Who's Who

Revd Becky Mathew: Vicar

Becky has been in Allestree since 2017 and she is particularly interested in the areas of: Education-  equipping schools and young people to understand the importance of spiritual provision and questions about faith.  

Environment and Ecology- how do we make our churches and adapt our lifestyles to become greener and more sustainable? 

Spirituality- what are the ways that people encounter and experience the divine presence? Prayer and bible study, nature and green spaces,  mindfulness and the wisdom of the saints and mystics like Julian of Norwich and St John of the Cross.

Becky has also an interest in communication and is currently involved in advocacy work for the deaf community in Derby and promoting BSL training in congregations.

Becky is a former Church Mission Society mission partner, spending some time overseas working in the Anglican church of Ceylon in Sri Lanka and was also the school chaplain for St Thomas' College in Mount Lavinia.

She is an elected member of Derby Diocesan Synod representing Derby City clergy.

 

Revd Dawn Knight: Curate

Dawn was ordained deacon at the end of June 2019 and is currently training in our two parishes. She is undertaking a Masters in Theology at this time, continuing her studies at Queen's College in Birmingham.

 

Phil: Reader

Phil is a licensed lay Reader, authorised by the Bishop of Derby and often leads Sunday worship. He can also officiate at funerals and is part of our Ministry Team. He previously worked as a primary head teacher and Diocesan Education Officer. He is married to Kate and is involved with holiday clubs, Messy Church and continues to have links with local schools. He has for several years, been involved in leading All Age Worship at Spring Harvest.

Phil has a passion for trains and can be found volunteering as a signalman on the Great Central Railway between Loughborough and Leicester.  

 

Anna: Children's, Youth and Family Worker (CYFW)

Anna has a JNC & BA Hons degree in Youth and Community Work with applied Theology. She has worked with children and young people in a Christian ministry context for over 12 years in a variety of places and ways. From doing detached lunch time work & 1-2-1 mentoring/life coaching in secondary schools to facilitating self-esteem and drama/movement workshops and running holiday clubs and residentials.

Anna is passionate about seeing children and young people’s lives changed as they encounter something of the living God. She is enthusiastic about communicating the gospel in accessible, relevant ways and seeing children and young people not only recognising where God is already at work in their lives but also for them to come to know Him more.

Anna currently is the school pastor to Woodlands secondary school, is actively involved at Curzon Primary school and leading and preparing material for All Age services. She also runs the Holiday clubs and Experience Easter workshops.

 

Sarah: Reader in Training

Sarah is currently in training as a Reader and is the convener of the Derby Deaf Church that meets at St Nick's every 2nd Sunday of the month. She is a BSL user and is often in demand at deaf church gatherings up and down the country.

She's a member of the Church of England's General Synod and represents Deaf Anglicans Together. She is also the Chair of 'Signs of God' a Christian charity which advance the use of BSL in Christian settings.

 

Paul: Church Warden

Can be  found on a Sunday morning usually at the front of the church playing the guitar and singing vocals. He has been involved in the life of St Nick's for several years and as well as offering a musical ministry can also be found doing various jobs around the job including painting and repairs with the volunteer 'Maintenance Team'.

 

Graham: Assistant Warden

Graham assists Paul in the various warden duties and also helps in the Church Maintenance Team.

Graham co-leads the Pray Together group on a Wednesday evening and is our resident IT expert.

 

Clive:Treasurer

Clive can be banked on to keep a steady hand on the finances. He’s a keen sportsman and piano player who’s part of St Nick’s music group. Clive also lends a hand with 'Playtime' and the Maintenance team.

 

Miriam: Safeguarding Coordinator

Please contact Miriam if you have any safeguarding concerns on 01332 550782.

 

Gael:  Church Administrator

Hi, my name's Gael Browne and I've lived in Derby my whole life! With a background in NHS administration and having previously worked for other churches in the city, it's a real privilege and joy to serve the Church Community here in the parish of St Paul's and St Nick's. Wife to Adam and mummy to Esther and Oona, when I'm not in the office I'm at home looking after my little family.