Meet the team

Leadership Team

Tim Hayes - Vicar

Originally from London, Tim has been at St. John's since 1993. He is a "born again northerner" who emigrated North to the University of Liverpool where he did a degree in Political Science. From there he worked in Bradford then time back at theological college in Nottingham and then to a church in Chester before the move to Dukinfield. He is married to Kate who is originally from Sheffield, which means they support Lancashire in the cricket unless they are playing Yorkshire. He loves classical music, real ale and Indian food. Tim enjoys walking and climbing and anything to do with mountain sports. Tim and Kate's guilty pleasure is that they are Star Trek fans.

Tim is passionate about sharing and preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and of building a biblically rooted church which connects to the whole community and especially those who are not necessarily religious or church goers.  He is also committed to growing a church which, though locally focused, also shares a global concern. He travels periodically overseas, speaking and teaching alongside Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in India, Malaysia, South Africa, USA and the UK.

Stuart Phillips - Associate Minister

Stuart is a proud Welshman who grew up in Cardiff. He has been Associate Minister at St Johns since 2002.

In a previous life Stuart was a Tax Inspector for HMRC in Cardiff whilst being actively involved in a Brethren church in preaching, children’s and youth work. In 1984 he spent a year in Sweden studying at The Capernwray Torchbearer’s Bible School, followed by doing a Theology degree and Diploma in Pastoral Studies at London Bible College, and later completed an M.A. in Church History at Trinity College, Bristol. He pastored a Baptist church in Tredegar (South Wales), and a Congregational church in Dukinfield, before becoming part of the leadership team at St Johns.

At St Johns, Stuart oversees the small group network, and is also involved in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and leadership training. He is married to Sue, and they have 3 grown up children, and a faithful cocker spaniel. Outside of church, Stuart likes playing squash, watching football, cricket, and rugby (especially Wales!), walking with his wife and the dog, and still retains a sad interest in trains and model railways.

David Carter - Executive Pastor

David has lived in nearby Stalybridge all his life, apart from three years spent at University, where he studied Modern Languages.  He married Christine in 1979 and they have two grown-up sons who also live in the area.  His interests include theatre, most types of music and football.

David & Christine came to St John’s in 2001.  In their time here they have been involved in establishing a Welcoming team and in small group leadership, and have served as members of the PCC.

David became Churchwarden in 2007 and in that role was part of the team which oversaw the building of the new church centre.  He became PCC Treasurer in 2013 and, after nearly 40 years working in social housing, took early retirement in 2015 to take up the role of Executive Pastor at St John’s.  This was a new position within the church and involves supporting the staff team, PCC and ministry leaders in ensuring that every area of ministry is shaped by our core purpose - which is ‘to transform lives and communities by bringing people into a living and growing relationship with Jesus Christ’.

Pat came to St John’s to do a placement in 1997 prior to being licensed as a “Reader” in the Church of England and is still here having abandoned her plan to retire to the Llyn Peninsula!

As  a secretary for most of her working life she inevitably has a background of church admin., as PCC Secretary, Secretary to a succession of Vicars, Church Warden – the list goes on.  Her passions nowadays are prayer, excellence in leadership and justice.  She heads up the prayer ministry team and believes that everything that the church does should be built on a foundation of prayer.  She feels strongly that all leaders should be encouraged and supported so that they can give of their best and maintain their spiritual health since burnt out leaders can’t produce fruitful ministries. In her role as the Tearfund Church Rep she spends many happy hours counting “loo-se change” donated by members of the congregation to the Toilet Twinning scheme.

She enjoys listening to classical music, reading, watching tennis (unless Andy Murray is losing) baking and eating cake.  She can often be seen walking through the streets of Dukinfield with her pet spaniel dreaming that they will find the Welsh mountains and sea round the next corner!

Chris Viney - Curate

Chris was born in Ashton-u-Lyne but has lived in Dukinfield almost all his life. He came to St Johns church as a teenager when he joined the Youth Club where he met his wife to be, Kath. They married at St Johns in 1977 and have two grown up children.

Now semi retired from his profession as a Certified Practising Accountant, Chris was called to Ordained ministry in 2013, and was appointed Associate Minister at St James, Millbrook in 2017. He previously served St Johns as a Lay Reader from 2005 to 2013 and has been the leader of one of the St Albans Project teams since 1997.

Chris has a passionate desire to see lives transformed for Christ.

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Ministry Team

Ben & Hannah Hayes - Youth Leaders

Ben and Hannah have been a part of St. John’s for many years and run ROCK SOLID on a Sunday morning as well as the FUSION team.

Ben spent three years at the University of Sheffield studying History and then completed a Masters in Medieval Studies at Manchester University. He now works for Citizens Advice, based at home in Stalybridge. As well as history, Ben loves football and cricket!

Hannah stayed at home for university and during this time worked as part of the FUSION team. She is now a Music teacher at Audenshaw School and from September 2016 spends one day a week volunteering in the church centre for FUSION. In her spare time Hannah loves playing the piano, watching House and walking her cocker spaniel, Millie!

Ben and Hannah got married in July 2014 and have two rabbits, Clem (Attlee) and Nala. 

Denise Connolly - Children's Ministry coordinator

Denise is a ‘Duky’ girl born and bred. She is married with four grown-up children and a gorgeous granddaughter. She works as a learning mentor in a local primary school and has headed up the children’s ministry at St John’s for a number of year, during which time she studied for a BA in Mission and Ministry (Children and Youth) at Cliff College, Derbyshire.

Denise loves to sing and is part of a community choir, whose performances raise money for local charities. She also enjoys: walking, reading and spending time in various tea shops in the Lake District.

Trevor Green - Care Homes Ministry Coordinator

Born and brought up in south Manchester I joined a family business after school, working there for 18 years before hearing God’s call into Ordained ministry. I became a Christian on a Youth camp in Scotland in 1964. I studied at Oak Hill College in 1981 and served my first living in Stalybridge before moving to Chester for 16 years.

Now retired I help out in local churches when asked and also represent Open Doors in the Manchester area and take opportunities to speak up for the persecuted church. Married to Elaine in 1968 we have 4 grown up married children and six grandchildren. I enjoy walking and photography. My role at St John’s is to co-ordinate the Care Homes Ministry Team, going into three Care Homes each month with a great team of people. If you are interested please get in touch.

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