St Pauls Dorking


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Staff Team


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

Alex Cacouris - Associate Vicaralex head and shoulders

We are delighted that Rev'd Alex Cacouris will be Licensed at St Paul's on Wednesday 18th December as 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. 



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



Emily Lissaman - Worship Pastor 

Emily Lissaman has recently joined the team at St Paul's as our Worship Pastor.  She is married to Chris, a graphic designer, and they are both looking forward to getting settled into our church family and living in the Surrey Hills. 

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

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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 (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

Jeff Yelland

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

Andy Thompson

Andy Thompson - Youth Pastor

We are delighted to be welcoming Andy to our team.  He will join us in Sept on a part-time basis.

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Sue Swain Fossey – Interim Operations Manager

 Sue is working for 6 months as our Interim Ops Manager. She knows the church inside out! Sue can be contacted on

This role will be advertised later in the year.  If this is a role that might interest you, please either contact Sue or Vicar Ruth for further info/informal conversation.

Graham Everness - Licensed Lay MinisterGraham Everness LLM pic

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

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


Rowena new April 18Rowena Birch - Parish Administrator

Rowena joined the staff team in 2017 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 - 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. 

Facilities Manager - Vacancy                                                                                                                                         

We are recruiting - if you are interested in this role - please contact our Operations Manager -

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:

  • Paul Studley & Ian Poole, Church Wardens

  • Dawn Lucas, 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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