At St. John’s, we strongly believe in an ‘every-member ministry’. However, in keeping with Ephesians 4:11-12, we have a dedicated staff team to help “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the whole body might be built up”.
vacancy (Senior minister)
Andy Palmer (ASSISTANT minister)
Born and raised in Letchworth Garden City, Andy was blessed to grow up hearing about Jesus from a young age. Having finished his degree in theology, he worked for a number of years with students at Christchurch Durham, before serving as a men’s worker at St. George’s Dagenham. In June 2014, Andy completed his Masters in theology at Oak Hill College, and was ordained here at St. John’s. Alongside the privilege of preaching God’s Word, Andy enjoys reading the Bible one-to-one with folk from both congregations. He is married to Hannah, and they have two children – Chloe, and Caleb.
Ross Mungavin (youth & children’s worker)
Ross was born in Basingstoke, grew up in Belfast, and joined the staff at St. John’s in 2013. Prior to joining the team, he worked for two years as a ministry apprentice with Crosslinks mission society based in Northern Ireland with a responsibility for the teenage summer camp ministry and follow up which is something he really enjoyed. Ross is passionate about seeing people come to know the Lord Jesus and grow up in their faith in Him. He is married to Emma, whom he met in school.
Kerry Jones (administrator)
Kerry used to be a civil servant working on European issues within the Department for Business so has all the negotiating skills necessary to organise the coffee rota. She is married to Mark, a Scot who has now been living in London longer than he lived in Glasgow, which kind of makes him English – an observation she never tires of making. Kerry’s favourite thing is teaching 8-11 year olds about Jesus in Sunday Club – she has a whistle and isn’t afraid to use it!
Roger staton (finance support)
Roger joined the staff team as a volunteer in June 2011 after taking early retirement from the Civil Service. He and Gussie have 4 sons, two grandsons and a grand-daughter. In the office, Roger looks after the finances and procurement as well as helping out with the organisation of large events. Outside the office, Roger sings with Adoramus, and is a trustee of the Asaph Christian Trust, both of which aim to proclaim the gospel through words and music. He also enjoys walking and spending time in France.
The trustees of St John’s Downshire Hill are lay members of the congregation who are entrusted with oversight of the church governance and staffing. They are: