The Revd Stephen Mason
Stephen has been Vicar of St John's since 2002. Trained in the liberal catholic tradition, he was a curate in the northern town of Grimsby and a Vicar in Tunbridge Wells beforehand. He believes that the church should reflect God's love andbe relevant to modern life. His vision is for St John's to be the welcoming centre of a thriving community in twenty-first century London.
Bryan grew up in a small rural town in Pennsylvania where nothing much ever happened and came to London in 1988 to get a taste of the broader world. He is a fervent Liverpool supporter and nowadays thinks cricket might not be the only sport more boring than baseball.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Robert studied at the Royal Northern College of Music as an organist and singer and at the Royal College of Music as a singer. After graduating he began his career as a tenor singing with Kent Opera, Opera Northern Ireland, Opera Sicily, Voltface in Paris and at the Camden Festival London and Opera Bordeaux. He gave recitals for the British Council in Istanbul and Bordeaux. He has performed with the London Pops Orchestra at the Albert Hall. He was organist of St Cyprian’s Regents Park where he with the pianist Geoffrey Parsons and Radio 3 controller John Evans started Music at St Cyprian’s. He then went on to be Director of Music at St John’s Wood Church for 12 years, where he had a professional octet. As a singing teacher he has been head of the Urdang Academy, Elmhurst College of Performing Art and The Centre for Performing Arts. He is now a lecturer at the London College of Music and is the musical theatre singing teacher at the Royal Holloway, University of London.
THE REVD ROBIN SIMS-WILLIAMS
Before training as a priest, Robin was an aeronautical engineer developing Landing Gear Systems for large commercial aircraft. He continues to love building things with his hands and enjoys baking bread. At St John's, if he's not creating posters, you will often find Robin strumming his guitar while jumping around with the kids at Playgroup.
Robin joined the team at St John's in June 2013 as assistant curate after completing his training at Westcott House in Cambridge
The Revd Antonio García Fuerte
Antonio was born in Madrid and studied Theology there. He lived briefly in Paris and Rome before moving to London in 2003. He enjoys watching football and is a Real Madrid and Chelsea fan. Before training for ministry at Westcott House Antonio flew the world as cabin crew. Antonio joined the team at St John's as Assistant Curate in June of 2015.
Andrejs has been verger at St John's since 2008. Among his many responsibilities are running the carpark and looking after the building.
THE REVD MARGARET LEGG
Margaret joined the St John's team in 2007 as an SSM (Self Supporting Minister) and is here on Mondays as well as Sundays. Margaret also works part time as a chaplain at our Parish Hospital, St Mary's Paddington. Margaret has previously worked in retailing and the hotel management and at the Royal Collection. She has three children and became a grandmother for the first time in 2015. She looks forward to seeing her grandson every week. Margaret has led Retreats and Quiet Days at St John's and enjoys organising Culture Vulture Ventures, which involves visiting places of historical interest, theatre going and viewing exhibitions with members of the congregation and community, refreshments always included!
Nick Miller is a London-based organist, pianist and teacher. He is currently Musician-in-Residence at Eltham College and Organist at St John's, Hyde Park. In December 2014, he graduated with Merit having completed an MMus in organ performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he won both of the Conservatoire's organ prizes, the Cardnell Prize and the Geoffrey Singleton Organ Prize.
The Revd Pippa Turner
Pippa began attending St. John’s during school and university days, and kept in touch after moving to the States to do a Master of Divinity degree, after which she trained to be a Hospital Chaplain in New York City.
She was ordained Priest by the Bishop of New York in 1995 and Thaddeus, Vicar of St. John’s at the time, preached at the service. She then became an Associate Priest at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan, which more recently became St. John’s Companion parish in New York, and returned to the UK five years ago to take up the post of Chaplain to the Royal Veterinary College and UCL Medical School. Having been a regular at St. John’s since her return, she is now assisting once a month with the clergy team.
The Revd Sally Hitchiner
Sally studied Social Policy and Anthropology at York then Theology at Oxford before getting ordained. She started out as an anthropologist before working as a youth and community worker and exploring ordination.
She served her title post at an evangelical charismatic church in Ealing. Her full time job is as Senior Chaplain and Interfaith Adviser at Brunel University London, but she enjoys being part of the St Johns sophistication to balance out all the student pot noodles!