Revd Canon Raymond Adams
Raymond and his wife Alison came to Swindon with two small children and a baby intending to stay for seven years. That was in 1990! The congregation has changed a great deal since then, but there are still some people who can remember Raymond’s first sermon. (Though not necessarily what he actually said.)
A great deal has changed over that long period. Alison now teaches full-time at Haydon Wick Primary school, and remains very active in our worship group. And the baby is 23.
Raymond keeps his brain active by studying languages. He keeps it relaxed by fishing.
Raymond also chairs the Discipleship sub-team.
Revd Andrew Dean
Minister (retired) and Treasurer
It was over 60 years ago that Andrew committed his life to God whilst at a Scripture Union camp in Pooley Bridge. Andrew is married to Jean; They celebrated their Golden Wedding in 2012 and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. They moved to Haydon Wick when the insurance company Andrew worked for relocated from the City of London in 1981 and joined the new St. John’s when it was opened in August of that year. In 1982, Andrew became Treasurer of St. John’s and, apart from six years in the 1990s, he has remained Treasurer ever since. In June 1995, following early retirement, Andrew was ordained and served as non-stipendiary curate at St John’s It is Andrew’s privilege and joy to assist in the ministry and to serve the people of St. John’s.
Church Warden, PCC Secretary, Electoral Roll Officer, Pastoral Care Team
Sharon and her husband Rod have been worshipping at St. John’s Church for over 30 years. She has several roles within the church but her favourite is leading the Pastoral Care Team, as it gives her an opportunity to come alongside people. Sharon has been serving as one of the two churchwardens since April 2014 – so life can be very busy, as she also works part-time in a local doctor’s surgery. One of Sharon’s great loves is classical music, especially the opera.
With a father who’s a retired vicar, John has lived in Swindon since 1980. He is the Managing Director of a local company that serves the community of Swindon in a pastoral way and has a passion for helping people at their point of need. He lives with his wife Liz and, together, they both have a real desire for sharing the message of love and hope that is promised through the salvation of Jesus Christ.
Mission, Outreach & Community Sub-team Chair
Simon is married to Sally and has three delightful teenage daughters. He works at United Bible Societies in Swindon, where he manages a database of Bible ministry projects running all over the world. He has previously worked as a computer programmer, statistical modeller and a research scientist in the water industry. Simon does a number of different things at St John’s, including leading the Mission and Outreach team, playing guitar and leading worship. He grew up in rural Dorset and has also lived in Cambridge, Ealing and Reading. In his spare time Simon enjoys geocaching, cycling, bellringing and playing board games.
Communications Sub-team Chair
Brought up in south west London, Jan left her roots and went off to uni in Nottingham. Most of her professional life has been spent in the field of Communications working for BMS World Mission, a Christian mission agency in Didcot, Oxfordshire, and Bible Society in Swindon: involved in writing, marketing, editing, proofreading and researching. Now newly retired, she spends her days enjoying all things genealogical – both working on her own family tree and as a volunteer transcriber of historical documents like old censuses. She’s married to Phil, has two grown-up children, three grown-up step children and a gorgeous granddaughter.
Finance, Fabric & Governance Sub-team Chair
Prayer & Worship Sub-team Chair
The parish office is normally staffed during the following times:
- Wednesday 9:30am – 1:30pm
- Thursday 9:30am – 1:30pm
- Friday 9:30am – 1:30pm
Telephone number is 01793 726000.
Lynda has always lived in Swindon. When her third son was four years old Pram Club was set up at St. John’s temporary church building in Churchfield, where Lynda attended as a mother 36 years ago! Lynda has been involved with Pram Club for over thirty years and now leads the Team. She enjoys Meeting all the baby’s and children’s carers.
Revd Sally Robertson
Sally has lived in Swindon, with her husband, Simon, 3 daughters and budgie, since September 2013 having previously lived in Ealing and then Reading. They were brought here by Simon’s work with United Bible Societies. Sally was ordained as a self-supporting minister in 2010 and is delighted to be able to serve God in St. John’s by leading worship, preaching and being part of the leadership team. Sally loves exploring the Bible and communicating that to others. She’s also a fan of Radio 4’s The Archers and a member of Swindon Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Sally has been our Associate Minister and is now on secondment to the parish of North Swindon.