Team

Vicar, Martin Gordon

Martin joined as our new Vicar in June 2014. He is married to Anthea and they have three young children, Silas, Zachary and Imogen. Martin grew up in Durham before studying politics at Edinburgh University. After working in Brussels, in the UK Parliament and as the international campaigns manager for Christian Aid, he trained for ordination in Oxford. Before moving to St Thomas with St Stephen he served at St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Associate Vicar, James Yeates

James has been part of the team since the summer of 2016. He is married to Susie, our Children’s and Families Worker and they have four children, Annalise, Zeke, Miriam and Bethany. James grew up in North London and trained at St. Mellitus College serving placements in Golders Green and Highgate. Before ordination, James ran a successful IT business and loves gadgets and all things geeky. Before joining us, James served his curacy in the parishes of St. Michael, Highgate and All Saints Highgate. 

Youth Minister, Sam Baker

Sam studied Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology, qualifying in 2009. He moved from Bristol in 2010 to lead the youth ministry in East London at St Paul Old Ford. He joined us in September 2015 and is excited to see what God is doing in and through the lives of the young people. Sam has been married to his wife Helen since 2012 and is a keen supporter of Bristol City FC!

Children's and Families Minister, Susie Yeates

Susie has been with us since September 2016. She is married to James, our Associate Vicar and they have four children, Annalise, Zeke, Miriam and Bethany. Susie first recognised her call to work with children and families as a young person and has worked with churches to do just that ever since. Susie completed training in children’s work with St. Barnabas Church, Woodside Park and since then has served in a number of churches across North London. Before joining us she was Children’s Pastor at KXC in Kings Cross. Susie loves to cuddle up with cup of tea and watch the Great British Bake off.

Church administrators

Sarah Bee

Sarah is married to Glenn and they have three adult children, one grandson and one granddaughter. She recently retired from her job as 30 years as a Primary School teacher and more recently, Assistant Head. She enjoys the job share with Penny and loves being more actively involved in this new phase in the life of the church. In retirement Sarah has enjoyed creative projects including gardening and cooking. She loves spending time with Glenn and their two grandchildren, going to London's galleries and eating out.

Penny Church

Penny started to worship at the church in 1994, found a warm welcome and stayed! She is married to Dennis and they have two sons, Adam and Jonny. Penny worked in human resources, mainly for London Underground, before leaving to bring up her sons. She has a passion for social justice and volunteers at the local foodbank and at Oxfam. She is a long-serving school governor at Henry Cavendish School and member of the Labour Party.  

Churchwardens

The churchwardens are responsible for supporting the vicar with the running of the parish.

Glenn Bee

Glenn recently retired from the world of forensic photography and felt called into lay ministry towards the end of his working life, becoming a Reader in 2014. Glenn is married to Sarah and they have 3 adult children and two grandchildren. Glenn enjoys listening to classical music, and together with Sarah spending time with their border collie (Meg), gardening, going to galleries and museums and spending time with their grandchildren. He became Churchwarden in 2015.

 

Readers

Readers have received theological training to enable them to preach, teach, and lead worship at services.

David Woods

David enjoys the rich variety of community experience in the Clapham Park and Telford areas. One of David's interests is travel and he is involved in the STwSS World Church Group. He is a walks leader for a holiday company and will be often seen with rucksack boarding a plane to European locations for a week’s tour. David keenly follows all types of sport and would count himself as a founder member of the Dulwich College rugby supporters group.

Eileen Ross

Eileen became a reader in 2010. She enjoys planning services and leading and preaching but also loves to serve the people of the parish by giving Communion at home and taking funerals. Eileen is a headteacher in Lambeth and has lived in the area for many years, along with her three children (now grown ups). Eileen has a weird sense of humour and in her spare time she loves attending Chelsea games, watching anything on TV with a spy/thriller/detective theme, drinking cups of tea and napping!

Mike Hayes

Everton supporting Mike Hayes is married to Liverpool supporting Betty and they have three children and four grandchildren. They came to Balham in 2000 from Lancashire where Mike had been a Reader at Christ Church, Aughton. Mike loves preaching and leading worship in church and helping others to grow in the Christian faith in home groups. Mike has worked in urban planning across the UK and is currently a freelance planning consultant. He and Betty enjoy going to the theatre and taking opportunities to travel.

Helen White

Helen has served as church warden for 5 years then PCC secretary for 6 and is enjoying the new challenges training to become a Reader entails. Self-employed as an image consultant and married to Robert with two grown-up children, Helen has enjoyed being involved in the redevelopment of St Thomas’, helping to run and host Alpha courses and arranging celebration events for church and community. When she’s not busy colouring and styling people, she’s praying for and with them and can occasionally be found enjoying a game of bridge.