Simon Austen


Simon came to know Jesus after hearing about him on a summer camp as a teenager. After studying and teaching Biology, Simon was ordained at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and was curate in Buckinghamshire. He then became chaplain at Stowe School, Buckingham and then vicar of a church in Carlisle. He’s been at St. Leonard’s since 2013 and has oversight of the staff team, PCC and teaching throughout the church. Simon is also Chairman of the Titus Trust. He is married to Fiona, a professional musician, with three grown up children.


Chris Keane

Associate Rector (Students)

Chris is married to Elinor, a Latin teacher and mother of their three children. He grew up in a churchgoing family, but it was during his time at university that he really grasped the significance of Jesus’ death for us. After studying Computer Science and working in IT for a few years, Chris trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and was a curate in Basingstoke. He came to St Leonard’s in 2011 and oversees the student work, teaches year 1 of the PGP course, and helps to run an annual conference encouraging students to consider full-time gospel ministry.


Maureen Venning

Church Manager

Maureen was raised in a Roman Catholic home in London. It wasn’t until the age of 19 she understood the gospel of grace, and an empty cross, through reading the Bible with a friend and hearing a clear and simple gospel presentation. Maureen is married to Mark and has 3 grown up children. They moved to Devon when the children were young, then lived in Preston for 10 years before returning to Exeter in 2017.


Ed Surrey

Associate Minister (youth and children’s)

Ed has three children with his wife, Sally, who’s from South Africa and teaches PE. Arriving at University in Exeter, Ed had heard all he wanted to hear about Jesus. But life events got in the way and the wonder of Jesus’ death struck him afresh. After teaching Maths for a couple of years, Ed moved to Western Australia to work for St. Matthew’s Shenton Park. After studying theology, his family moved back to Exeter in 2015 to lead the youth and children’s work.


Mel Mullen

Church Secretary

Mel has 2 children and is married to Nick, a nurse at the local hospital. Mel came to know Jesus at her church youth group and school Christian Union, when she realised she needed to decide for herself who Jesus really is. Mel works in the office three days a week organising Sundays and much more.


Fiona Quine


Fiona is married to Tim, who works at the University, and they have 2 children. Fiona was brought up in a strong christian family but made her own commitment to Christ at 14. She has worked in the office for 4 years dealing with mainly Safeguarding administration and Centre bookings.


Wendy Meredith

Church Warden

Wendy is one of the church wardens, supporting the Rector and helping to run the Sunday services. She came to faith as a student in Bristol where she met several Christians
who prayed for her and invited her to Christian events. It was when listening to
a sermon in church that she first understood that Jesus had died on the cross
for her sins and to give her eternal life. She came to Exeter to work as a
solicitor and met and married George. They have 3 grown up children.

Alan Savage

Alan Savage

Church Warden

Alan is married to Heather and they have two grown up children. As a teenager he was invited to a Church youth group and later accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour. He met Heather (who was already at St Leonard’s) on a Christian holiday and he moved to Exeter when they married. Alan is a church warden, supporting the Rector to run the Sunday Services.


Ministry Assistants

Emma Walker

Rachel Hawkins

Tom Evans

Jo Summers