Vicar – position vacant
Rev. Judith Brooks
I am married to Adam and we have two school age children, and a cat called Tigger. I was ordained in September 2020 after studying Theology, Ministry and Mission at St Augustine’s College of Theology. I’m a qualified youth worker and have worked in the fields of youth and community work, childcare and voluntary sector management. I also taught youth work and management at further and higher education levels. I love all kinds of music but particularly the choral tradition. My other ministry interests are spiritual direction and pastoral care. I joined YMCA East Surrey in 2018 and work full time as Head of Children and Young People. I also enjoy reading poetry and prose, and have a passion for films and the theatre. I love swimming; especially in the sea.
Fr Mick Elfred
I was ordained priest in 1980, and have served in Lincoln, Canterbury and Southwark Dioceses. I retired from full time ministry in 2016 and found a home at St Matthew’s shortly after that. I am married to Julia and together we have four children, five grandchildren, and a dog. I qualified as a psychotherapist in 1998. Retirement has given me time to indulge in my three great hobbies: playing the guitar at two local folk clubs, painting and fishing, but I still very much enjoy preaching, celebrating the Eucharist and leading online Bible studies.
Rev. David Williams
In an active retirement I assist with services at St. Matthew’s where I was once curate and at St. Martin’s Dorking, where I live, and occasionally at other local churches. I had nearly a lifetime of working for the National Church Institutions, latterly as Clerk to the General Synod and Head of the Archbishops’ Council’s Central Secretariat. On my retirement, I took on the position of house for duty vicar of four villages in south-west Oxfordshire for eight years. My other voluntary commitments include being Chairman of the Trustees of St. Barnabas College Lingfield, a community mediator with the Surrey Mediation Service, a governor of the St. Martin’s Dorking CofE Primary School and a (now retired) magistrate. My special interests are history, art and architecture, coins and coinage, and garden history; and I enjoy walking and cycling.
I have been licensed as a Lay Reader at St. Matthew’s since 2010. My ministry involves preaching, teaching, some pastoral work and lots more! I am married with two grown up children. As well as serving at St. Matthew’s I am also a keen lawn bowler and currently act as Club Secretary to the bowls club. I am keen on walking and archaeology, and I’m often to be found with my nose in a good book or listening to 70s prog rock bands.
I was licensed as a Lay Reader at St Matthew’s church in October 2018. Having studied at St Augustine’s College of Theology before licensing. I find it a privilege to share the Word of God through preaching and teaching. During the day I work as a Nursery Nurse in the Reception class of a local primary school. I enjoy painting, craft work and travel – especially exploring places that are new to me.
I was commissioned as a Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary in 2002 and have been helping to care for the people of St Matthew’s ever since. I also help to support people currently in training for this ministry and very much enjoy being Grandma to my two young grandchildren.
I was commissioned as a Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary at St. Matthew’s in 2010, am married with three children and live in Redhill. You can often find me drinking coffee out in local Redhill or Reigate coffee shops, where I will chat about anything, to anyone, so do come over and say Hello!
I have attended St Matthew’s church for over 25 years now and feel as though I have been persuaded to spend most of them on the PCC. A lifetime spent in public administration is a useful training in translating the requirements of the Church of England into practical action. After nine years as a school governor, I became churchwarden in 2019, little knowing what the next two years would bring! Whatever this job entails, which is a lot, it is never dull.
In my life before children I worked in the motor trade, then moved into Primary education in 1995. I taught computing at a local church school for more years than I care to remember, leaving education in July 2021 and taking up the post of Parish Administrator in January 2022. I’m passionate about using digital platforms to share the Gospel, and always looking for new ideas. Married to Mick, we have four children and five grandchildren between us, so life is fairly full on. When I’m not playing with grandchildren, I enjoy reading, quizzing, and all kinds of music from classical to rock and roll.