Raymond and Alison Adams

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.

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Sharon Mortimer

Sharon Mortimer

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 34 years. She has three grown up Sons, all married, and two delightful Granddaughters. She retired in 2017 but finds life busier than ever with her involvement in various areas of church life. Sharon 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. One of Sharon’s great loves is classical music, especially the opera.

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Rod Mortimer

Rod Mortimer

Church Warden, Finance, Fabric & Governance Sub-team Chair

Rod is married to Sharon, his fellow Church Warden for this year. They will celebrate their Ruby Wedding anniversary later this year, 2018. He has been worshiping at St John’s for nearly 35 years. He is a Retired Civil Servant. He previously served as Church Warden, until 5 years ago. Rod is Vice Chair of the PCC, also Chair of the Finance, Fabric and Governance Sub-committee. He finds it a privilege to serve the Church and St John’s in its mission. Like Sharon, he also enjoys going to the Opera.

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Simon Robertson

Simon Robertson

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.

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Paul Nichol

Communications Sub-team Chair


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Helen Wheeler

Prayer & Worship Sub-team Chair


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Catherine Attewell

Catherine Attewell

Parish Administrator

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.

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Lynda Gough

Lynda Gough

Pram Club

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.

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