Martyn Taylor


Martyn has served at St George’s since 1996 and been the Rector since 2003. He is married to Philippa and they have three children at the student/post student stage. Martyn leads An SDF church revitalisation project from St George’s with a vision to resource church growth in Spalding and Grantham in south Lincolnshire. He is currently rural dean of Stamford, a member of  General Synod and a canon of Lincoln Cathedral. Martyn enjoys classical music  and following the exploits of AFC Bournemouth.

Ben Topham

Associate Rector

Ben joined the team in 2020, supporting Martyn in the day to day running of the church and leading the staff team. He is married to Lenny and they have two children. Ben has a heart to see people who don’t know Jesus turning to him in faith, and seeing people maturing as disciples of Jesus Christ. In his spare time, Ben enjoys the outdoors (fishing, walking, camping) and anything techie (computers and gadgets).

Helen Leech

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Helen, a retired dental practitioner has been a member of St George’s for over 20 years. She is married to Ian and they have two grown up children. Before taking on the safeguarding role for the church she was a governor for our church school for ten years where she also took the safeguarding role.

Andy Acheson

Church Planting Curate

Andy joined the team at St George’s in July 2021, and is our Church Planting Curate, learning how to be a Vicar from Martyn and Ben, and preparing to lead a Church Plant into Grantham in coming years. Andy is involved in lots of areas of ministry life here at St Georges, but especially with our Worship Team and Newcomers ministry. He is married to Katie, and they have three young daughters and a very soppy cocker spaniel. Andy loves to talk about and sing about how good Jesus is, and how his light and love bring hope to this world. Andy’s passions involve song writing and spoken word poetry. Andy is sport mad, and loves watching Football, Cricket, F1 and NFL. He’s also a bit of a film buff and enjoys nothing more than an evening devouring a good crime novel, or twiddling around on the guitar.

Lorraine Wright

Associate Minister

Lorraine joined the staff team in 2018 and oversees our Alpha outreach.  She worked for 32 years in the IT industry and served as a lay minister for many years before getting ordained in 2014.  She has a heart for seeing people come to know Jesus and growing in their faith.  She enjoys travel, walking her lovely dog Cocoa, and relaxing over a coffee with friends.

Richard Knowles

Assistant Pastor

Richard joined the staff team at the beginning of July 2018 with particular responsibility for pastoral care and small groups. He is married to Sally and they have two boys. Before coming to St. George’s and beginning full time ministry, Richard was an elder at Bourne Baptist Church and worked as a Modern Languages teacher in Stamford and Spalding. He studied at Mattersey Hall Bible College for two years in preparation for joining the church staff team and in Sept 2020 began training for ordained ministry within the Church of England at St. Mellitus college.  Sally teaches Modern Languages at Spalding High School. In his spare time Richard enjoys music and sport.


Liz Power

Children’s and Family Minister

Liz has been the Children and Families Minister since 2019. A paediatric nurse for thirty years, she has spent her career working with children and families and is delighted to be serving the families of St George’s and sharing her faith in a child-centred way. She is mum to three grown up children and a little dog called Gwen.  With her daughter Mo, she runs a small charity called Starfish supporting children and families and spends her summers taking teams of people out to Uganda.

Alice Pinney

Youth Minister

Alice joined the staff team in August 2020 after working as a Civil Engineer. Alice has a passion to point young people towards Jesus and empower them to grow as disciples of Him. She is currently studying for a degree in Theology at St Mellitus College and loves to engage in a theological discussion over a cup of tea. Alice is a competitive swimmer, enjoys reading anything and everything and follows West Ham FC (which brings slightly less joy!).  

Deb Jones

Pastoral Worker

Debs joined the staff team as Pastoral Worker in July 2016 having previously worked as a counsellor in private practice.  She is married to Phil and they have 2 grown up children.  Debs has a heart to see people saved, healed and delivered.  She enjoys music, reading, long walks in the countryside and charity shops.

Koleh Rees


Koleh was born and raised in Zambia and has lived in England for over 20 years. She moved to Lincolnshire in 2007 when she married James (already was a member of St Georges Church).

Her passion is to know God and to make Him known, to live her life to be all that God created her to be to His Glory and Praise, she loves singing and listening to Christian music.

As a mother to 3 growing girls, Koleh works part time as a dental hygienist/therapist.  Outside of her fulfilling professional life Koleh enjoys the beautiful country side of South Lincolnshire, cycling walking with her family and entertaining!

Jaishan Mahan


Jaish and his family moved to Stamford in 2016 and have been active members of St George’s since. He is married to Carolyn, a languages teacher at Brooke Priory School in Oakham and they have two boys, Henry and Archie. Jaish is a GP and Medical Leader who has recently left the Regular Army after 22 years, although he still has a Senior Leadership role in the Reserves which he combines with clinical work in the local area. Jaish is a keen mountaineer, time expired rower and enthusiastic skier.

Simon Johnson


Simon has worked in the City of London for over 30 years in a number of roles, all of which are linked to helping hospitality companies grow and finance themselves. He and Rachel (and their now grown-up two children) have been at St George’s as visitors and members since before they were married 30 years ago. When not talking to pub and brewing companies he likes to sample their products and try to match their skills in the kitchen.

Clare Arthey

Operations Manager

Clare joined the staff team in June 2018 in the role of Operations Manager after many years working in industry. She is responsible for overseeing all the activities and operations that will facilitate the smooth running of St George’s church, the Hub office team, HR, church policies and compliance. Clare has been at St George’s for 27 years where she has been a volunteer in Youth and Children’s ministry since the 90s.

Becky Goff

Church Administrator

Becky joined the staff team in October 2018. She has had a varied career in administration which has included working in central and local government, charities, inner London schools and the private sector. She has been married to Colin for 25 years. Becky moved to Stamford in 2011 from London but spent most of her childhood and early adulthood in mid Norfolk.  Prior to joining St George’s she led a project to develop and improve the All Saints’ Church Centre for community use. In her free time she enjoys photography, walking and reading.

Joseph Caseley

Ministry Assistant

Joseph joined the staff team in 2016. He is originally from Stamford and returned to the town after studying Theology and Evangelism at university. Prior to that he completed a certificate in Christian Youth Ministry (JNC Youth Support Worker) with the Diocese of Peterborough. When time allows he enjoys watching a good TV drama and spending time with friends.

Louise Rose

Fresh Hope Project Coordinator

Louise oversees the Fresh hope ministry at St Georges church. She is married to Adrian and they have two young children. Louise has previously worked as a Youth project co-ordinator, and as a programme facilitator to reduce reoffending in Prison.

Simon Jary

CAP Centre Manager

Simon has been on the church staff since October 2011 when he became the manager of the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) centre. He is married to Jayne, a primary school teacher, and lives in Spalding.  He has three children and four young grandchildren. Apart from his passion to help those struggling with debt he also travels around the east region presenting about CAP’s ministries to agencies. He is a lifelong fan of Tottenham Hotspur and enjoys trying to keep fit at a local gym. He also enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Mark Beckett

Youth Placement Student

Mark joined the team in November 2019 and is on placement here whilst studying at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. He is on a three year course studying Applied theology in youth studies. He joining originally as a discipleship year student gaining experience throughout the church before deciding to embark on this new adventure. Mark enjoys all sports, particularly football (following Norwich City to the bitter end)

Sarah Marriott

Community Support Advocate and Administrator

Sarah joined the staff team in April 2021. Sarah’s responsibilities are community links coordinator in supporting Simon Jary and CAP and community advocate for both Simon Jary and Louise Rose, supporting them in their roles with admin and other duties. Sarah also looks after the reception area in the hub, answering the telephone and signposting queries on to the staff team. Sarah has been a member of St George’s church for well over 20 years, is married to Peter and has quite grown up children. Sarah is really excited to see what God has in store as the role grows and further develops.

Emma Marriott

Discipleship Year Intern

Emma is one of our two interns for 2022-23, learning and growing in her faith through teaching sessions led by the vicars of the church as well as hands-on experience through serving the church. She has a heart for working with children and enjoys worshiping God through music. She is a house plant lover and a tea drinker. Emma enjoys deep conversations and discussions about everything and is a passionate environmental enthusiast and vegan.

Naomi Lloyd

Discipleship Year Intern

Naomi is one of our two interns for this year, growing in her walk with God. She is exploring what God has for her and put on her heart through serving on the Team and discipleship teaching. She loves sport especially rowing and rugby. Naomi also loves listening to worship music.

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