Please do get in touch or come and say ‘hello’.  Our wonderful team of staff and volunteers would be delighted to help and welcome you to St Luke’s.

If you would like to play your part and serve in our church family please contact any member of the team.

If you think God may be calling you to join our team, please take a look at our jobs page to see if we have any vacancies.

Core Team

Our core team comprising paid staff and committed volunteers support the Senior Leadership in the day to day running of the Church, meeting weekly for prayer and planning.
Hiya! I’m Abs, and I have the privilege of being St Luke’s Church Administrator. I moved to Maidstone with my husband Ryan and toddler Samuel in 2020. We joined St Luke’s in 2021 and I joined the core team here later that year. It’s been non-stop ever since and I love it! It’s so exciting to be part of a growing, spirit led church where God is on the move and at work in people’s lives.
Favourite Food: Lasagne, cake or milk chocolate Favourite Tipple: Hot chocolate Favourite Sport: Spinning or swimming Favourite Space: The beach!

Abs Oxley

Church Administrator

I’m Brad and I’m a Lay Minister at St Luke’s. I am excited to be part of all that God is doing here and it is a privilege to join in with His mission in Maidstone and beyond. I am passionate about seeing people equipped to live their ordinary everyday lives in the power of the Holy Spirit so that others can come to know the transforming love of God. For my day job, I head up HR Services for the C of E. I’m married to Esther with two human daughters and a Labrador fur-baby.
Favourite food: Indian Favourite tipple: A glass of Malbec or a real ale Favourite sport: Does dog-walking count!? Favourite space: The Algarve

Brad Cook

Licensed Lay Minister

Could this be you? We are recruiting now. Apply by 29 June 2023

Children and Families Pastor

Children and Families Pastor

Hello, I am Clare and I have the privilege of serving St Luke’s, coordinating Pastoral care. Dave and I arrived in St Luke’s in July 1988 with our young family and have seen many changes over the 30 odd years that St Luke’s has been our spiritual home. When our children did not need me so much I went to train at Canterbury as an ALM studying Ministry and Theology for two years and have been involved with pastoral care ever since. We love getting our extended family together, it’s such fun!
Favourite Food: Paella cooked by our middle son Favourite Tipple: Gin and tonic with ice and lemon Favourite sport: Rugby and athletics Favourite space: Lindisfarne or Holy Island in Northumberland

Clare Torrens

Assistant Pastor

Hi there! My name’s Gareth and I have the joy of leading the church family at St. Luke’s. I moved to Maidstone with my family during lockdown in Aug 20. We love the church family at St. Luke’s and look forward to you joining us on God’s kingdom adventure.
Favourite Food: Indian Curry Favourite Tipple: Red Wine or Craft beer. Favourite Sport: Football Favourite Space: Polzeath Beach, Cornwall

Gareth Dickinson


Hi! My name's Gemma and I have the pleasure of heading up our youth team here at St Luke's and helping our young people come to faith. I’ve been coming to St Luke's since 2011 and have worked with our young people since 2014. I love working with our young people and helping them to explore, share and grow their faith in Jesus. We have lots of fun along the way.
Favourite Food: Cake Favourite Tipple: Raspberry Lemonade Favourite Sport: Rugby Favourite Space: York or at my desk doing craft projects

Gemma Levett

Youth Team Leader

Hollie will be joining us on 2nd July 2023

Hollie Butler


Hi! My name is Mandy. I have the privilege of being the finance and bookings manager. I love crunching numbers. I have been coming to St. Luke's for donkeys years! I am married to Spencer and we have two children who have both flown the nest. Favourite Food: Vegetables Favourite Tipple: Craft IPA Favourite Sport: Tour de France Favourite Space: Isle of Wight

Mandy Parris

Finance and Bookings Manager

Hi! I’m Melanie and I have been at St Luke’s since 1987 when I joined with Clive and our young children. It’s great to be part of a growing church family and exciting to see what happens next!
Favourite food: Lasagne Favourite tipple: White wine Favourite sport: Tennis Favourite space: Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

Melanie Williams

Church Warden

Hello! I'm Phil. I joined the staff team in Mar 23 as Operations Manager. I'm also exploring ordination in the Church of England and am on the preaching & leading team and worship team here at St. Luke's. I am married to Robyn, the Worship & Creative Pastor, and together we have two children and a dog to look after!
Favourite food: Curry Favourite tipple: Corona Favourite sport: Surfing (in my dreams!) Favourite space: Beach

Phil Trainer

Operations Manager

I’ve loved being part of the St Luke’s family most of my life, firstly with my parents as a child (it helped that we lived next door to the then Vicarage!) and then with my own family. After a Career in Local Government I had the joy of being ordained in 2002.
Favourite Food: Lasagne Favourite Tipple: Sherry, or the Houston’s Apple Juice Favourite Sport: Eating chocolate Favourite Space: Lyme Regis, Dorset

Robin Williamson


Hey everyone! I'm Robyn. I joined the staff team here as Worship & Creative Pastor in summer 2022. I am loving being a part of the St Luke's family, encouraging us all in worship of our amazing God. I am one half of a pair of Trainers with my husband Phil. We have two incredible children and a scruffy dog called Rufus.
Favourite food: Curry Favourite tipple: G&T Favourite sport: Outdoor adventuring Favourite space: Camping in the UK

Robyn Trainer

Worship & Creative Pastor

My name's Susan Ghinn. After many years of serving St Luke's as Treasurer I now have the privilege  of serving  as Team Chaplain. We moved to Maidstone and St Luke's in 1988. 10 years later we moved, first to Rio de Janeiro for 3 years, then various other places. We returned to Maidstone, where we have family and St Luke's in 2012 when Edward retired.
Favourite Food: Apple pie and chocolate. Maybe not together, but I'll have the chocolate after the pie!! Favourite Tipple: Red wine Favourite Sport: Pilates (I don't do sport) Favourite Space: Norfolk

Susan Ghinn

Team Chaplain

Hi, I’m Tony, and I have been at St Luke's since 1979 and a churchwarden since 2012. In real life I am a Town Planner. It is exciting to see St Luke's growing and expanding as it develops its mission to the community and build up the fellowship.
Favourite Food: Chocolate Favourite Tipple: Real ale Favourite Sport: Skiing Favourite Space: Rochester Forest

Tony Chadwick

Church Warden

Could this be you? We are recruiting now. Apply by 22 June 2023

Youth Pastor

Youth Pastor


The PCC has the responsibility together with the Vicar to promote in the parish the whole mission of the Church, sharing leadership of the parish so that we all play our part in God’s mission and ministry. Each member of the PCC is a trustee of St Luke’s Maidstone charity. Membership includes clergy licensed to the parish, churchwardens, elected representatives on diocesan and deanery synods, and 9 parish representatives.