Staff Team

Joe Dent

Rector

Joe’s faith in Christ really came to life when a friend at university persuaded him to read the Bible with him. After studying chemistry at university Joe then studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. He first came to St. Andrew’s as a curate where he fell in love with Plymouth and his wife-to-be, Catherine. Before returning to St. Andrew’s as the Rector, Joe and Catherine lived in Sevenoaks  in Kent for 10 years, where they were involved in planting two new congregations. They now have three young children and in their spare time enjoy being out and about with them getting muddy or wet, and perhaps occasionally reading the odd book.

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Joe Dent

Joe Dent

Rector

Leon Sim

Team Vicar

Leon is married to Steph, and has been blessed with two children: Ellie and Zacchery! Although having some responsibilities at St. Andrew’s, he's primarily based at St. Paul’s, Stonehouse. He feels privileged to be serving the congregation there, enjoy telling both Christians and non-Christians about Jesus from the Bible, and is excited about how Jesus might build His Church through them as they seek to learn from Him and put His teachings into practice on a day to day basis.

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Leon Sim

Leon Sim

Team Vicar

Lawrence Braschi

Curate

Lawrence grew up to missionary parents in Southeast Asia, and first went to school in the jungles of Malaysia. He knew from an early age that God is a loving, missionary God and that Jesus died to set us free. After studying sociology and philosophy at university, Lawrence went to work in China for two years, becoming captivated by all that God is doing among that great people. After further studies, Lawrence joined Churches Together in Britain and Ireland to work on their China Desk. For six years he travelled regularly to China, spending time with Chinese church leaders and seeking to help support Chinese Christians. After leaving the China Desk, Lawrence studied theology at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, and joined the team at St. Andrews in August, 2014. He is married to Jessica, a medical doctor, whom he met at a missions conference. They have two boys. They enjoy having friends round, food and roaming the moors and shores.

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Lawrence Braschi

Lawrence Braschi

Curate

Leon Catallo

Curate

Leon was born and raised in the south-east and moved to Plymouth in 2015. He read Chemistry at university and worked as a tax accountant before studying theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. He is married to the lovely Charlotte.

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Leon Catallo

Leon Catallo

Curate

Matt Thompson

Children's Worker

Matt Thompson is the children’s worker here at St. Andrews, responsible for the children from 3-11. Matt grew up in Exeter and came to Plymouth to study Outdoor adventure and management (yes that is a real course). During his time in Plymouth, Matt has met two amazing people who changed his life forever: Jesus Christ and his wife Sophie. As well as his job Matt loves anything competitive it doesn’t matter whether it is a board game or a football match!

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Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson

Children's Worker

Beccy Davies

Women's Worker

Beccy Davies is the 'Women's Worker' and looks to engage women in bible study, Christian Fellowship and evangelism. She helps run the Noah's Ark toddler group on a Monday, talking with women about the faith and running the Christianity Explored Course within this session. This then can lead onto our Wednesday Women's bible study groups with a crèche provided for those with babies. She looks to read the Bible with women on a one-to one basis, and offer prayer support. She has a particular heart to help women find strength and healing from past emotional trauma. She is married to Andrew, and they have 5 lovely children, Lily, Freddie, Jemima, Heidi and Nat. She enjoys leading the music worship at the 11:00am and 6:30pm services, as well as moorland dog-walks, ballet and cooking.

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Beccy Davies

Beccy Davies

Women's Worker

Josh Yates

Youth Worker

Josh is the Youth Worker at St. Andrews, he leadsPathfinders; (11-13 year olds) and Fish Shop; (14-18 year olds). He studied Geography at university before serving at St. Nicholas, Sevenoaks as a Ministry Associate.

Josh became a Christian on camp when he was 13 and loves showing people what the Bible says about who Jesus is and how he changes lives, particularly over (good) coffee. Josh is married to Ellie - one of their ambitions is to own chickens and maybe, one day, a pig. He enjoys making things out of wood, cooking and eating and playing games.

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Josh Yates

Josh Yates

Youth Worker

Alex Hurdle

Ministry Assistant

Alex grew up attending St. Andrew's, but it wasn't until he went to university in Manchester that Alex came to faith and began to really understand what it means to know Jesus (however he's very thankful for the faithful prayer and teaching at St. Andrew’s which led up to this). He then went on to work in the rail industry for two years before joining the staff team at St. Andrew's.

Alex has two sides to his job. Part of his week is spent in the office alongside Debbie and the rest of his time is spent as a Ministry Assistant, receiving ministry training and serving in the student and young people's work.

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Alex Hurdle

Alex Hurdle

Ministry Assistant

Debbie Marsh

Administration Team

Debbie became a christian at 17 and  later came along to St. Andrew's where she found a really warm welcome and knew instantly it was the right church for her. She has felt part of the church family ever since.  Debbie works in the office on the accounts, and also enjoys supporting the group who gather for communion at 10:15am on Thursdays.  Debbie has two wonderful children, Emma and Tom and also enjoys working as an ice skating coach when she is not in church.

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Debbie Marsh

Debbie Marsh

Administration Team

Jonathan Hurdle

Director of Music

As Director of Music I'm responsible for the music at all services as well as the coordination of musicians across each week. We also have many concerts and other musical events throughout the year at St. Andrew's and part of my role is to be aware of all that is taking place. I enjoy the variety of this role within the church, working with all the musicians within our congregations and, most of all, being able to use this love of music to enable others to worship God. Outside church I have my own bookkeeping business and I work as string tutor with Plymouth University Orchestra as well as playing in various concerts locally. I'm married to Alison and we have 5 grown up children.

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Jonathan Hurdle

Jonathan Hurdle

Director of Music

Phil Harley

Caretaker

Born to Irish Parents and raised in Glasgow. Phil left school with no qualifications and at 15 joined the Army into the Junior Leaders Regiment RA at Gamecock Brks Nuneaton, Coventry. He spent most of his adult life within the Commando brigade with 29 Cdo at the Royal Citadel in Plymouth apart from a two-year draft to the Brigade Air Squadron in 1981-3.  After a stint down at RMB Stonehouse and then in Wiltshire with the MPGS he was posted to the Royal Citadel to take over the Security Platoon. This posting was back to his home ground and the Regiment he had spent 22 years with. In 2012 he left and took up the position of Caretaker in St. Andrews. He believes that if he can avoid putting on weight from eating chocolate biscuits he will be very happy for many years to come.

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Phil Harley

Phil Harley

Caretaker

Malcolm Prideaux

Church Warden

Malcolm has been a member of St Andrews since 1973 when he joined the <a Fish Shop Youth club as a teenager. Since then he has spent 12 years on the PCC and is a long standing member of the Mission Committee. He has been on four short term missions to Africa.

Malcolm is married to Bridget and has 3 grown up sons; he also became a grandfather in August 2016. Malcolm is a dentist and though nearing retirement is still active in dental politics and enjoys teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Malcolm Prideaux

Malcolm Prideaux

Church Warden

Mac Forsyth

Church Warden

Mac has been a Church Warden since April 2011 and a Lay Reader for much longer. After he retired as a schoolmaster in Plymouth he and his wife Dot accepted a call to go and teach in Africa. During their four years in Malawi they Medic Malawi in response to an overwhelming need for medical care in the region, and as a witness to God’s love for all people. Medic Malawi has built a hospital – named by the local people St. Andrew’s Hospital after the church in Plymouth – an orphanage, and supports a primary school and a secondary school.

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Mac Forsyth

Mac Forsyth

Church Warden

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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Pauline Arkle

Pauline Arkle

Treasurer

Paul Colman

Reader

Paul has been with us for 33 years and has faithfully led services from the Book of Common Prayer as well as Funerals for many years. He loves Jesus and has a heart for pastoral care and mission. He  heads up the Mission Committee, helping to nurture relationships between St. Andrew's and various Christian Mission ministries.

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Paul Colman

Paul Colman

Reader

David Huntley

Reader

David is a Reader at St. Andrew’s meaning that he preaches and leads services from time to time, which he feels very privileged to be able to do. As a retired (almost) scientist, he is very interested in the science/Christianity debate and heads the local Christians in Science group which puts on a couple of public lectures a year in association with the Chaplaincy at the University. He is also a Trustee of Christians in Science, of Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support (helping asylum seekers) and of the private school Plymouth College. For fun, he sings in a choir, enjoys woodwork and is always available to look after his grandchildren.

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David Huntley

David Huntley

Reader