St Pauls Dorking


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Staff Team

Staff Vacancies

We currently have 3 vacancies arising at St Paul's - our Worship Pastor is leaving due to becoming ordained, we have a Youth Pastor vacancy, and our Operations Manager is retiring after 17 years in the role. Please see below for details of the roles and how to apply.  The vicar, Ruth Bushyager, warmly welcomes any informal expressions of interest - simply email

Worship Pastor & Youth Pastor

At St Paul’s church our vision is to be a growing community of grace, with every member becoming increasingly courageous for Christ.  We desire to grow numerically and in depth of discipleship, living in authentic community with each other and for each member to go deeper into the riches of God’s grace in Christ Jesus.  To help us to see our vision become a reality, we are seeking to appoint a Worship Pastor & Youth Pastor.  This is shown here as one combined role, but there is significant flexibility - it may be offered as two separate roles - please see details under ‘remuneration’. 

In our contemporary worship music ministries, we aspire to excellence and authenticity,  with modern worship that is accessible to newcomers and that helps to lead people into encountering God in our services and expressing heartfelt worship of Him.  The Worship & Youth Pastor will be an experienced worship leader, leading a large team of gifted contemporary musicians, and will serve alongside our Choir Director who oversees our traditional musical worship. 

St Paul’s church has a thriving ministry and mission among children and young people, which is overseen by our full time Youth & Children’s Minister.  The Worship & Youth Pastor will serve especially to build on the recent development of thriving new midweek older youth ministry at St Paul’s, and monthly discipleship meetings for teenage girls.

Role Description

Staff: As a member of St Paul’s staff team, the Worship & Youth Pastor will contribute to wider church ministry and mission, planning and implementation of our 'vision' and Mission Action Plan.  They will serve in line with the St Paul’s staff team vision, values and code of conduct attached below.

This role is subject to enhanced DBS checks.

Worship:  Core responsibilities:

  • To lead and develop all aspects of contemporary worship at St Paul’s in line with our church vision and Mission Action Plan,
  • To lead worship regularly at the 10.30 and 6.30 services on Sundays, at festivals & events
  • To train and mentor new and existing musicians, especially focussed on the rising generation.  
  • To provide pastoral and administrative support to musicians, sound and visuals teams.
  • Oversee the recruitment, training and management of the sound and visual teams.
  • Oversee maintenance of band and sound equipment including budget management
 Youth:  Core responsibilities:
  • To disciple young people at St Paul’s to become mature followers of Christ, to lead others in that calling, and to equip young people to be disciples who disciple others.
  • To be a leader in mission to reach local young people and see them come to faith in Christ.
  • With the CYM Minister, to lead and grow the team of volunteer youth ministers
  • To provide appropriate pastoral care of young people at St Paul’s
  • To work with the Safeguarding Team to maintain the highest standards of Safeguarding practice across the full breadth of children and youth ministries at St Paul’s church
  • To support parents and wider church family in the spiritual nurture of young people
  • To work effectively with others towards the sound financial and administrative management of the CYM department and its resources
Personal Characteristics:

We are looking to appoint someone who

  • has deep, personal faith in Jesus and a desire to grow as His disciple.
  • is an excellent team-player who is humble, enthusiastic, resilient, proactive, and emotionally intelligent.
  • is well-grounded in Scripture, good at communicating in a range of contexts - including to large gatherings and one-to-one
  • can evidence experience of fruitful spiritual leadership, worship leading, pastoral care and ministry with both adults and young people.
  • is committed to raising up disciples of all ages, especially teenagers and young adults
  • is a natural evangelist who can communicate faith compellingly and appropriately
  • has strong organisational and administrative skills
  • will guard and grow their own relationship with Christ, including the disciplines of prayer, bible study, rest and self-care

There is flexibility of the role, hours, and pay - and informal expressions of interest are highly welcome, where this flexibility can be explored.  The role is envisaged to be Part Time: 28 hours per week (£12.50 per hour / £18,200 per year) with a flexible start date - from June 2019.  1 year contract with possibility of extension.  Term-time only contract a possibility.  It is possible to split the roles into one Worship Pastor and one Youth Pastor role.  It is also possible for this to be a suitable role for an Ordinand on a distance-learning / mixed-mode/ context-based training course.  We are happy to explore housing options.

Please contact the vicar, Rev’d Ruth Bushyager, on to arrange an informal conversation.

The role comes with

  • Reimbursable ministry expenses
  • Pension
  • Freedom to supplement income with other part time work
  • Potential for theological education paid for by the church and ongoing professional development including leadership training and coaching.
  • 4 weeks annual leave, as well as rest periods after Christmas and Easter, and bank holidays

Application :
To express an interest, chat through the roles, or to apply - please email the vicar on . Application deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 16th April, with shortlisting on Weds 17th. Interviews will happen on Weds 24th April.  Start date is flexible from June 2019 onwards, depending on circumstances.

Operations Manager

Operations Manager: Our Operations Manager is retiring at Easter after 17 years in the role. We are not formally recruiting yet, but informal expressions of interest are very welcome. We aim to recruit for this post during the summer of 2019.

St Paul's Dorking – Staff and ministry team vision and values

Church Vision: to be a growing community of grace, increasingly courageous for Christ.  

Staff Team Vision:

  •         To further the mission of the church
  •         To cultivate high levels of trust, value, vision and joy – together and in the teams we lead
  •         To model to the congregation the power of close, gracious, accountable Christian partnership
  •         To support each other in our different ministries, especially through prayer
  •         To help each other walk closely with our Lord Jesus and become more like Him

Staff Values

1.       We will be real with each other, working to live in open, transparent friendship, slow to judge, eager to listen, and quick to forgive.
2.       We will not allow conflict to go underground
3.       We will respect the absolute privacy of anything confidential discussed at staff level
4.       We will not express criticism or be negative about a member of the team to someone else. Where there is genuine concern we will address it to the person or refer it to the Vicar
5.       Attendance at staff meetings and staff prayers will be our first priority as a mark of our commitment to each other
6.       We will pledge to uphold the highest standards of integrity in our ministry and personal lives – especially in relation to financial matters, sexual conduct, and the use of power.
7.       We will value the diversity of personality and styles of ministry in the team
8.       We will safeguard the right to express a genuine difference of opinion without endangering mutual respect
9.       We will always support the decisions made at staff level even when it has not been possible to attain unanimity on an issue
10.   We will receive critique without rancour
11.   We will be willing to take appropriate risks as a team
12.   We will not regard something that is ultimately unsuccessful as simply a personal failure but an opportunity to learn and grow
13.   We will ensure proper time is given for rest and regular refreshment
14.   We will not envy or foster insecurity over each other’s gifts or strengths, neither will we exploit each other’s weaknesses
15.   We will not put negative emotional content in emails – but will talk when difficulties arise.
16.   We will respect boundaries in relation to personal space and family life.


There are 20 paid staff at St Paul's, and 5 people on the staff team who volunteer their time. 

Rev'd Ruth Bushyager - Vicar

RuthBushyager-7Ruth became the Vicar of St Paul's in 2014. She is married to Ron and they have two young daughters. Prior to being ordained, Ruth worked in the Cabinet Office 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 Chaplain & 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 with their dog. 

Ruth can be found on twitter @RBushyagersally hulbert

You can email her direct on

Ruth's PA is Sally Hulbert - you can email her on

Associate Vicar

We are delighted that Rev'd Alex Cacouris will be arriving at St Paul's in the summer of 2019 to become our Associate Vicar. Alex and his wife Jane have three young children, and the family has been serving as CMS mission partners in Rio, Brazil, for the last 3 years. Prior to that, Alex served his curacy at St Stephen's church in Twickenham. 

Rev'd Peter Nevins - Curate

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Peter became the Curate at St Paul's in September 2016, having 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, fostering, sport, hospitality and great coffee.

You can email Peter direct on

Tom Hill - Worship Pastor

tom hillTom 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. As well as the growing team of contemporary musicians at St Paul's, Tom also leads our sound and audio visual teams. You can find Tom on Twitter @p_chill80 or contact him direct at 

Worship Pastor Vacancy

From June 2019 we will have a vacancy for a Worship Pastor. The vicar would warmly welcome any expressions of interest from anyone seeking an informal conversation. Please contact  This may be for a full or part time post, and is also open to someone training for ordination at St Mellitus Theological college and seeking a placement church.  


Steve Henwood - Children’s & 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

Oli Fricker

Oli Fricker - Ordinand

Oli joined the team in 2018 following a career in financial strategy in London. He is married to Natacha and they have two small children. Oli is training for ordination at St Mellitus Theological College in London. His responsibilities at St Paul's include children's ministry and schools work, serving to support our neighbouring churches, and leading our Finance Team as the church treasurer. 

You can contact Oli on

Penny Barker – Operations Manager


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

Rev'd Jeff Yelland - Associate Minister (Retired)

Jeff Yelland

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

Rev'd Jenny Firth - Assistant Minister

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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 (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

Graham Everness - Licensed Lay Minister

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Graham has lived in Dorking and worshipped at St Paul's ever since leaving university.  He has spent his working life as a pensions actuary but is now approaching his own retirement.  In anticipation of that he enrolled on the Diocese's three-year training course and became a Licensed Lay Minister in 2018. 
Over the years Graham has undertaken a variety of roles within the church, from running the Pathfinder group for 11s-14s to leading services in a care home.  He is also currently the Lay Chairman of Dorking Deanery Synod and one of its representatives on the Diocesan Synod.  
Graham's interests include playing and watching sport, outdoor photography and song-writing.  He and and his wife Alison have two grown-up daughters and a grandson. 

Nicola Glass - Communications Coordinator

Nicola Glass

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


Rowena new April 18Rowena 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 and she leads our Early Bird Cafe ministry. 

Rowena's email is

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

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Alison has been serving on our team since 2016 in a host of ways - administering the church council, the children and youth work, and also on the finance team. She is married to Graham, who is a Licensed Lay Minister, and they have two adult daughters. You can contact Alison on


Tian Tian Hu, Caretaker

Tian Tian joined the team in 2017 as our Caretaker, working part-time to help ensure all our rooms are set up just right for the life of our busy parish centre. 

Ashwani Stevens, Facilities Manager                                                                                                                                          ash

Ashwani joined the team in 2018 to oversee the upkeep of the church properties.  He liaises with a variety of contractors and volunteers to ensure our buildings are safe and well maintained.  Ash works part time and can be contacted on

Steve Moggs, Health & Safety Officer


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Working part time, Steve has recently joined our team with responsibilities for all things related to Health and Safety.
Steve can be contacted at


helendaHelena 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. Helen is always pleased to welcome new members to the choir so don't hesitate to be in touch! You can contact Helena via

Tanya King, Headteacher of St Paul's Church Nursery 



Tanya has led our Ofsted Outstanding church nursery since 2014. Our nursery is on site in purpose built rooms opened in 2014, and Tanya leads a dedicated staff team of qualified Early Years practitioners. The team includes Gill the Nursery Administrator and Tara the Nursery Bookkeeper. Do explore the nursery's own website or be in touch with any queries. 

Jacqui Moulder, Deputy Head of St Paul's Nursery


Jacqui has been Deputy Head of our nursery since 2014 and, after a career in teaching older children, 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!

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:

  • Jon Ruddock & Ian Poole, Church Wardens

  • Ruth Cornish, Head of Pastoral Assistants Team

  • Lawrence Comber, Head of Prayer

  • 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

To contact any of the above, please email or call 01306 743378



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