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”.

Tom Watts (Senior minister)

Tom came to faith in Jesus when he was in the sixth form at school. He is married to Sue and they have two children. Tom was once a maths teacher in a North London boys’ comprehensive school, but for the last ten years or so has been in full time church leadership, working as an assistant minister first in Winsford, Cheshire and more recently in Chesham, Bucks. In his spare time he enjoys finding opportunities to sing and play the trombone.


Andy Palmer (ASSOCIATE minister)

headshots-afterschool club-13Born and raised in Letchworth, 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 an assistant minister 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 preaching God’s Word, he enjoys reading the Bible one-to-one with individuals. He is married to Hannah, and has two children – Chloe, and Caleb.


David Ashman (church worker)

David grew up in Harrow, north west London, and was raised in a loving Christian Family. He came to faith in the Lord Jesus as a boy, and his faith was cemented through his university years. He studied Chemistry at the University of Cambridge for 4 years, and then stayed in Cambridge for a year to work as a Church Apprentice for St Andrew the Great. He loves hill walking and he’s a keen chess player, happy to give anyone a game.


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 four sons, two grandsons and two grand-daughters. 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