Names and faces matter

We want you to know some of the faces you might see around the church. There are fourteen staff, eight vicars, a retired Bishop, four people known as LLMs (Readers) and lots of great people who worship God here. If everyone turned up one Sunday there would be over 800 adults and children! So, to get to know some faces do click on the tabs to the right.

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor

Simon’s interests include Jesus Christ, The Bible and Manchester United. He started life in Manchester, grew up in Richmond-Upon-Thames, moved to Sussex and has returned to his Surrey roots as Rector of Busbridge and Hambledon Church.

Catherine McBride

Catherine McBride

Catherine joined the ranks of Busbridge and Hambledon Church in May 2012. Despite having spent most of her life in the South East of England, Catherine was born in South Wales and so is genetically incapable of being anything else other than an ardent Welsh rugby supporter.


Margot Spencer

Margot was ordained in 2001 and spent almost four years as Assistant Minister in Wonersh and Blackheath, before returning to Busbridge in March 2005. She and Andy have lived in Godalming since 1974.

They have three married daughters and six grandchildren. In a previous life, Margot was a nursery teacher, practice manager of a GP surgery and church administrator at Busbridge – but not all at the same time! Margot leads the Contemporary Congregation (Busbridge) with Simon.


Andy Spencer

For most of his working life Andy has been involved in education, particularly on the pastoral and guidance side, but also teaching Geography and Religious Studies. He now works for the Diocese on a part-time basis as a member of the Core Team delivering the Local Ministry Programme which trains LLMs, ordinands and clergy.


David Mace

David was ordained as a vicar back in the dim mists of time. He has a background in the oil industry including being BPs Regional Director for Africa and Latin Amercia and has experienced many countries and cultures. He co-leads the Classic congregation with Andy and is also involved in aspects of the working of the Church of England […]


John Postill

John was ordained in 1967 and after ministry in Crawley, Bradford, Norfolk, W. Sussex retired in 2003 from Busbridge&Hambledon. For the past 7 and a half years shared in the ministry at Shottermill and returned to Busbridge&Hambledon in 2011 to help wherever and whenever required. Married for 50 years to Jeannie, John follows Hull City and Yorkshire County Cricket.


David Jenkins

David and his wife Elizabeth have been involved with the church for over 20 years. After a number of years of youth work; bowling, ice skating and other youthful pursuits, David took on a fundraising role for the church.He then trained as an LLM. In the last few years he has felt God nudging him on to do some more training to become an Ordained Local Minister (called OLM). He finished his course in 2012.


Karen Kinder

Karen has been attending Busbridge Church since 2008 and is married to Steve, with 2 children. Her role is part-time – she has a background in Marketing & Communications but took a career break after having children. Despite have moved over to the UK in 1999, she still occasionally gets mocked for her New Zealand accent.

Liz Gorst B & W

Liz Gorst

Originally from the Midlands, Liz spent most of her adult life as a PA in London. She met Steve and moved to Godalming seven years ago, and has one child. When attending the ABC Toddler Group, she was encouraged by two lovely ladies – Lorna and Clare – to come along to a Sunday service at Busbridge Church. The offer of a crèche was too hard to resist, and she was overwhelmed by the warm welcome she received in church; she has been a Classic girl ever since.
In her spare time, Liz enjoys training for the Godalming Run every year, and has recently taken up tennis again.
Liz became Church Office Administrator and PA to Rector in July 2015. Her role is part-time.

James Ellin b&w

James Ellin

James is married to Emma who is a really enthusiastic maths teacher. James really loves to cook, drink good coffee and tinker with his classic car. He grew up in the Midlands, but made the move south and met Emma in a church home group. He has been involved in youth work all his adult life and loves nothing more than sharing the love of God through Jesus with people, preferably over a meal or a coffee. They have a dog called Harris who likes forcing James to do exercise.