Here are some of the lovely people who help with the daily running of St Thomas’ Church!
Meet the Clergy and Staff
Minister of Aldridge
Mark is the Minister of Aldridge, who is primarily in charge of St. Thomas Church. Mark is involved in all areas of church life, and is a gifted communicator, who is the main preacher and service leader at our Sunday services.
Sue is one of our Ordained Local Ministers (OLM's) and is a key member of our clergy team. Sue is involved in every area of church life, and assists Mark and the team in many areas. Sue is particularly involved in safeguarding—where she is in charge of safeguarding for vulnerable adults.
Jeremy is also one of our Ordained Local Ministers (OLM's) and is a key member of our clergy team. Jeremy is involved in every area of church life, and assists Mark and the team in many ways. He is particularly involved in pastoral care, and works closely with the Pastoral Care team to ensure that all of our members feel valued.
Clare is the temporary Church Administrator, and works in the Church Office from Monday to Thursday, from 9 am to 1 pm. If you need any information about anything church-related then Clare can point you in the right direction. She is the point of contact for room hire also. Clare has been a member of St Thomas' since childhood. Clare and Vicar Mark married at Aldridge Parish Church in July 2016. She loves gardening and animals, especially guinea pigs!
Hannah Evans is our Children and Families Worker here at St. Thomas'. Hannah represent all that happens in terms of provision for, discipleship of and safeguarding of children, both on a Sunday and midweek too. She also represent our families, and ensuring they get the support, guidance and encouragement that they deserve and require. As well as this, she is the chairperson for St. Thomas Playgroup. So, feel free to speak to Hannah if there is anything you would like to raise or to help deal with in regards to our children and families here at St. Thomas'.
Children's and Youth Core Group Co-Ordinator, ICT Officer and Moorlands College Placement Student
Luke is involved in various areas of church life. As Children's and Youth Core Group Coordinator, Luke supports Hannah, and our children's and youth volunteers to help ensure we deliver the best possible provisions work for all our young people. As ICT Officer, he works alongside Andy and the ICT Core Group to ensure all of our technology works well, and also does a the bulk of our online and offline design and promotional work too! And as a placement student, with Moorlands College, Luke basically gets stuck in wherever he is needed around St. T’s, including occasional preaching and service leading. Luke is a self confessed nerd, who loves all things science and technology. He is also a keen American football fan, so don't expect an entirely coherent response from him the morning after the Super Bowl.
Brenda is a one of our churchwardens, an a key part of everything we do at St. Thomas' Church. If it happens, it probably has Brenda's fingerprints on it somewhere. As warden, Brenda is particularly involved in our children's and family ministries, and is also the warden in charge of Safeguarding.
Clive is one of our churchwardens, and is also a key member of our church community. Clive is heavily involved in our mission and evangelism teams, and is actively involved in the THOMAS Project with his wife Nicky.
Phil Page is one of our churchwardens, and is particularly responsible for keeping out church running smoothly. He is our churchwarden in charge of fabrics and as a result, ensures that our church building, and its contents are always in tip top shape.
Sue is one of our churchwardens, and an integral part of our church family. Sue has been a member of St. Thomas' for many years, and has already made a huge impact on our church in her short time as warden.
Steve is our treasurer, a Deanery Synod representative, and a member of our finance core group. Steve brings his vast financial and business knowledge to our church family. Steve handles both the day-to-day accounting and bookkeeping for the church, and is also involved in helping our church strategise and plan our bigger, long term projects.
Finance Team Core Group Co-Ordinator and Local lay Minister (Outreach Leader)
Keith is the co-ordinator for finance, working alongside Steve and the team to manage St. Thomas' finances. He is also a local lay minister, with a particular emphasis and remit for outreach. In this role, Keith works closely with Janet and the mission and evangelism team, Julie and the discipleship team, and is involved in other outreaches, like the Wide Awake Club, and THOMAS Project.
Andrew Dickson leads the Health & Safety core group which oversees the safety and welfare of all who populate St Thomas’ church buildings and their environs. This includes fire safety, food hygiene, electrical and plumbing installations, tripping hazards and policies for all activities both inside and outside the premises. Andrew, a retired Fire Officer, has been at St Thomas’ for over 25 years and is married to Jacqui (Worship Team pianist). They have two grown up sons, Nick 27 and Tom 25. Andrew is a hockey player, football referee and runs a Fire Cadet group at Aldridge Fire Station.
Andy heads up our ICT core group, a new group which ensures that all of the computers and technology we use in church works and is fit for purpose. Andy works closely with the fabrics team, worship team, and Luke, our ICT officer, to design, build, maintain, and use systems which meet the needs of an contemporary church in an increasingly digital world. Andy is married to Hannah—our Children's and Family worker—and is a qualified teacher and IT expert, meaning Andy also brings key insight into current policies and best practice in this area.
Vera is the pastoral care core group coordinator, and works to ensure that everyone at St. Thomas, and in our community feels that they are supported in every area of life. Vera and the pastoral care team work closely alongside the clergy, prayer and safeguarding teams—where she is also an officer—to ensure that everything we do is cohesive and safe. Vera served in the mission field for many years, and brings much valuable experience to the St. Thomas' church family.
Alongside his wife, Nat, Stewart heads up our prayer ministry core group at St. Thomas'. Nat and Stuart are committed prayer warriors at St. Thomas, and are passionate about ensuring that prayer remains a vital ministry for St. Thomas. They work alongside the pastoral care and safeguarding teams to ensure that what we do is connected and safe. They also collate a monthly prayer sheet including requests from all areas of church life.
The Discipleship Core Group consists of Pete and Wendy Brentnall, Natalie and Stewart Mills and Julie Fuggle. It has recently brought together under this one umbrella, Life Groups, the Freedom in Christ course and Good News for You (assisted by Keith Capp), which were previously organised by Julie Fuggle who is the core group’s DCC rep. Julie has been a member of St Thomas’ since 1980, has been an English teacher and spends spare time in Shropshire.
Liz Grace is the coordinator for music and corporate worship at St Thomas. Liz is married with 3 grown sons, and work as a nurse. She has attended ST Thomas church since 2002 and soon became involved in playing for worship, replacing the outgoing coordinator soon after that. Sung worship has a central role in the service life of church, and is a key point of impact for the congregation, through which the Holy Spirit can minister to individuals. This is what we seek and strive to achieve as the music ministry team.
Kate Mason is a member of our DCC, and Deanery Synod representative, which sounds posh but just means she attends these meetings as a representative of St. Thomas’. Deanery Synod is a key way that we know what is going on across our wider area, and Kate helps ensure St. Thomas’ are aware of all of these things. In the past Kate has had many roles at St T’s so has an understanding of the way we operate, and can reflect back on the history of the church. Kate is committed to contributing positively as we move forward together, and continue to make our church the wonderful and welcoming place it has always strived to be, and ensuring that new people will be lead to follow Jesus here.
Deanery Synod Representative and Local Lay Minister
Jim is one of St. Thomas' representative on Deanery synod, and one of our local lay ministers. Jim serves St. Thomas' in many ways, including preaching and service leading, involvement in mission and evangelism, and a member of the welcome team, among other thing. Jim is also a mystery worshipper, helping churches around the country understand how new people perceive them.
Roger serves St. Thomas' in many ways, and without Roger's input and expertise, much of what we do at St. Thomas' wouldn't happen. In addition to preaching and leading, Roger is a key member of our worship team, ICT team, with a particular responsibility for our AV systems, and a significant amount of other ``behind the scenes`` work which keeps the church running.