Staff Team

The parish has a Staff Team who share the ministry of the parish. Some members are ordained (wear a dog collar) others are lay people (not ordained) but who have been trained and had their gifts formally recognised and authorised by the Bishop. We are committed to safeguarding children and adults who may be at risk. You can read our policy here.

Vicar – The Reverend Nicholas Cooper

Nicholas was appointed in December 2015. He is responsible for the church’s worship and mission in the parish.

Pioneer Minister – The Reverend Sue Vallente-Kerr

Sue spends much of her time in the community looking at new ways for groups to ‘be Church’. Sue is also Chaplain to the local Air Cadets.

Readers – Judith Armitt and Carole Morrad

Readers are licenced by the Bishop to preach and lead worship. Judith is a lay Canon of Rochester Cathedral and chairs the Diocesan Board of Finance. Carole is additionally licenced to conduct funerals and she co-ordinates the parish emergency prayer chain.

Evangelists – Sue Jones, Derek King and Anne Maillardet

Evangelists share the good news of God’s love by word and deed in our community. Sue is our Parish Administrator and also a Diocesan Vocations Advisor. Derek is currently serving as one of our Churchwardens and is a longstanding cub pack leader. Anne is a lay chaplain at Abbey Court School which will shortly be relocating to the parish.

Pastoral Assistant – Jackie Baldwin

Jackie is authorised as our Pastoral Assistant. She leads the Pastoral Team who, together with the Vicar care for those who are in hospital, nursing homes and housebound.

Licensed Preacher – Aziza Kilmister

Aziza is licensed by the Bishop to preach in our parish.


Jill Payne and Derek King are our Churchwardens for 2016-17. They are the Bishop’s Officers and in law are responsible for the fabric of the church and supporting the Vicar in mission and ministry of the parish.