Revd David Gardiner
David joined the parish as Team Vicar of St Matthias in April 2012, after completing his curacy (a kind of apprenticeship) in the North Cheltenham Team Ministry. David is also currently the Acting Team Rector during our interregnum.
David was born in Scotland, where he was brought up as a part of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, but moved to England in 1992, where he became an Anglican. He studied English and Drama at St Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill, where he also met his wife, Sarah.
David values and enjoys many different styles of worship, from simple quiet prayer to the beauty and complex ritual of the Easter Dawn service, and is equally at home with organs and drum-kits as accompaniment to music in worship.
A liberal at heart, David believes in rigorous Bible study and prayer as the foundation for faith and theological conviction, and that the Bible is itself a message of love and freedom for all God’s people. His favourite verse is John 10:10, where Jesus lays out his agenda: “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly”.
tel 020 8948 7217
address 22 Cambrian Road, Richmond TW10 6JQ
Revd Neil Summers served as a non-stipendiary minister in the Team between 2000 and 2014, whilst continuing his work as a lecturer in further and adult education. In October 2014, he was licensed as full-time Team Vicar of St John the Divine. He has particular interests in the literary and poetic aspects of scripture and theology, the rational case for faith and belief in an increasingly secular culture and the strengthening of links between the local church and the community in which is it set. Among his spare time pursuits are travel, literature, theatre, dance (only as a spectator!) cycling, singing in a local community choir, and gardening.
tel Office 020 8332 1838 Mobile 07540 974702
address 2 Ravensbourne Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 2DH
Revd Alan Sykes is a self-supporting minister (SSM) based at St Mary Magdalene. He was ordained in 2009. He has worshipped at St Mary’s for over 25 years. No longer employed, he gave up his job as a librarian early in 2009. His interests include poetry, classical music, cricket and football. Which team he supports remains a closely guarded secret as he does not wish to cause merriment among the congregation.
tel 020 8549 3887
Gill Doling has been a Reader since 1996. She is licensed to the Team as a whole and takes part in all joint Team services, however most of her time is spent in and around St Matthias. As well as assisting at the Sunday morning Eucharist, she leads many of the evening services. In fact much of her week revolves around the church too, as she also teaches at Wings Nursery School which operates out of St Matthias Church Centre.
Ruth Martin was licensed reader in 2012, having first joined the congregation at St Mary’s as a Sunday school teacher 20 years ago and as a Server some 15 years ago. Ruth is licensed to the team as a whole, with St Mary’s as her main base, and enjoys participating and supporting worship at all three churches in the team. Ruth is also a Street Pastor in the town and Chair of Governors at Christ’s School, the Church of England secondary school in the parish. Ruth is particularly interested in the pastoral strategy of the parish and in developing its youth work and also has a ministry with young people in Stockwell at Christ Church, Clapham. Ruth works full time as the Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Southwark, and in the parish she co-leads our Christianity at Work group.
tel 020 8948 4458