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

Associate Vicar

We are excited to be recruiting for a full time Associate Vicar to join the team in 2019.

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 alongside a team seeking to develop and oversee a diverse, 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, complete with large flares and a giant afro wig.

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)

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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. His music tastes are eclectic, ranging from Eric Clapton to Andre Bocelli and he has a special place in his heart for Mozart’s Requiem - you can ask him why when you meet him.
Jeff's email is

Rev'd Jenny Firth - Assistant Minister

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Jenny has lived in Dorking and 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


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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 (he is a keen follower of Kent cricket but usually only 'online'), outdoor photography (but definitely no selfies!) and song-writing.  He and and his wife Alison have two grown-up daughters whom they catch up with as often as they can.

Nicola Glass - Communications Coordinator

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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


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Rowena 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 as 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 LM Emeritus

  • Sue Beckett, Baptisms Coordinator

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



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