We believe in working together to get things done. The faces below (the ministry team, staff team and standing committee for those fond of jargon) represent a small segment of the many who invest in countless ways to keep our churches running and looking forwards. We couldn't do what we do without them - but neither could it be done without the many who sign up for rotas, help with kids and youth work, organise events, serve on the PCC, play music, visit, sing, serve at communion and give in countless other invaluable ways.

Rev Nick Widdows


Nick is first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ, and is committed to serving him in the church, in the community and in his home. He loves the church and is committed to seeing it grow, in all its forms, and in reaching out with the life changing good news of the gospel. He loves life and lives it fully, sometimes in the sea or on the cliffs, always on the lookout for an adventure, often with a noisy family and a neurotic spaniel in tow. 

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Rev Keiren Marwood


Keiren, an ex-policeman, is now following a different call to care for and protect others spiritually. He has a real heart for others and is a true pastor. He likes sailing, his garden, walking his dogs and a good bit of banter.

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Debbie Harris

Lay Reader

Debbie loves being busy in the community and in the church - she head up the prayer life of our churches and has a passion for the importance of prayer. This goes hand in hand with practical ministry and Debbie is heavily involved in the children's work at St John's and is on the preaching team. She enjoys time with family and a good giggle with friends.

Claire Widdows

Wild Church Lead

Claire really loves people, cake and stories. She thinks church is brilliant and is committed to building strong and creative links with our community. She is mum to George, Emily and Kit who are funny and feisty in equal measure.

Her heart is to see a vibrant and radical community worshipping Jesus joyfully together in every part of their lives.

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Caroline Marwood

Artist in Residence

Caroline helps us to use creativity to explore spirituality and theology through art. She likes creating beautiful things and spaces, is an excellent photographer and enjoys time in her lovely garden in the middle of the countryside.

Hannah Cole

Youth, families and children

Hannah oversees the youth, children’s and families work and feels so blessed to get to be part of Gods work in this area of our church family and our community. 

She’s married to Aaron and mum to Judah and dog Bear.  Hannah loves simple days pottering and playing at home, sharing food with others and creating things. 

Dan Lawther

Business Manager

Dan runs the cafe at St Ia and helps to manage the church building and to develop other ways of raising money as a church. He is committed to seeing the church communicate the good news of Jesus to our culture in a fresh way.

Jeffrey Williams

Principal Organist

Having spent 40 years living in Romsey, Jeffrey is delighted to have relocated to his native Cornwall with his wife, Diane. During his Hampshire years Jeffrey spent a large proportion of the time at Romsey Abbey where he established one of the largest all-male church choirs in the region He is happy to be actively involved in the musical ministry of St Ia’s. 

Emily Lawther

Worship Lead, Wild Church

Emily has a heart to see people meet God through sung worship. She loves her two dogs and exploring creation with them. She particularly loves the ocean and snorkelling. Emily spends much of her free time reading books and being in her garden.

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Stephen Vranch

Churchwarden - St Ia

One of our hardworking St Ia Churchwardens, Stephen has come to St Ives after an impressive career in Chemical Engineering. His dry wit makes PCC meetings bearable and he is a quietly impressive follower of Jesus.

Jo Grant

Choir and Music Events Administrator

Jo is a bubbly animal lover with a passion for music and helping others. She grew up in Worcestershire where she learnt the church organ and other instruments. She's had some interesting jobs, from working in TV and radio to looking after lions and tigers at a safari park!

Jo loves her role in the church and in her spare time, you'll find her at the gym, walking the cliffs, making films, skateboarding, playing the piano or with animals.

Chris Weston

Treasurer - St Ia

Chris is the treasurer at St Ia despite not being an accountant!  His day job is the Development Director for a Cornish Housing Association.  Aside from work and tending the accounts for St Ia Chris is also a Trustee of local charity - Transformation Cornwall - and enjoys cooking, gardening and canoeing.

Rev Samuel Marsden

Samuel spent much of his ordained ministry in Australia. He enjoys travel, writing and keeping busy.

He has embraced the opportunities of virtual worship and leads the weekly Zoom Eucharist at St John's. 

Rev Ray Webber

Ray uses some of his retirement to help celebrate communion and teach and St Ia. He is passionate about the church and also likes eating out, cruising and Cornwall!