Staff and Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff members.
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Revd Dr. John Walker   Revd Josias de Souza
Dover Team Rector

John came to faith in 1977 and was ordained priest ten years later and has served churches in the Diocese of Salisbury, Llandaff and Manchester before moving to West Kent in 2007 and then Dover in 2015. He wants to see people become spiritually fruitful and discover their own unique gifts and ministries.

John is married to Canon Jocelyn Walker, Canterbury Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Advisor. He has five grown up children, six grandchildren — and two wayward Dalmatians.

John has overall oversight of the Dover Town Team of Churches but also has particular pastoral responsibility for St Mary’s.
  Mission Priest

Josias joined the Dover Town Team from the Diocese of Recife in Brazil.  Ordained in 2004, he served as minister in charge of children’s and youth ministry in a large city church in which he saw a group of 10 teenagers grow to some 300 every Sunday evening.  He then served on the staff of Recife Cathedral implementing strategy and developing new mission projects.
He is accompanied by his wife Danielle and their children Daniel  and Leticia.

Josias oversees mission and evangelism throughout the Dover Town Team of Churches but also has particular pastoral responsibility for a new afternoon congregation.
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Revd Sean Sheffield   Jill Sarjeant
Assistant Curate

Sean joined the team in 2017, and was ordained Priest in 2018 as he continues his training to be a Vicar, having spent time at Trinity College, Bristol. Before he felt called to ministry he managed the UK and European Call Centres for a premium audio brand and enjoyed building teams that had a community feel within them.
Sean is married to Ruth, has 2 children and a wonderfully crazy Dalmatian called Angel. He is a cycling enthusiast, although doesn't get out and about as much as he would like which is in part due to the massive hills surrounding Dover!
  Team Development Officer

Born in Dover, Jill is married to John and they have 2 children and one granddaughter.  Jill started her working life at Barclays Bank. She then went on to be a librarian at one of the local secondary schools, where she also trained as a literacy tutor.   During her leisure time likes to read, cook and spend time with her family.

Jill’s main role is the Dover Town Team Development Officer, and she oversees the smooth running of our organisation and administration systems. She is also the St Mary’s Parish Administrator.
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Revd Trish Godfrey   Angie Stupple
Priest for Aycliffe

Trish was born in Dover and attended Dover Grammar School for Girls. She worked as a librarian in throughout East Kent before taking early retirement in 2007. She is married to Mike and has two children and grandchildren.

Trish’s faith was nurtured in the Methodist Church and a house church before joining St Martin’s Dover in the 1980’s where she was licensed a Lay Reader in 1994. She then felt called to the priesthood and was ordained priest in 2005, becoming a self-supporting priest at St Mary’s.

Trish has particular pastoral responsibility for the congregation at the Aycliffe Church Centre.
  Pastoral Care Co-Ordinator

Angie was born and grew up in Co. Kildare in Southern Ireland, where her family still live and to where she loves to return as often as possible. She moved to Dover after she finished her education and this is where she met and married Gerry. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Angie was welcomed into the Church of England in June 2011 and accepted for Reader training two years later. She completed the four year course in June 2018.It was during a period of interregnum that Angie felt the call to ministry. She is now a Reader for Dover Town Group Ministry and is the Pastoral Care co-ordinator for the group.

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