When we talk about St Nicholas Church, we don’t mean the building… and we don’t mean the staff team… we’re actually talking about all of the people in our church family! We think it’s helpful for you to see the faces of those on our staff team here at St Nic’s, but there are many, many faces that make up the church and who all play an important role in our life together.
I’ve been Rector at St Nicholas since 2001. My role is to keep us focussed on the Lord Jesus Christ in everything we do as a church family so that we hear Christ’s voice and are continually shaped by His love and compassion. I’m married to Sue who teaches part-time at Sevenoaks School.
The gospel says something, but it also does something. My privilege as Congregational Pastor is communicating the grace of Jesus Christ and growing us in the kind of relational beauty that the gospel displays to those around us. I am wonderfully supported in this by my wife Helen, and our Congregational Leadership Team.
I came to know Jesus as a teenager as I let go of trying to earn acceptance with God and my heart was won by what Christ had done for me through his death and resurrection. As Congregational Pastor, I love to see Christ dwelling in others as they increasingly grasp the dimensions of the love he has for them.
I am passionate about reaching out with the amazingly good news about Jesus’ death and resurrection. I love serving at St Nic’s where there are so many opportunities to equip the church in evangelism and doing good to others. I serve at our Lady Boswell’s congregation which meets in a school and so feels a little different to a typical church service.
I was born and grew up in South Africa, before moving to England in my early twenties. It was revelation to me (no pun intended) when I discovered that we can know God because he speaks to us by his Word – and that he speaks to us because he loves us like a Father loves his children! I love seeing how God is at work, bringing all kinds of people together week by week as we come to know him better as we gather around his Word.
I continue to be bowled over by God’s great love for the real me! I see it as a real joy and privilege to spend time opening the Bible with women, walking with them and helping them to see, know, love and live more and more for Jesus in response to God’s great love for them.
I have been Youth Minister at St Nics for many years but continue to delight in helping young people to know and live for Jesus. I believe passionately that through the gospel preached and modelled, Christian teens can grow to trust and love Christ, to build lasting Christian friendships and grow together to serve Christ in the world.
I have had the joy of serving with our StNics@ LadyB’s congregation since 2018, teaching the Bible to women and children and training them in gospel ministry. I’d love to catch up for a coffee and a chat with any women who are interested in getting to know Jesus better.
I have worked in finance, construction and education, learning skills which are now essential in my role as Operations Director. I love the diversity of my role, working alongside all the congregations and serving as part of the Ministry Support Team. My door is always open so do pop in for a chat.
I walked unsuspectingly into the church office in 2003 with some photocopying and was asked if I’d like to consider joining the team – I’ve been here ever since (not quite literally!). I now provide part-time administrative support to Angus as Rector. It is a privilege to serve the work of the gospel at St Nicholas and beyond.
It’s a privilege to be able to serve the church that I’ve been part of for most of my life. As part of the support team since 2021, I have enjoyed the varied role, meeting the different people we come into contact with and furthering the gospel in our community.
Jesus himself says ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’. As Children and Families’ Minister it is a privilege to partner with parents to proclaim Jesus to children across Sevenoaks to raise the next generation of disciple making disciples.
It’s a real joy to serve on the staff team here at St Nic’s. There’s lots that I love about my role, but I’m especially excited about communicating the good news of Jesus (the best news ever!) in creative and visual ways and continually trying to improve how we do that.
Something that’s a continual source of joy in my life is the fact that Jesus knows even the darkest parts of me, yet loves me unconditionally. I want to help others see that they too can experience an intimate relationship with Him, and that He is infinitely better than anything else the world has to offer.
Jonny van Es
In the last few years I’ve come to see that God has loved and served me so much, and I’ve realised how much joy it brings to serve God. I particularly enjoy digging in to the Bible to understand it deeper and then sharing that with others through Bible studies and talks.
It’s a real privilege working part time at St Nic’s as Facilities Manager. Not only is it an amazing opportunity to serve the church family and its workers in the work of the gospel. But allows me time to serve in sharing the gospel as a freelance street evangelist the rest of the week.
St Nicholas Parochial Church Council (PCC) has the responsibility of cooperating with the incumbent, the Revd Angus MacLeay, in promoting the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical in the ecclesiastical parish and beyond.
Members of the PCC are either ex officio (because they are clergy or due to being members of general or diocesan synod), elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) or co-opted by the PCC during the year in accordance with the Church Representation Rules.
Rev Canon Angus MacLeay
Mr Robert von Kaufmann
Mr Giles Witchell
Mr Mark Brennan
Mr Andrew Coates
Mr John Collett (Treasurer)
Brig Ian Dobbie
Mr Stefano Duranti
Mr Peter Harlow
Mr Tony Jennings
Mr Gerald O’Brien
Rev Jamie Read
Rev Nic Ross
Mr Peter Scott
Rev Matt Taylor
Mr Mark Walkington
Mrs Katie David
Miss Beverlea Parkhill
Mr Leo Sint Nicolaas
Mr John Khnana
Mrs Sue Stimson
Mrs Helen Crusher