Joe Dent

Rector

I’m glad I was brought up in a home where Christianity was important to our family life – it paved the way for a personal faith in Christ which I really grew up into while I was university, where I studied science. The science didn’t last long, and soon after university I changed tack and became a vicar. As Rector of St. Andrew’s my main job is to keep Jesus front and centre in everything we do and to help people get to grips with him. I’m married to Catherine, we have four school-age kids. Silence is a rare and precious commodity in life at the moment, so when I stumble across it I read a book!

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Leon Sim

Team Vicar

I’m married to Steph, and we’ve been blessed with three children: Ellie, Zacchery and Zoe! Although having some responsibilities at St. Andrew’s, I’m primarily based at St. Paul’s, Stonehouse. I feel privileged to be serving the congregation there, and I enjoy telling both Christians and non-Christians about Jesus from the Bible. I’m excited about how Jesus might build His Church through us as we seek to learn from Him and put His teachings into practice on a day to day basis.

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Tim Partridge

Curate

I grew up going to church but only placed my faith in Jesus as my Saviour when a friend read Mark’s Gospel with me during my time at university in Bath.  I spent four years teaching secondary school Maths after some church ministry experience, before training for ordained ministry and arriving at St Andrew’s.  My role as curate is to enjoy Jesus and help others to do the same!  Along with my wife Abby and our growing family, I enjoy exploring the countryside and coastline, especially those places with a National Trust tea room!

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Phil Cairns

CURATE

I grew up in a Christian home in Northern Ireland, but for a long time I was convinced that Christianity was nothing more than a negative and restrictive moralistic lifestyle choice. It wasn’t until my late teens that I discovered I had got Christianity all wrong – it wasn’t just another way to live, it was a call to know Jesus and to be in a living, life-giving relationship with him! After studying Biochemistry at university in Belfast, I spent a few years working there before I finally made my way across the Irish Sea to be trained for ordained ministry in London – after which I moved to Plymouth to serve at St. Andrew’s! I’m married to Gillian and in my spare time I enjoy supporting Liverpool FC, reading murder mystery novels, and being a bit snobby about coffee.

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Beccy Davies

Outreach Worker

I came to Christ having had my third child, worrying about death and what I believed. I did a Christianity Explored course and understood for the first time what Jesus achieved for me on the cross and in His resurrection. A hunger for knowing His Word followed! I did a Performing Arts degree at Middlesex University followed by PGCE in Cambridge, and taught music in various secondary schools in Plymouth before stopping to have children. I am the Women’s Worker at St. Andrews and involved in leading women’s Bible studies, the Gospel Community Choir and the Recovery Course for addiction. I love music and attempting to raise our 5 children with my husband Andrew.

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Matt Thompson

Children's Worker

My friend invited me to a course called Christianity Explored, we ate a meal together and explored the claims of Jesus Christ. I found that I trusted who Jesus claimed to be and that He died for me, from that moment on my life changed forever. I did Outdoor Adventure and Management at University, while at uni I was working on and off as a building labourer. After my degree finished I spent a year training and working at an outdoor centre in Exeter. Here at St. Andrew’s I am the Children’s Worker, which means among other things I run the kids groups at church and the outreach to a couple of local schools. I have a very lovely wife and three small people. I love being active, playing any sport, exploring new places taking my kayak and canoe out.

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Josh Yates

Youth Worker
I grew up in a Christian family and put my trust in Jesus on a summer camp when I was 13, though my personal relationship with God grew significantly while I was at University. I work with the 10-18 year olds at St. Andrew’s. I love showing people what the Bible says about who God is and how he changes lives, particularly over (good) coffee. I’m married to Ellie and we have two children and three chickens. I enjoy woodwork and cooking. 
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Alex Hurdle

Student Worker

I grew up coming to St. Andrew’s, but it wasn’t until I went to university in Manchester that I came to faith and knew what it means to follow Jesus. I then went on to work in the rail industry for a couple of years before joining the staff team at St. Andrew’s in 2016. I’m responsible for our student group, Roots – I really love opening up the Bible with others and seeing the Lord at work in their lives. I enjoy spicy curries and classic 80s action movies.

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Tom Banks

Ministry Assistant

I first heard the good news about Jesus as a teenager, when a friend invited me to a youth group. Over several years, through lots of questions, and patient older Christians, God opened my eyes to the love and grace shown in Jesus’ sacrifice for us, and I put my trust in him in my first year of uni. I studied in Exeter, where I then worked with students, before doing the same in Turkey for a bit. Here at St. Andrew’s, I’ll be helping with the youth work as a Ministry Assistant, and I’m excited to grow in knowing Jesus and sharing Him with others! I find joy in anything creative or active, and quality time with friends.

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Beth Evans

Ministry Assistant

I grew up attending church, but it was a while before I grasped that being a Christian meant more than sitting through a Sunday service or showing up to youth group. In my first year at camp, the Gospel was explained to me in a way that made sense at I understood. Knowing the love He had for me, I gave my heart to Jesus and despite life being full of ups and downs, He remains my constant comfort and ultimate source of joy! It was during my late teens that I began taking my faith seriously and seeking to know Jesus better. I have recently graduated from Plymouth University and am so excited so be part of the St. Andrew’s team this year and working with the children and students among our church family. Despite my Cornish heritage I have a lot of love for this city (especially as it means that I am always near the sea and only a stone’s throw from Dartmoor) but also for its people and am desperate to see Jesus move in the lives of those who don’t yet know Him.

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Debbie Marsh

OFFICE MANAGER

I became a Christian at 17, and 4 years later joined St. Andrew’s where I was warmly welcomed. I was encouraged in my faith and was supported to grow into a deeper understanding of what it meant to have Jesus in my life and how I could practically serve him. I now work as the church administrator and supporting the midweek Holy Communion Service. I have two wonderful grown up young people and in my spare time work as an ice skating coach.

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Laura Rimmer

Administrator

I grew up singing in a church choir but didn’t really understand the Gospel until later in life, when the Lord Jesus graciously saved me from false spirituality and my own self-sufficiency!

I have run my own health and nutrition business and website for 12 years and have been really pleased to also take on the role as church administrator alongside Debbie for part of the week. It’s great to be more actively involved in serving our Lord at St. Andrew’s.

I enjoy walking, running, reading and writing and have a heart to reach people with the Good News of Jesus.

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Jonathan Hurdle

Director of Music

I became a Christian after a weekend away with my home group when it became abundantly clear that, although I went to church, there was a lot more to a deep relationship with Jesus than I ever realised. I have my own bookkeeping business; I’m the conductor of the Plymouth University Orchestra; and I work with other musical groups in the city. I’m the Director of Music at St. Andrew’s, coordinating the music at the 3 Sunday services as well as the various civic and other services through the year; putting together the summer recital series; and having a general oversight of anything musical that happens in the church. My wife, Alison, and I were married at St. Andrew’s in 1986 and we have 5 adult children. When I have the time I enjoy a leisurely walk on Dartmoor or along a coast path, eating out and holidays.

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Phil Harley

Caretaker

I grew up in the services as from the age of 18 to 55 with the Commando Forces, most of the time in the Royal Citadel and came to St. Andrew’s on retirement from there. I have been the Caretaker for the church building and the Abbey Hall since, ensuring that the place is kept in one piece and the toilets are kept supplied with towels. I have been married to Sharon for 35 years and have two sons, Shaun 34 and Michael 32. We live in Peverell with our lurcher, Spyda. In my spare time I do woodcarving and sing with the local La La Choir.

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Mac Forsyth

Church Warden

Having been a regular churchgoer until late teens, I drifted away, but came to know Jesus about 30 years ago by attending church with my wife, already a Christian, and at last recognising who Jesus is. At Liverpool University I read English and French, took a PGSE and became a schoolmaster, moving to Plymouth in 1966. I am a Reader (now PTO) at St. Andrew’s having first been licensed in Malawi, Africa, and for the last few years have been a Churchwarden. Married for over 50 years, I have two grown-up children and seven grandchildren, 4 of whom live in New Zealand. My favourite pastimes are travel and reading historical novels.

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Malcolm Prideaux

Church Warden

I became a Christian at the age of 16 at an Arthur Blessit Crusade in Scotland. I am a dentist who currently teaches one day a week at Peninsula Dental School and am an Associate Dean in dentistry for Health Education England in the South West. I am currently Churchwarden and a Mission Partnership Scheme Commitee member. I am married with three grown up sons and one grandchild. I enjoy supporting Plymouth Raiders Basketball team and run to keep fit.

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Pauline Arkle

Treasurer

A wife, mother and grandmother – I have been part of the family of St. Andrew’s since 1977. I am now retired, after a career in education teaching maths. I consider it a privilege to use my gifts in the capacity of Stewardship Recorder and Treasurer, enjoying the contact it brings with meeting people and the challenge of IT and numbers. Serving as a Minster Maid and in Noah’s Ark enables me to draw alongside all ages and hopefully share my love for Jesus.

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Paul Colman

Reader

I was brought up in a Christian home and I’ve always had a particular interest in mission since going out with my mother at 3 years old. I’ve been a lay reader at St. Andrew’s for over 37 years, which involves making pastoral home visits and conducting funerals. I’m also the chair of the St. Andrew’s mission committee. I have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and I enjoy walking and football.

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David Huntley

Reader

I was brought up in a Christian home in Somerset and became a Christian at the age of 10 during a Church Army mission to my village. I spent most of my career teaching and researching on the physics of the oceans, in universities first in Canada and then in Plymouth, and I am now retired as an Emeritus Professor of Plymouth University. At St. Andrew’s I am a Reader, so preach and lead services from time to time as well as helping produce the Fisherman magazine. I head up the local branch of Christians in Science which puts on public lectures two or three time a year on issues relating to science and Christianity. Marjorie and I have two children, who both went to Fish Shop, and six grandchildren. In the spare time I enjoy playing music and cycling (gently!).

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