tian Tian Hu, Caretaker
Tian Tian joined the team in 2017 as our Caretaker, working part-time to help ensure all our rooms are set up just right for the life of our busy parish centre.
Helena Twentyman, Choir Director
Helena brings a wealth of professional music experience to leadership of our choir, which rehearses every Friday evening and sings every Sunday at our 9am service. Helena is married to Ian who is our organist. Helen is always pleased to welcome new members to the choir so don't hesitate to be in touch! You can contact Helena via email@example.com
Tanya King, Headteacher of St Paul's Church Nursery
Tanya has led our Ofsted Outstanding church nursery since 2014. Our nursery is on site in purpose built rooms opened in 2014, and Tanya leads a dedicated staff team of qualified Early Years practitioners. The team includes Gill the Nursery Administrator and Tara the Nursery Bookkeeper. Do explore the nursery's own website or be in touch with any queries.
Jacqui Moulder, Deputy Head of St Paul's Nursery
Jacqui has been Deputy Head of our nursery since 2014 and, after a career in teaching older children, discovered a passion for Early Years education. If not in the nursery, Jacqui can often be found on the athletics track or running marathons in her spare time!
Nigel Catterall, Verger
Nigel serves as our Verger for weddings and funerals. He has been a member of St Paul's for many years and knows the buildings inside out. He loves to help make sure that everything goes smoothly in the most joyful, and in the most sorrowful, occasions of life and worship.
There are many other key team members:
Jon Ruddock & Ian Poole, Church Wardens
Chris Ellis, Treasurer and leader of our Finance Team
Ruth Cornish, Head of Pastoral Care
Lawrence Comber, Head of Prayer
John Arnold, Head of Social Justice Ministries
Jonathan Papworth, Head of World Church Ministries
Sylvia Yelland, Home Groups Coordinator
Laura Parker, Chair of Nursery Management Committee
Anna Mercer, Safeguarding Team Leader
Graham Everness, LLM in training
Sue Beckett, Baptisms Coordinator