Ali Bryan is currently one of our Church Wardens and helps oversee the pastoral care system. She is a psychotherapist who works in private practice and caring for priests in the Diocese of Kensington. Ali is passionate about the church being a place of welcome for all those with mental health issues.
Dan Bates (Treasurer) joined St John’s via the Alpha Course in 2013. Dan is a Chartered Accountant working for BP in both their commercial and community endeavours. Dan is married to Sarah and they have two children.
Shakti Sisodia was born into a Hindu/Sikh family but became a Christian over 30 years ago. He is married to Andi and has 3 daughters. He was a member of Kensington Temple (an Elim Pentecostal church) for over 25 years, working there for seven years as the Manager of the International Bible Institute of London; as Executive Assistant to the Senior Minister, Colin Dye; and then heading up its commercial division, Dovewell Communications. He now runs his own recruitment company and brings a wealth of experience in business as well as church leadership – he was a board member and part of the leadership team of Kensington Temple and also Chiswick Christian Centre.
Susan Catcheside Susan Catcheside joined St Johns soon after the church re-opened in 2011. Before then, she and her husband had been a member of a Vineyard church for about 20 years. She works part-time as a solicitor and has 2 daughters.
Roz Hobley works as Media & Communications Manager for charity Malaria No More. She and her husband Marcus joined St Johns in 2014 coming from HTB where Roz ran a Pastorate for three years. Roz spent her early years in Iran where her parents were missionaries during the revolution in the 1970's and they had a powerful and personal experience of God's protection on their lives. Sincejoining St.Johns, Roz has helped out with the Mum'sministry - she and Marcus have two young girls.
Garth Watkins (Churchwarden) adds both church and commercial experience to the Church Council. Garth worked for the Kidde Group for 40 years and served on the PCC of Holy Trinity Brompton for 25 years and on the Synod of the Diocese of London for 6 years. He is an elected member of the Bishop of Kensington’s Area Council. Garth is married to Jane and they have two children in their 20s. As an engineer by training, Garth’s roles are both general church oversight, as well as running our extensive programme of building works.
Steven Bryan (Deputy Chairman & Legal Affairs) adds a depth of church and legal experience to our team. Steve is Partner at Hogan Lovells LLP and has served on the PCC at St Stephen’s Twickenham. Along with Ali, Steve also brings experience of ministry with Jackie Pullinger in Hong Kong and Bangkok. As Deputy Chairman, Steve helps steer our strategic discussions.
Caroline Vaudrey is relatively new to the area and is delighted to join the Church Council. She works in the public sector and has worked overseas in Rwanda (3 yrs) and Thailand (5 yrs). She’s also worked as a fundraiser for a cancer charity and as a forest ranger leading school groups in the Sherwood forest.
Rachel Copsey joined St John’s last summer, after attending HTB Onslow Square and St Mary’s Bryanston Square for many years. Rachel is in her 9th year of teaching and is an Assistant Headteacher at a primary school in Walton on Thames. She moved from London to Surrey after marrying her husband, Phil, in 2014. In December, Rachel and Phil started helping on the St John’s Youth team where they enjoy seeing the young people grow in faith and getting involved in church life.
Paul Freeland joined St John's last year with his wife, Hannah and their 3 daughters. When he's not flying around the world to sort out IT problems, he is based in Walton. Paul is passionate about worship and preaching, he regularly leads worship and preaches at our evening service.
Photography courtesy of Tony Harris