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. He is married to Fiona, a professional musician, with three grown up children.
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.
Paul arrived at St Leonard’s in 2020 to serve as curate. He can’t remember not knowing the Lord, having had the blessing of Christian parents who taught him about Jesus from the very beginning. Paul first began to consider ministry as a student in 2007, but after working as an church apprentice he worked for a large outsourcing firm, then trained for ordination at Oak Hill College in London. He and his wife Genny have two daughters.
Children & Families Minister
Ruth grew up in a churchgoing family and, by God’s grace, can’t remember a time when she didn’t know Jesus as her Saviour. She has been part of the St Leonard’s Church family since arriving in Exeter as a student in 2003. After graduating, Ruth worked as a Ministry Assistant at St Leonard’s for a year before training as a primary school teacher. In 2019 she began working full time with the under 11s and their families at St Leonard’s Church and has continued to build on our strong links with St Leonard’s Primary School.
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.
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 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.
Ministry Assistant - students
Ministry Assistant - young people
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.