St John's ministry team
Here we introduce the members of the ministry team at St Johns.
Vicar: Sue Wyatt
Sue was ordained in 2000, having trained on the East Anglian Ministerial Training Course. She was Curate, and then Assistant Priest, at St Mary's Church, Over, and All Saints Church, Longstanton. During that time she was also Assistant Adviser for Evangelism and Mission in the Diocese of Ely. She became Vicar of St John's in November 2006 and was made an Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral in January 2010. She is married to David and has three adult children. Her first degree is a Joint Honours in Geography and Geology from the University of Bristol, and she retains her enthusiasm for things geological and geographical. This was followed many years later by an MA in Pastoral Theology.
Curate: Julie Gawthrope
I am one of the curates at St John's, married to Nick, and with two adult sons who live with us in the Parish. We are a sporty family; golf, football and tennis all feature in family life. Before coming to St John's as a curate, I was a teacher at Bar Hill School and worshipped at Bar Hill Ecumenical Church. If you were to ask me what excites me about my ministry, I would speak of how I love getting to know people, walking with others (of all ages) as they grow in faith, sharing the good news of the gospel with people beyond the church, and being amazed at the way God's Holy Spirit is actively at work in the world today bringing God's love and purpose in all areas of life.
Curate: Charles Fraser
Charles, was born in Chipstead, Surrey and educated at Eton, before reading Theology at Exeter University. He trained as at teacher in the University of Cambridge Department of Education and Homerton College. He also holds an MA degree from The Open University in Educational Leadership and Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology. After 5 years teaching at Radley College and Hampton School he returned to The Leys School in 1996 as Head of Divinity, and became Housemaster of North A House in 2001 looking after 60 boys. He trained for the ministry on the part-residential Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC) and was ordained Deacon in 2010 and Priest in 2011. Charles married Livia in 2010 at St. John's.
Honorary Priest: Peter Heslam
Peter is an Assistant Priest at St John's church and is Director of Transforming Business, a project at the University of Cambridge on enterprise solutions to poverty. He is a fellow in the Divinity Faculty and a Senior Member of Trinity College. Peter works closely with economists and business leaders, and is a prolific writer, speaker and researcher in this field. He was attached to St John's as an ordinand in 1993–95, returning in 1999 when he became a lecturer and director of studies in the Cambridge Theological Federation and at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
Honorary Priest: Howard Bigg
I was ordained in 1974. My working life was spent in the legal profession, and I am therefore a non-stipendiary priest and now retired. I am delighted now to serve as an honorary priest at St Johns under Sue Wyatt's leadership. I also have a link with four village churches – Fowlmere, Thriplow, Shepreth and Foxton – which is an interesting contrast to a suburban church like St Johns.
Reader: Kate Aylmer
Kate has been a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) for over ten years, serving in local churches, and now works in the Diocese as the Senior Vocations Adviser with a team of advisers who walk alongside people wishing to explore where God might be calling them. She is married with two adult children. She trained as a teacher, and also spent some years as a management trainer with the John Lewis Partnership. She is now an Advisory teacher for Information and Communication Technology in primary schools in the county. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling from St John's College, Nottingham, and also works as a Spiritual Director. For refuge she hides in her workshop woodturning or takes her camera for a walk.
Children & Families Worker Student: Keli Bolton
Keli was brought up in a Baptist church in Scunthorpe and always had a passion for working with children and youth from an early age. Moving to Scotland when she was 21, she joined a local charismatic church where she became a children's church leader in the 8-11 age group for 3 years, before jetting off for the sunshine of Australia! Keli was oversight leader in a church there for the 6-11 year old age group, before returning to the UK. Keli is studying for an honours degree in Children and Families with Practical Theology at Ridley Hall and is with us at St John's for the duration of her 3 year course. She coordinates all the children's work within St John's and leads the Toddle Along service and the Children's Church: Living Waters team. Keli's 2 passions in life are singing and children, and she feels privileged to be able to build on her giftings and use them to teach children and their families how much God loves them.