Rick Stordy


Rick is married to Gail and they have a daughter, Rebecca.  He worked as a barrister for several years before training as a vicar in Durham.  After a curacy in urban Bradford, he moved to Chapeltown 16 years ago, and was Area Dean of Ecclesfield for four years.  He enjoys curries, running, walking, Bradfield Brewery ales and any thriller by John Grisham (though not necessarily in that order).

David Whitehead

Curate (part-time)

David is married to Anne and they have a son, Nick.  David studied for ordination at St. Hild College, Mirfield, and works full time as a hospital chaplain in Sheffield.  He is a 'self supporting' curate, working part time.  He loves touring in his motorhome, and bashing noisy things like his Djembe, as well as trying to keep up with Nick's world of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lego!

Carl Brooks-Plunkett

Youth & Families Minister

Carl arrived in Chapeltown in September 2016, after working as a church trainee in Cambridge and before that as a paediatric nurse.  He loves reading, running, dancing, cooking - and then eating what he's cooked!

Kirsty Dronfield

Youth Intern

Kirsty joined the St John's team as Youth Intern in September 2018, after teaching English in a school in Spain. 

Kirsty previously worked for The Oakes Holiday Centre and before that for the Charity Tearfund.

She is looking forward to getting involved with all that happens for Children and Young people here at St John's. Kirsty enjoys walks in the countryside, swimming and playing badminton.

Fee Battey


Fee is married to Paul and has 3 children, Stephen, Kathryn and Hannah. She has been our church administrator for many years.  She loves to sing and helps in the worship team; cooking, walking and reading (but can’t be doing with these electronic versions, a good paper copy is far better!!)

Tony Gardiner


Barbara Rodgers


Barbara is a widow and has a son Mark, a daughter Sally and three grandchildren Nathan , Alicia and Ava .  She took early retirement  from being  a  hospital receptionist  to care for her husband  Michael who had Lewy Bodies Dementia.  She enjoys going to the theatre and cinema, is a bit of a “Trekkie” and a big fan of Star Wars .  She loves to travel and has a round the world trip on her bucket list. 

Sylvia Charles

Pastoral Worker

Sylvia is married with 2 children and 6 grandchildren.  Following retirement from a legal career within the Health Service, she now pursues many and varied hobbies, no. 1 of which are the grandchildren!  After that, she loves gardening, home baking and producing handmade crafts which sell at Chapeltown market.

Ian Watson


Ian has been part of St Johns since 1986, and a Reader since 1990.  He is also an Assistant Warden of Readers for the Diocese of Sheffield.  He works for a large Insurance company , presently on the Health Claims Team; sings in a community choir and is passionate about modern history, reading, and definitely FOOD (especially Shepherds Pie).

Paul Ruddlesdin