Parish Of Cove Leadership

Meet our ministry team

Gemma Foster

Gemma Foster


Gemma is married to J and they have 2 children Imogen & Joel. Gemma didn’t grow up in the church but came to faith in her teens before going on to study at London School of Theology. After this she joined staff team of Soul Survivor Watford Church as an Assistant Pastor where she remained for almost 11 years, during this time she felt called to Ordination so left to do a curacy at St Paul’s Letchworth Garden City & All Saints in Willian. Gemma moved to Cove in Spring 2019 and is really excited about the future here in the Parish of Cove with the unification, launch of Christ Church and strengthening the family ties between Christ Church and St John’s as we move into this next chapter together. She is also working on a PhD looking at faith development and discipleship in young adults. Gemma is passionate about creating environments where people can engage with God, experience being part of a community and grow in their faith to become authentic disciples of Jesus. Gemma’s signature style is coffee mug in hand and chatting to someone.

Gemma’s role involves shaping the vision, strategy, culture and mission for the parish. She oversees the Sunday services, homegroups, children’s and youth work across the parish.

Gemma's email address is Gemma@ParishOfCove.Org.Uk

Gemma's Home Phone Number is 01252 209434


Steve Stewart

Steve Stewart

Associate Rector

Steve is married to Amanda, and they have three children (Shona, Tamsin, now with the Lord, and Hetty). Steve became a Christian at 17, not only rejoicing in my salvation but, over the years, by God's grace, having my faith ever more strengthened by the overwhelming weight of forensic evidence that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the Lord and the Christ. Prior to receiving a dog collar, Steve trained as an engineer, had careers in finance training, procurement and IT. During this time, Steve also led church youth groups, camps, holiday clubs and the church worship band, among many other ministries. Following his training at Oak Hill Theological College, Steve had a great curacy in Norwich, and has served in Cove since 2004, first as a Team Vicar and since 2019 as Associate Rector. Steve has a passion for Bible teaching and preaching to mature all in Christ, and is reading for a PhD looking at The Role of the Law of Moses in the Fourth Gospel. He enjoys great company and food, playing and listening to music, techy stuff and a good laugh.

Steve has responsibility for pastoral care across the parish and shaping and investing in the pastoral care team. Steve also invests in the preaching team and emerging preachers, overseeing ministry to the third age and you can glean some of his theological insight from deeper teaching series. He is also chaplain to the mayor.

Steve's email address is Steve@ParishOfCove.Org.Uk

Steve's Home Phone Number is 01252 513422