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Ruth Bradshaw - Mummy & Me

Ruth grew up in Bromley and at the age of 8, after she became a Christian on a Girls Brigade camp, confessed to her mum that she loved Jesus more than her! A moment her mum treasured!! She knew from an early age that Jesus was her Saviour because of his death on the cross for her sins and she knows the importance for young children to learn about Jesus. Ruth, a primary school teacher, moved to Tunbridge Wells over 25 years ago with her husband Andy, and settled very quickly in St John’s Church. They have 5 children - Bethany, Ella, Harry, Rachael and Thomas. Wherever Ruth is, she can be found chatting to people especially while walking her beloved family dog Caspar in the local park. She loves talking about Jesus!

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Jono Chalklin - Associate Minister for Youth

Jono grew up in Tunbridge Wells and is grateful for his Christian upbringing. He is thankful for the youth leaders and friends who patiently taught him about Jesus and why his death matters. Jono joined the staff team in 2016, having previously been Youth Worker at St Alban’s Church, Frant. Jono is married to Gemma and has two boys. He loves sport, burgers, proper coffee, and explaining to young people that the Bible was written so that we may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him we may have eternal life.

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Craig Hudson - Music Director

Craig grew up in Poole, Dorset, and through the witness of many faithful Christians gradually came to understand the amazing forgiveness for sins on offer through Jesus Christ's death. He studied maths and music at St John's College, Cambridge, and previously worked on the staff team at All Souls Church, Langham Place. As well as his responsibilities with the music, Craig is involved in the children's work at St John's. Outside of St John's he is busy as a music teacher, pianist and choral director. He particularly enjoys cricket, Formula 1 and board games.

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Phil Jones - Operations Manager

Phil grew up in a Christian family and he is very grateful for parents who taught him about Jesus from an early age. However, it wasn’t until after university and a period of prolonged sickness that he really began to trust the Lord Jesus as his own personal Saviour. Phil is married to Kate and has two lovely daughters. He enjoys watching sci-fi and taking the dog for long walks in the Kent countryside.

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Ann Keenan - Children's Ministry

Ann was brought up going to church and at 16 her brother took her to a Christian event where she committed to live her life God’s way, not her own. Ann has been involved in the children’s ministry for nearly 6 years. Previously, she led the women’s ministry at St John’s, was the development director of a mission agency, and a city lawyer in London and Tokyo. Ann met her husband Bruce at church in Tokyo and they have 2 teenagers and a cute cat. She loves singing and all things Japanese.

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Aidan and Caroline Lisser - Home Group Coordinators

Aidan and Caroline coordinate the Church Home Groups and can help people who want to join or start a small group. They have been members of the St Johns Church family since 2004, apart from a brief period in Munich. Caroline started her Christian journey as a child and Aidan came to understand and accept the gospel later in life, largely as a result of marrying Caroline! They both work in London part time and live in Tunbridge Wells with their son Jack, who is heading to university. When time permits they like podcasts (Caroline), sport (Aidan) and travelling (both).

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James McLearon - Daddy and Me

James was brought up to go to church, but realised at the age of 10 that he could have a personal relationship with God. He is involved with Daddy and Me at St John's, aware of how much his faith has helped in his role as a father. He met and married his wife Laura at St John's and has three children. He works during the week as a chartered surveyor and enjoys walking, DIY, gardening and playing the ukukele.

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Lauren Moate - Cornhill Student

Lauren is so grateful to have grown up in a Christian home but the penny didn’t really drop for her until she was a teenager. It was at university where she really saw how God uses all kinds of people to make Jesus known and she wanted to be involved! She’s grateful for the opportunity this year to help out with the women’s ministry at St John’s and to study at Cornhill part time. She’s looking forward to growing in love and knowledge of the Lord and serving the church family. In her free time, she loves to paint, catch up with friends or get into an epic movie – Lord of the Rings is the all-time winner.

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Tom Nash - Vicar

Tom is grateful to God he was born to parents who taught him of Jesus' death on the cross as his only hope of forgiveness and eternal life. He grew up going to church in London then Sevenoaks and although professing Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour as a teenager a youth leader pointed him to Romans 10:9 and this was hugely helpful for assurance and in encouraging him to live in line with the gospel. At university, Tom managed not only to pick up a degree or two but also an excellent wife. Tom has been married to Clare for longer than it feels and has a quiver full of three energetic and exhausting boys who keep him and Clare on their toes and on their knees. He loves all sport, most food, and infinitely more importantly loves telling anyone who will listen about Jesus Christ.

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Jonny Pullar - Cornhill Student

Jonny is married to Ruth. They moved to Tunbridge Wells in August 2021. Jonny didn’t grow up as a Christian. But when he was 17 years old, he met Jesus through the Bible. Jonny likes hosting people together with his wife (and enjoys eating her baking!). He has been playing tennis since he was in the womb - imitating his parents.

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Ruth Pullar - Cornhill Student

Ruth had the privilege of growing up in a Christian family but from the age of 13 started getting to know Jesus personally by reading his word. She has returned from 2 years in Italy with her husband Jonny so they can both get to know Jesus better by doing some Bible training at Cornhill. She is also excited to get to know people in Tunbridge Wells and share Jesus with them. Ruth enjoys drinking English tea, chatting, reading, and going on bike rides (not really long ones though!)

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Helen Stone - Church, HR Administrator and Queen of the Maypole

Growing up in Pembury, Helen was invited along to the youth group at Pembury Baptist Church. She then began attending Sunday school and learning about the grace of Jesus Christ, as he died for her sins on the cross. Helen went on to study in London and grew in her faith as she studied God's word during student bible studies. Helen is married to Nathan and enjoys pilates, reading and eating good food.

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Sue Taylor - Receptionist

Sue, originally from Lancashire, is very grateful to her Granny for starting her on her journey of faith. Coming to work in Kent, getting married and then becoming a parent much strengthened and confirmed her belief. Having previously worked in the medical world, she now works as church receptionist Mondays (all day) and Tuesday mornings. She enjoys being outdoors – cycling and dog walking – and also loves crafts and sewing.

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Naomi Vallely - Parish Safeguarding Officer, Sophie Matthews - Deputy Safeguarding Officer

Naomi spent rather an idyllic childhood being brought up in a Gloucestershire rectory and always went to church as she grew up. She responded to teasing at school for being the Rector’s daughter by maintaining that just because following Jesus was part of her father’s job did not mean that it was anything to do with her! She fell further away during her university years and while living abroad, and only began to explore again when her eldest daughter was born, when she felt tremendous gratitude to God. She was hugely comforted about this lost time when her mother pointed out that the Lord was not going to let her go that easily! Naomi became a Christian when quite suddenly she realised that it is all true. Recently retired from TWGGS, she is married to Ian and they have three lovely daughters. She enjoys going on very long walks with friends and dogs, wildlife conservation, baking and, rather unsuccessfully, gardening!

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Jonny Watson - Parish Assistant

Jonny grew up in a Christian family and came through all the church groups. Despite this, it was only as a teenager that Jonny realised Jesus Christ actually existed. Jonny helps groups with their practical needs, thankful to God that he can continue to learn from God's Word and help other people teach and learn as well.

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Richard Watts - Men's Ministry

Richard became a Christian in his mid-forties as a direct result of a neighbour inviting him to guest events at St John's. He later joined a short course which opened up the Gospel in a way which appealed to this practical Civil Engineer and he welcomed Jesus into his life. Richard grew up in Surrey and, together with his wife Sue, lived in Northumberland and Suffolk before moving to Tunbridge Wells. They have two married children - their son Chris and his family are also members of St John's, while their daughter and her family attend church in Bristol. Richard retired after fourteen years working for London Underground and has since taken responsibility for coordinating the Men's Ministry at St John's. Other interests include gardening, DIY and maintaining steam trains!

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Jenny Williams - Associate Minister for Women

Jenny became a Christian during childhood, through hearing and believing the good news of forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ our Lord. Over the years, Jenny has been amazed to see God saving people - as the Bible is read, and Jesus made known. So Jenny is delighted to be opening the Bible with women in Tunbridge Wells. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys swimming, playing the piano and singing, spending time with family and friends, and exploring countryside walks.

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