We are currently a team of 10 paid staff at St Paul's, along with 8 people on the staff team who volunteer their time.
Alex Cacouris - Vicar
Alex Cacouris joined the team as Associate Vicar in Sept 2019 and as Vicar in May 2021. Alex and his wife Jane have three young children. Before moving to Dorking the family were serving as CMS mission partners in Rio, Brazil, for 3 years. Prior to that, Alex served his curacy at St Stephen's church in Twickenham.
You can contact Alex by emailing him: email@example.com
Becky Taylor - Curate
Becky joined the team in Sept 2020 and writes:
I’m the new curate and I’m really excited about getting to know you all, and learning to serve Jesus and His Church in Dorking! As part of my training I’ll also be doing a placement at St Peter’s hospital in Chertsey during the week, where I’ll be learning from the Chaplaincy Team. The days when I’ll be a St Paul’s are Tuesdays and Sundays. Before I began training to be a vicar, I studied Geography and so I love being out in the mountains or by the sea, and in the times before Covid – travelling and exploring new places! This summer I’ve enjoyed discovering Dorking, especially learning from Steve where the best sledging spots are – I hope we get snow this winter!
You can contact Becky by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Henwood - Children & Youth Minister
Steve is married to Jo, and has two teenage daughters. After working as a Primary teacher in Kent, and then for a church in Epsom, Steve works at St Paul's leading a team seeking to develop 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. You can contact Steve on email@example.com
Emily Lissaman - Worship Pastor (Maternity Leave)
Emily Lissaman joined the team at St Paul's last year as our Worship Pastor She is married to Chris, a graphic designer, and they are loving living in the beautiful Surrey Hills, having moved here from London.
Emily's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Lucas - Ordinand
Dawn joined the staff team in September 2020 when she started ordination training at St Mellitus Theological College. She serves in a variety of roles at St Paul’s including supporting our team of Lay Pastoral Assistants and Visitors as the Pastoral Care Coordinator, as well as being a Baptism Visitor and Pathfinders Leader. Dawn has attended St Paul’s since 2006 and has two school-age children.
Dawn's email is email@example.com
Rev'd Jenny Firth - Assistant Minister
Jenny has 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 local non-stipendiary 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, gardening, singing, reading and pottering about in the caravan. Jenny has recently taken up golf!
Jenny'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.
Jeff's email is email@example.com
Andy Thompson - Youth Pastor
Andy joined the team in 2019, serving as our Youth Pastor, particularly leading our Wednesday Night Youth gathering, our Sunday Soul Connect group, and encouraging young people across the town to love and share Jesus. Andy is also a classical musician - conducting an orchestra and playing the trumpet whenever the opportunity arises! He is married to Elise, who is a local surveyor and who sings in our worship band.
You can email Andy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Swain Fossey – Operations Manager
Sue has been our Ops Manager since 2019 and having been at St Paul's for many decades, she knows the church inside out!
Sue can be contacted on email@example.com
Graham Everness - Licensed Lay Minister
Graham has lived in Dorking and worshipped at St Paul's ever since leaving university. He has recently retired as a pensions actuary and became a Licensed Lay Minister in 2018. Graham is also the Lay Chairman of Dorking Deanery Synod and a member of the Bishop of Guildford's Council. Graham's interests include playing and watching sport, outdoor photography and encouraging his grandson to explore the world...
Graham can be contacted by email 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
Alison Everness - Finance Team and Youth & Children Administrator
Alison has been serving on our team since 2016 administering the children and youth work, and also as a member of the finance team. She is married to Graham, who is a Licensed Lay Minister, and they have two adult daughters and a grandson.
You can contact Alison on firstname.lastname@example.org
Caretaker - Mick Taylor
Mick joined the team early in 2020, having had his faith in Jesus come alive on our Alpha course the previous year. Mick is married to Elaina and they have a young son Edward.
Steve Moggs, Health & Safety Officer
Working part time, Steve joined our team with responsibilities for all things related to Health and Safety.
Steve can be contacted at email@example.com
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. Helena is always pleased to welcome new members to the choir so don't hesitate to be in touch!
You can contact Helena at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacqui Moulder, Headteacher of St Paul's Church Nursery
Jacqui has led our Ofsted Outstanding church nursery since Easter 2020. After a career in teaching older children, Jacqui 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!
Katie Davies, Deputy Head of St Paul's Nursery
Katie has been Deputy Head of our nursery since Easter 2020.
Our nursery is on site in purpose built rooms opened in 2014, and Jacquie leads a dedicated staff team of qualified Early Years practitioners. The team includes Naomi Bailey the Nursery Administrator and Tara the Nursery Bookkeeper. Do explore the nursery's own website or be in touch with any queries.
For the rest of our wonderful Nursery Staff team please visit our nursery website.
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:
Paul Studley & Sarah Beasley, Church Wardens
Dawn Lucas, Head of Pastoral Assistants Team
Nick & Maggie White, Co-ordiate our Prayer Ministries
John Arnold, Head of Social Justice Ministries
Karen Wheatley, Head of World Church Ministries
Sylvia Yelland, Home Groups Coordinator
Caroline Rose, Reception Coordinator
Ali Studley, Chair of Nursery Management Committee
Anna Mercer, Safeguarding Team Leader
Pat Goode, retired LLM Emeritus
Sue Beckett, Baptisms Coordinator