Meet the Team: Staff and Leadership at Trinity Churches

Meet the Staff Team

phil cansdalePhil Cansdale is vicar of Trinity Churches, a role which includes leading the staff team and overseeing the 1045 congregation at Holy Trinity. Originally from Bristol and coming via Pakistan, Oxford, Canterbury and Wolverhampton, he has been in Shrewsbury since 2009. Married to Tracey – who he describes on any application form as his greatest asset – he has three children, Lottie, Hamish and Barney. Phil has many aspirations in life. Ideally he’d love to play the piano like Jools Holland, cook like Jamie Oliver, and explore the world like Bear Grylls. Given the extreme likelihood of failing in all three, he will settle for being a loving husband, a great dad, and a fruitful church leader.

Charlotte GompertzCharlotte Gompertz is curate at Trinity Churches. She is married to Adam (who is also ordained) and they have two children, Noah and Molly. Charlotte has a background as a mental health nurse and as a youth and children’s worker in various churches for Coventry to Lymington and some others in between! She has moved to Meole Brace from Lichfield , having trained for ordination at St. John’s Nottingham. She is dreadful at housework, is a descendant of Spencer Percival (Google him!) and has an aversion to seafood. She enjoys walking her dog, Ripley; cross stitching Star Wars characters and is just a little bit obsessed with ‘Doctor Who’.

DSC_0461Valerie Pitt is an Associate Minister at Trinity Churches, with a particular role overseeing the 9am congregation at Holy Trinity and includes some ministry on the Meole Estate. Valerie champions the cause of the elderly in the parish. She enjoys a good chat over a cup of tea and she also keeps an eye on our monthly Trinity Table lunch. Valerie is married to John and they have five children and an increasing number of grandchildren. Valerie also enjoys singing and conducting the Christmas choir, as well as gardening, walking and playing with their grandchildren.

DSC_0436Charles Ruxton is an Associate Minister at Trinity Churches. Sometimes seen as old and wise, he is actually rather childish, though you have to get to know him to see that (ask his wife, Sylvia). He is known to spend time wondering how it might be possible to pray, as well as actually praying. He earns his living by running a successful small business doing pollution testing and cleanup and spends spare time with family, whistling folk tunes, hill-walking and going sailing when he can. Sylvia and Charles have a small retreat house attached to their home.

DSC_0480Gordon Lamb is the Pioneer Community Minister for Trinity Churches since his arrival in September 2013. Married to Jane they have four children who live in the four corners of the UK. They enjoy walking and caravan holidays, but their deep passion is in engaging with people of the community who would have been called ‘foreigners and aliens’ in the Bible. You may well find them ‘loitering with intent’ across the parish, engaging with people, encouraging them to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

DSC_0429Matt Guilder is Youth Minister at Trinity Churches.  He has been on the staff team since September 2013.  Matt is married to Jenny, they have two children called Ben and Abi . Matt heads up the ministries with young adults and youth people across our parish. This includes our Youth Community Groups, Life Groups and Church Groups. Jenny and He also host the 18-30’s small group. When not doing youth work, Matt loves spending time with his family, he is a huge fan of parkrun and loves to talk about running. He also loves watching comedy, and will tell you that he has performed in a few stand-up comedy gigs.

matt.guilder@trinitychurches.orgMatt’s day off is usually Fridays.

DSC_0409Judith Clarkson is the Children’s Minister at Trinity Churches and has lived in Shrewsbury and been a member of Trinity Churches with, husband Steve, for over 20 years. She has 3 grown up children who have all flown the nest and spread far and wide. She has had the role of Children’s Worker for the last five years and enjoys all the variety and challenges of the job, working with families and children in the church, local schools and community. Walking in our beautiful countryside or playing music are the ways she spends her spare time when not visiting family and friends and she can often be found in bandstands during the summer months either playing the clarinet or wielding the baton trying to keep order.
Judith.clarkson@trinitychurches.orgJudith’s day off is usually Fridays.

DSC_0458Carol Booles is the pre-school worker. She is married to Keith, they have lived in Shrewsbury for many years and their three children have grown up here. She runs  the toddler groups First Steps (Radbrook) and Trinity Tots (Meole Brace). Her role includes supporting those families bringing their children for baptism and when required she runs various crèches for outreach activities.  Carol has recently been authorised as a lay minister with pastoral responsibilities.

carol.booles@trinitychurches.orgCarol’s day off is usually Wednesdays.

William Small is Operations Manager.



Ellie Jones is Administrative Assistant who works Thursdays and Fridays for 10 hours a week. She is currently on her gap year and is going to be studying at Swansea University next year to do history. She has lived in Shrewsbury her whole life with her mother, father and sister and says that she will be sad to leave when she goes off to University. Her favourite things to do include: playing netball, spending quality time with family and friends and watching an abnormal amount of documentaries.


Jenny Jones is Finance Assistant who works 10 hours a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. She has worked in Finance for many years, previously with Shropshire Council and Shropshire Youth Association. She is a local “girl” having lived in Shrewsbury most of her life, and attended the Priory School. She is married to Brian and they have a grown up daughter named Claire. She enjoys walking in the Shropshire Countryside, spending time with family & friends, and helping others.

Helen Hinton is Events Manager at Trinity Churches.  Helen grew up in Lincolnshire and moved around the Midlands before meeting and marrying husband Mike (Maintenance Supervisor)  and settling in Shrewsbury in 1988. She is a Mum and a Gran and has been a member of Holy Trinity since 1994.  Helen began working at the Trinity Centre as a volunteer Welcome Assistant when it opened in 2008 and has grown into her current role of Events Manager. She enjoys woolcraft, music and spending time with her ever-growing family and her three cats.

Corinne Ashton is one of our Welcome Assistants for the Trinity Centre. She has lived in Meole Brace for over 30 years, with twenty years of youth and community work experience and a passion for people to know God’s love for themselves.  Corinne enjoys providing welcome and hospitality in Jesus name since the Centre opened it’s doors in 2008.  She has honed her self-discipline by resisting the many opportunities to eat the cakes available in the Centre and is often seen cleaning, chatting and praying for Centre users.  She is also a member of the Trinity Centre Management Committee. Corinne is passionate about equipping the church and youth in prayer and prophecy at both local and national level.  She enjoys having fun, walking in the Lake District, swimming, skiing and cooking and has three poems published.

DSC_0458Carol Booles is one of our Welcome Assistants for the Trinity Centre. She is married to Keith and they have three children. She works as part of the team offering hospitality and welcome at the Trinity Centre and finds the role varied but very rewarding.  Being a Welcome Assistant gives Carol the opportunity to share God’s love with people through our actions of serving them.

Hannah Lins and Fi Iddon are third year ordinands at Trinity Churches. Training at St Melitus Liverpool, and also working with Bishop Mark across churches in Shropshire, they are expecting to be ordained in summer 2017.

Lissi Small is one of the co-managers at Cafe Connect.  She is from Sweden but her accent is from South Africa where she spent quite a few years. She came to Shrewsbury 4 years ago with her husband William who is Operations manager at Trinity Churches, and their little dog Molly. Their four children are scattered between Sweden, England and Spain and so far they have three grand children. Lissi fellowships at St George’s in Frankwell and pays visits to the evening service at Trinity from time to time. in her spare time she likes to take long doggie walks, sew, paint and read

Dave Aberley is the other co-manager of Café Connect.

Mike Haddaway is Parish Warden for Holy Trinity Meole Brace. He joined Holy Trinity Church in 1980, along with his wife Judith and 18month old daughter, Louise, when they moved to Shrewsbury from our home in Chirk, North Wales. Louise is now a GP in a Practice in Bethnal Green, London, with a husband Tim and two lovely children, Nathan (7) and Freya (3). They also have a son, Neal, who is an environmental biologist, and has been working in Stockholm for almost 2years, moving there from Bangor, North Wales. Judith is a retired Physics teacher and Mike retired from his job as a Medical Physicist, at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, 3yrs ago. So their mealtime conversations are fascinating! Judith is involved in heading up the flower arrangers in church, and as a grandmother, and they both enjoy the opportunity to spend time in our garden. Mike originates from London and Judith hails from the Wirral on Merseyside.”

Judith Drury is Parish Warden at the Church of Christ the King Radbrook Green. Judith has worshipped there since ‘the great walk’ from Holy Trinity to plant the church in Radbrook Green 13 years ago. She is married to Bill and has two children Will (married to Liz and Dad to Rebecca, an engineer like his Dad) and Emma (now up in Middlesbrough…a physio and youth leader in her church). Judith works in prison chaplaincy as a volunteer, has a heart for Restorative Justice, and attempts to order her life but is, more often than not, unsuccessful! She loves sport and tries to keep fit, loves gardening, loves being outdoors and loves connecting with people but is not a great talker! Take her to an Italian restaurant and she is happy, give her a Nigel Slater cook book and she will keep you happy, watch a good film with her and she will be content, take her shopping and she will soon be fed up and suggest coffee!!

Erica Staples is District Warden for Holy Trinity Meole Brace