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Staff Team

Rev'd Ruth Bushyager - Vicar

RuthBushyager-7Rev'd Ruth Bushyager became the vicar of St Paul's in December 2014. 

Ruth 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 ruth@stpaulsdorking.org.uk

Ruth's PA is Sally Hulbert - you can email her on vicars.pa@stpaulsdorking.org.uk


Rev'd Peter Nevins - Curate

Peter became the Curate at St Paul's in September 2016, havingPeter Nevins IMG2398 trained 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 peter@stpaulsdorking.org.uk


Tom Hill - Worship Pastor

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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

You can find Tom on Twitter @p_chill80 or contact him direct at tom@stpaulsdorking.org.uk 




Rev'd Jeff Yelland - Associate Minister (Retired)


Ordained later in life, following a career as a Consulting Engineer, JeffJeff Yelland 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 seven 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 jeff@stpaulsdorking.org.uk


jennyRev'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 jenny@stpaulsdorking.org.uk





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 steve@stpaulsdorking.org.uk


Penny Barker – Operations Managerpenny

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 ops@stpaulsdorking.org.uk


    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 comms@stpaulsdorking.org.uk

    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 parishadmin@stpaulsdorking.org.uk

Other key members of the team are:

Ruth Cornish, Head of Pastoral Care

Lawrence Comber, Head of Prayer

John Arnold, Head of Social Justice Ministries
Sylvia Yelland, Home Groups Coordinator

anya King, Headteacher of St Paul's Nursery

Laura Parker, Chair of Nursery Management Committee

Jon Ruddock an
d Ian Poole, Church Wardens

Chris Ellis, Treasurer and leader of our Finance Team

Alison Everness, PCC Secretary, Finance Team, and Youth & Children Administrator

Anna Mercer, Safeguarding Team Leader

Graham Everness, LLM in training

Nigel Catterall, Verger

Sue Beckett, Baptisms Coordinator

To contact any of the above, please email reception@stpaulsdorking.org.uk or call 01306 743378