We are an Anglican Evangelical church in the heart of St Helens, learning what it is to be followers (disciples) of Jesus
Our purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who become dedicated to Him (UP), devoted to one another (IN), and who demonstrate God’s love in St Helens and the world (OUT)
Our values – (What’s important to us)
A. All involved in sharing and living out our vision and purpose
B. Biblical authority – living and shaping our lives in accordance with scripture
C. Committed to low control and high accountability
D. Discipleship – learning to be disciples of Jesus, who make disciples, who make disciples
E. Empowered by the Holy Spirit as increasingly we see both the fruit and the gifts of the Spirit in our lives
F. Family – living as a Family with a clear outward purpose.
David Eastwood is the vicar. David was a lawyer for over twenty years and was Managing Partner of a firm of solicitors in Northampton and Milton Keynes. He is married to Monica, and they have two daughters, Beth and Kathryn, who both live in Sheffield. He enjoys curry, Cornwall and golf.
Roy Benyon is Church Warden. He has lived in St Helens all his life. He is a manager and qualified building surveyor working for the public sector. He loves being a family man and never says no to a cup of tea …”milk no sugar please”
Derek Mounsey is Church Warden. Having previously worked in retail management, he now enjoys retirement with his wife Rita, his two daughters, and his three grandsons. His hobbies include reading, listening to music, and collecting model trucks.
Nigel Lea-Wilson is a Reader. Born and brought up in Uganda, Nigel founded the African Refugee Education Project, a micro-charity which helps to eradicate poverty in Uganda and South Sudan. He worked for twenty years as an engineer before teaching Physics for over a decade. He is married to Gill, with three wonderful children, one cat and two manic dogs.
Emma Howarth is a Reader. Emma works as town centre chaplain for Mission in the Economy, and also for a small charity in Liverpool. She moved to St Helens from Chippenham in Wiltshire in 2013 and attends church with her husband, Steve, and three children, Catherine, Matthew and Daniel. Emma enjoys camping with her family, crochet and walking with her enthusiastic dog, Minnie
Reg Ashburner is a Reader. Reg is a retired Architect and University Lecturer. He is married to Olwyn and they have four children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He enjoys playing the piano, doing ken-ken puzzles and trying to persuade his grandchildren to do maths.
Steve Brooke is Worship Leader. Steve is a sound designer for the BBC, working on radio drama’s and the odd film. He is married to Sue and has two sons, Chris and Phil. As well as playing music he enjoys recording albums for bands and worship teams as well as messing about on boats and watching football, especially when the mighty reds (Liverpool) are playing!”
Colin Gaskell is the Treasurer. Colin has worked in a bank nearly 30 years, starting as the office junior and is now a Credit Manager. To relax he enjoys watching Saints, season ticket holder for many years and caravanning, where he can be found in charge of the BBQ. Colin is married to Cath and is proud dad to Robert, Michael and David.
Cath Gaskell is the Office Manager. Cath works in the Church Office on Mondays and Fridays. Cath also works for Liverpool Diocese as Finance Resource Officer. She first attended Barton Street, the Parish Church’s Mission church, with her twin sister in 1979. She now attends the Parish Church with her husband, Colin and boys Dave, Mike and Rob. Her hobbies include playing the Tenor Horn with Old Hall Brass Band and being walked by her dogs.
Kim Quinn works in the Church Office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Kim has worked as an office administrator at St Helens Parish Church since June 2010. Previously, she was a solicitor for over 24 years. She is married to Mark and has a teenage daughter, Carys. Kim enjoys horse-riding, walking her dog Dotty, reading and cryptic crosswords.
Jess Benyon is the Children and Families Leader. Jess has an Honours degree in Early Years Education from Edge Hill University. She loves everything about Musical Theatre, her favourite being Les Miserables. She enjoys spending time with family an friends and walking her Shih Tzu, Alfie.
Phil Beswick is the Youth Leader. Phil and his wife Ali moved back to the North West and to St Helens in 2015. Phil has a passion for reading and books.
Philip Parr is the Verger at Parish Church. He is married to Christine and they have four grown up children. Philip is Local Missional Leader at St Peter’s Hindley. He is a former football referee and a keen Preston North End supporter.