Meet the team

Revd Paul Cowley – Minister-in-charge

Paul Cowley photo for website

Paul is the Minister here at St Francis. He was ordained into the Church of England in 2002.  Paul has been on staff at HTB for over 21 years and was the Site Pastor of HTB Queen’s Gate for 8 years.  In 2005, he founded the charity ‘Caring For Ex-Offenders’ (CFEO), which helps local churches to support ex-offenders on release from prison, helping to equip them to reintegrate back into society.  Paul was awarded the MBE in 2015 from Her Majesty the Queen for ‘Services to Ex-Offenders’.  In 2014, Paul received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lord Longford Trust for his work in prisons. Alongside his work here, Paul also works as the Bishops’ Advisor for Prisons and Penal Affairs.  Paul is married to Amanda and has two children, Clinton and Phoebe.

Revd Sean Doherty – Assistant Minister

Sean is the Assistant Minister here at St Francis. He co-ordinates Deep and Wide, a monthly  discipleship session at St Francis aimed at helping people go deeper into God and wider into life. He became a Christian at Soul Survivor, and before ordination he worked for Barclays Bank and USPG, an Anglican mission agency. He likes detective fiction, curry and visiting National Trust properties. Gaby, his wife, is an evangelist who is passionate about Jesus and making him known. Gaby has worked or volunteered in church children’s ministry for over 15 years and brings the same passion and experience to St Francis.  She enjoys good food, good friends, and spending time with her family. Together, Gaby and Sean have four children.

Jean Elliott – Family and Children’s MinisterDSC_0257

Jean is the Family and Children’s Minister at St Francis. She loves  spending time with the many children and families who are part of the church and wider community. At Minibeats, our toddler group, she’s the one covered in paint or gloop or trying out a new recipe for playdough as she loves anything creative! Jean also seems to love any activity connected with food. In the first six months of her role, the children made bread, iced biscuits, tossed pancakes, mixed fruit cocktail drinks, designed vegetable animals and decorated biscuits. Happily, food features a lot in the Bible too, and that’s another thing Jean is passionate about ~ sharing God’s Story and how we can all be part of it. She enjoys writing stories as well as telling them; exploring London and walking in urban and rural settings, and especially by the sea.

Cathy Pitts – Church Administrator 10551125_1378664679110288_1411752896880840389_n

Cathy is an organisational wiz! She sorts out our building bookings, receives and responds to our emails, answers the telephone, and does pretty much everything admin related. If you’d like to book out St Francis for a party or event, Cathy is the woman you’re looking for!


Geoff Berry – Parish Evangelist

As part of the team sent from St Helens to St Francis, Geoff and Marilyn led the church during the interregnum. Their wealth of wisdom and experience are a super resource to the many things that St Francis is working toward.Marilyn coordinates the pastoral team. Together they are, and have been, a great anchor for the ministry in St Francis.


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