Meet the team

Vicar: Martyn Saunders

Martyn Saunders

Martyn is the vicar of Pip & Jim's which means that he has the amazing privilege of being set aside full time to lead the church and serve all those who live in our local community. He is passionate to see the Kingdom of God come on (this bit of the) earth as it is in heaven, and his prayer and action is focussed on encouraging the Church to grow deeper in their relationship with God, and helping people to know about and respond to the amazing message of the good news of God's love for us.


Martyn moved to Pip & Jim's in 2010, having previously led a Church near Kings Cross in London. He is married to Janette and they have three sons who are all still at school.

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Curate: Adele Barker


Adele joined us as our Curate in September 2016 after spending two years at Ridley Hall, Cambridge training for ordained ministry. Before that, Adele worked for OMF International, a mission organisation serving China and the Far East, in the Finance Team.

After university, she trained as a Chartered Accountant and then worked in the City before having a family. Adele is married to Jeremy and they have 4 largely grown up sons. Adele is passionate about maintaining authentic and healthy relationships, and the importance of community. In her spare time, Adele loves reading, walking, music, art and theatre, travel, good food and wine ... and she also keeps chickens.

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Church Operations Officer: Ruth Shelsher

Ruth Shelsher low res2Ruth joined the team in 2018 and is the part-time Church Operations Officer which means she organises lots of the activities that come with running a Church. So banns for weddings, booking enquiries, printing weekly notices, database, DBS checks, purchases of everything from electricity to more toilet rolls, and organising many of the rotas all go via Ruth. Without her we'd be lost! Ruth's married to Mike and has a lifetime of experience in organising things and people.

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Assistant Minister: Steve Spencer

SteveSteve spent most of his adult life serving in the Army Medical Services. He qualified as a nurse before becoming a clinical physiologist and latterly a manager. Together with his wife Fiona, and daughters Debbi and Rachel, Steve has been worshipping at Pip 'n Jim's since 1987. He became a Lay Reader in the early 1990's then on leaving the army he trained for the ministry through a part time course at Oak Hill Theological college. After ordination in 1998 he returned to Pip 'n Jim's to serve as a curate in a non-stipendiary capacity. 

Steve has recently retired as the Senior Chaplain at Medway Maritme Hospital, but he continues to serve and support the church community here at Pip & Jim's. In his spare time, he enjoys woodturning, DIY, music, and reading.

Lay Minister: Jean James

JeanJean James has been at Pip n Jims since 1968, and has been involved in many aspects of church life since then. Jean developed an interest in healing prayer, and began training people for Prayer Ministry. She was also the author of a book on Quiet Times. 
Jean was licensed as a Reader in 2000, and over the years her role has expanded to taking funerals, speaking at ladies groups, taking Communion to the Wisdom Hospice, and praying and supporting others. She has four children, and after being widowed in 1997 she remarried in 2002, and she and her husband Peter lead a home group, look after grandchildren, and continue to support those around. She is passionate for people to grow in the Lord through the Scriptures and Prayer.

Lay Minister: Harry Parsons

HarryHarry was licensed as a Lay Minister in 1989 and upon reaching the age of 70 he was issued a licence by the Bishop of Rochester to continue his ministry as a PTO Reader (Permission to Officiate). He continues to Occasionally preach at Pip & Jim's and speak at Breakaway, and he takes Communion to the Wisdom Hospice. Harry enjoys 'unpacking' the Gospel message to show relevance to today's lifestyle and life's problems. Although retired from business, he has not retired from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Harry is married to Ann.  They have 3 married children and 8 grandchildren.

Lay Minister: Rose Robinson

Rose RobinsonRose’s passions are worshipping God, preaching and living the Bible especially the Good News that Jesus died and rose again for us, caring for people of all ages in their many needs and promoting their growth in Christ. She was licensed as a Reader in 2008 in the neighbouring Parish of Holy Trinity South Chatham moving across to Pip & Jim’s for a new challenge in October 2016.  She is also Diocesan Discipleship Development Advisor, promoting short courses for lay people.

Rose is married to Alan having met at NRI, Chatham.  They then did a four-year posting with Tearfund to Honduras and Alan now works for Mission Aviation Fellowship.  They have one son, Mark who is a student at Rochester Maths school.

Lay Evangelist : Joe Franqueira

Joe FranqeuiraJoe Thomas Angel Franqueira, yes really that is his name! has recently joined the congregation at Pip n Jims after finding the friendship and worship there enhanced his understanding of God.  Joe was commissioned by the diocese as an Evangelist in 2010.

Joe is married with two teenagers, hence the grey hairs!  He likes all kinds of sport, reading, cinema, red wine and top of his bucket list is to walk the "El Camino".  He is also on a  quest to find the perfect "Full English breakfast " and believes that this could take a lifetime.