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PARISH OF COVE

Meet the Team

Here are the details for some of our PCC Members, Clergy, Wardens and Ordinands Team.
Gemma Foster

Gemma Foster

Rector

Gemma is married to J and they have 3 children, Imogen, Joel and Jasmin. She has been in church leadership for 16 years, starting as one of the pastors at Soul Survivor Watford, then after a call to ordination served a curacy at St Paul’s Letchworth and then joining us here in the Parish of Cove. Gemma is passionate about seeing everyone take the next step of their journey with Jesus, whether they have known Him for 50 years or have yet to meet Him! Gemma is often found with a coffee in her hand, she enjoys running and loves home improvement shows!

Phil and Anne Richardson

Phil and Anne Richardson

Associate Rectors

Phil and Anne have been married since 2007 and have a daughter called Ella and 2 cats. They have worked for the Church since before they were married, initially leading International Student work then FORM, a gap-year discipleship course for young adults at St Johns Westwood Church in Coventry. Phil then moved on to lead the lively Church plant “St Andy’s” where he served his curacy, also working with St Andrews, Eastern Green. Anne became the Church Together in Tile Hill Development Officer, helping to start a Job Club and Make Lunch Club and supporting community outreach before serving her curacy at St James Styvechale and St Mary’s Leamington Spa. We are so excited to move to back down south and be part of the amazing things God is doing in Cove. Anne likes baking, reading, art & craft. Phil likes football, running and videogames. We love people and love Jesus!

Gordon Thomas

Gordon Thomas

Clergy

Gordon is married to Marion with two adult children, Matthew (married to Beata) & Kerry, plus two young grandchildren, Oscar and Amelia. They’re his passions!

Well, one or two more: the church in Cove where they moved and have worshipped since 1970. As a retired priest able to minister, he loves meeting new people who are dipping their toes into God’s water, and playing his part in witnessing to the new and full life that Jesus brings. Gordon is involved in leading our mid-week communion services.

He also passionately believes that God loves his world, creation – and people. The call to justice and mercy in all life: racial, social, economic and environmental is fundamental God’s gospel (good news) perfectly seen in Jesus. And he enjoys walking, gardening, books, films and devouring the news – but not computers!

Martin James

Martin James

Clergy

Martin is married to Jean and is a member of clergy within the parish – although retired, he is involved in the ministry of the parish and is involved in leading our mid-week communion services.

Debi Rawlings

Debi Rawlings

Children’s, Schools and Families Worker

Penny Pidd

Penny Pidd

Assistant Church Warden

Penny has been worshipping in Cove Parish for 15 years. She has helped run children’s work at St John’s for 10 years. She enjoys singing in the choir whenever she can and loves singing in the musical productions. She has recently taken on the role of Assistant Church Warden and is also serving on the PCC.

Jeff Pyatt

Jeff Pyatt

Warden and Area Lead for Facilities

Born Staffordshire 1947.  Moved to South Africa where I met Roz and we married, worshiped and our daughter Alexandra baptised, in a small tin-roofed Church of England church in Johannesburg. 

After returning to UK moved to work in Kuwait and worshiped in one of only two Christian churches allowed. 

Returned to UK  35 five years ago and found a home in Farnborough and at St Christopher’s. 

Over the years I have been involved with the church family, serving terms on the PCC and a term as Church Warden. Along with many others, have maintained the church buildings. I have seen many changes, but still find that our journey together a wonderful fellowship in Christ. 

Tony Andrews

Tony Andrews

Warden

I am married to Claire and we both attend Christ Church, Cove. We have two daughters Katie and Emily, who are in their 20’s. I work as a Project and Office Manager for record UK and I am based locally in Farnborough.

I became a Christian about 22 years ago and used to worship at Southwood Church until the merger with St. Christopher’s to form Christ Church, a move which I have found to be very positive.

I have recently become one of the Wardens for the Parish and look forward to the exciting times that God has in mind for this Parish in the future.

Jacquie Snuggs

Jacquie Snuggs

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Hi, I’m Jacquie.

I am married to Terry and we have 2 adult sons, one of whom is married, and a large dog called Archie.  We have lived in Farnborough for the last 34 years.  I am now retired, but was previously a headteacher and then a social worker for disabled children.  I have been a member of Christ Church, formerly St Christopher’s , for about 25 years.  I am currently a member of the PCC and am also the Parish Safeguarding Officer.

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