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 (ASSOCIATE minister)

headshots-afterschool club-13Born and raised in Letchworth Garden City, Andy was blessed to grow up hearing about Jesus from a young age. 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 as a minister here at St. John’s. Alongside the privilege of preaching God’s Word, he enjoys reading the Bible one-to-one with people from both congregations. He is married to Hannah, and they have two children – Chloe, and Caleb.


Vacancy (youth & children’s worker

Kerry Jones (administrator)

IMG_2915Kerry 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)

headshots-afterschool club-20Roger 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:

John Lawson

Gareth Burns

Alex Chitra

David Choi

Mary Wenham