Team

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!
(Staff)

Abs Oxley

Church Administrator

Hi, I'm Barbara and I am married to John. We moved to Maidstone in February 2018, to be closer to our youngest daughter and help with our grandson, while I was completing Reader Training at Sarum College, Salisbury. We have been at St. Luke's Church since April 2023 and are pleased to have found our spiritual home. I enjoy the passionate worship; the love shown for our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and the love shown for each other.
Favourite Food: Roast dinners and Fish dishes. Favourite Tipple: Red wine. Favourite Sport: I used to play tennis; and still enjoy watching matches. Also football, so I am able to have some understanding of John and our grandchildren's favourite sport! Favourite Space: In the countryside.
(Volunteer)

Barbara Lewis

Trainee Distinctive Deacon

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
(Volunteer Lay Minister)

Clare Torrens

Licensed Lay Minister

Donella joined our team in Spring 2024 as Church Warden. Bio coming soon.
(Volunteer)

Donella McGill

Church Warden

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
(Clergy)

Gareth Dickinson

Vicar

Hi! I'm Gemma, and I have the pleasure of serving St Luke's, coordinating events we do. I joined St Luke's in 2011 when my now husband invited me to join him after me saying I was looking for a new church. St Luke's has been my spiritual home since, and I co-ordinated youth work for a number of years. I love planning and organising events that are fun, exciting and bring us together as a church family and draw in the wide community. Its lovely seeing people connect with each and have fun and for some experience God for the first time.
Favourite Food: Cake Favourite Tipple: Raspberry Lemonade Favourite Sport: Rugby Favourite Space: York or at my desk doing craft projects
(Volunteer)

Gemma Levett

Events

Hello! I love to be creative and active, enjoying life in all its fullness! I joined St.Luke's July 2023 as the Curate (Ordained but continuing in training). I am loving it! We are new to Maidstone, my South African husband, our two boys and the dog, who is also a boy! I am out numbered! It's ok, I grew up in a Judo club 🙂 I am passionate about sharing my faith in Jesus, and listening and learning from others and their experience of 'the spiritual life.'
Favourite food: Indian & South African Braai! Favourite tipple: Savana Cider with a slice of lemon Favourite sport: Running and Judo wrestling on the trampoline with my boys! Favourite space: With the family, outside ideally!
(Clergy)

Hollie Butler

Curate

Hi, I'm Immy. I joined the staff team at St Luke's as Youth Pastor in September 2023. I love a silly, competitive game and a peaceful walk in the countryside. I'm married to the wonderful Peter and am proud cat mum to our crazy kitten, Suki!
Favourite Food: chocolate Favourite Tipple: Rum and cola Favourite Sport: Competitive Dobble competitions Favourite Space: Any walk or hike with a good view
(Staff)

Immy Sharp

Youth Pastor

Hi, I’m Josh, production manager for St Luke’s. I am married to the wonderful Kathryn and have two amazing boys Noah and Leo. We joined St Luke’s in 2022 and started to be involved in a mix of teams; sound and youth for me! Since then, I have been helping with the production at St Luke’s, to help all get closer to God in worship and praise!
Favourite food: Sunday roast Favourite Tipple: Tea Favourite Sport: To play, Badminton. To watch, Cricket Favourite Space: Anywhere there is a steam train
(Part-Time Staff)

Josh Graham

Production Manager

Hello! I'm the Children and Families Pastor here at St. Luke's. It's great to be part of such a thriving Church and I'm really excited for what's to come. When I'm not at church, I chase around after my two lively sons with my husband and we spend a lot of time surrounded by trees or Lego. In my spare (!) time I'm exploring Ordination and contemplating whether I'll ever have the motivation or musical skill to learn the ukulele (unlikely.)
Favourite Food: Anything with potatoes Favourite Tipple: Hot chocolate or bitter lemon (depending on the external temperature!) Favourite Sport: Scooting, chasing children and long walks Favourite Space: Being beside the sea...Sheppey or the Seychelles!
(Staff)

Laura Evans

Children and Families Pastor

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
(Staff)

Mandy Parris

Finance and Bookings Manager

Marinus joined the staff as operations manager part-time in December 2023. Bio coming soon.
 
(Part-Time Staff)

Marinus Butler

Operations Manager

Hello! I'm Phil. I am studying as an Ordinand at St Mellitus College with St Luke's as my placement church. I help to oversee Life Groups & Mens Ministry amongst other things. 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
(Clergy In Training)

Phil Trainer

Ordinand

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
(Clergy Volunteer)

Robin Williamson

Clergy

Hey everyone! I'm Robyn. I joined the staff team here as Worship & Creative Pastor in summer 2022. I love 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
(Staff)

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
(Volunteer)

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
(Volunteer)

Tony Chadwick

Church Warden

PCC

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.