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Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff members.

Ministry Team

Roy   Tim
Roy Woodhams - Rector
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  Tim Clifford Hill - Curate
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Roy has been Rector of St. Nicolas since 2013,  Having trained for Ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Roy brings with him much experience from a former career in teaching and the world of music (he is an organist and pianist), as well as from previous incumbencies in rural Oxfordshire and the Parish of Fleet in North-East Hampshire.  Roy is passionate about sharing God’s love through the local church and community and will always make himself available to those who would like to talk.  Roy is also Area Dean of Cranleigh, and Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral and a member of The Cathedral Council.  Roy is married to Kate (who teaches in the local St Cuthbert Mayne Roman Catholic Primary School), and they have two daughters: Beth (who is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Meteorology at Leeds University) and Martha (who is a semi-professional singer and Customer Liaison Manager for an musical instrument auction house in London). Roy’s hobbies (in addition to his musical pursuits) include walking, travel, steam railways and cooking.


Tim is our Curate and, in this full time role, he assists Roy and the ministry team with ministering to the parish.
Tim trained at Sarum College and holds a theology degree from Durham University and a music degree from Canterbury Christ Church University.
Before training for Ordination, Tim had a portfolio career as a professional singer. He worked as a Lay Clerk in various cathedrals - including our diocesan cathedral in Guildford - as a soloist for oratorio and opera and as a singing teacher. 
He is married to Alexandra, a professional soprano, and they live in the Curate’s house with their young son, Henry.
Rutton   Tricia
Rutton Viccajee - Assistant Curate
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  Tricia Hislop - Honorary Priest
Rutton is our assistant curate, and a part-time SSM (self-supporting minister). He assists Roy and the ministry team with services and parish ministry.

Rutton trained at Guildford on the local ministry programme, was deaconed in 2018 and priested in 2019. Before training for ordination, Rutton ran his own Chartered Accountancy practice for many years. He now works part-time as Head of Finance for an IT company. He previously served at St Saviours Church Guildford and St Paul’s Church Tongham. He also has experience of other denominations. Rutton has a passion for mission and for pastoral care. He also hopes to start police chaplaincy soon. If you are interested in any of these areas, he would love to hear from you – just give him a call!

He is married to Kate, has a grown-up family, and lives in Ash Green, near Aldershot. His other interests include photography, playing his flute, and expanding his hand puppet repertoire!
  As a serving priest Tricia meets people in different situations, as she leads services of Baptism, Weddings and Funerals or at weekly services when needed, or being in the congregation at any service.  Each service is a unique occasion of meeting with God as a community of people and Tricia considers it an honour to serve as a priest.

Tricia believes there are two aspects govern being a Christian: Being aware of God, as expressed in Psalm 139: 1-18, and the practical purpose given by Jesus’ words at the end of Matthew’s Gospel – “Make disciples of all nations”.
Peter Poole - Honorary Priest   Emily Clark - Young People's Minister
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Peter was ordained in 1962 and served in various parishes in the Canterbury and Oxford dioceses. He did some teaching for a while, and in the nineties he was involved in Marriage Preparation and Guidance.

Peter has been retired for 21 years and helps out when he can in the parish. Peter considers himself a traditionalist in forms of worship but tries to present the Gospel in ways that ordinary people understand.


Young people are an important part of our worship and our community in Cranleigh and we are very grateful to have a great team of volunteers who help Emily to facilitate our work with children, young people and families at St. Nic’s.

We get up to lots including holiday clubs, youth group, our toddler group, bible study for mums, assemblies and RE lessons in our locals schools and more.

Have a look at the children/young people area for more information.

Judy Wedderspoon - Licensed Lay Minister  

There is no set pattern for what an LLM (Reader) is meant to do, though it became apparent soon after Judy's admission as a Reader some 5 years ago that she would mainly be asked to preach. 

Readers cannot take sacramental services such as the Eucharist, marriages and baptisms, but Judy loves taking Evensong, as she believes profoundly in the importance of services of the Word.

Judy also deeply appreciates the enormous privilege of taking Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable to come to church and is grateful to God for his late calling of her to this ministry.



Church Officers

Nicola   BrianB
Nicola Craven-Smith - Church Administrator
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Brian Boxall - Safeguarding Officer
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Nicola is delighted to have taken on the post of Parish Administrator and looks forward to assisting the clergy, congregation and the wider community in the day to day running of St Nicolas. Outside of work Nicola is Mum to her 5-year-old twins who do their best to keep her busy!
  Brian is the Parish Safeguarding Officer. He works with the PCC to ensure that the Parish applies the Diocesan Safeguarding policy and procedure. Brian ensures that members of the church involved with children and vulnerable adults are recruited correctly and trained to the appropriate level. He believes that the church should be a place in which the most vulnerable individuals, adults or children, are safe and feel supported. Brian continues to work in the role to help St Nicolas remain a safe place. If you have concerns, please contact Brian directly.
Susan portrait (002)   Mike
Susan Clarke - Church Warden
  Mike Roberts - Church Warden

Susan has lived in Cranleigh for over 30 years and has been a member of St Nicolas Church throughout that time. 
Susan works closely with her fellow churchwarden, the Rector and curate to ensure the smooth running of Sunday services, in particular arranging for welcoming people into the church, also addressing any concerns they may have. 
She ensures our activities and premises are covered by risk assessments and that our First Aid certifications are up to date. 
The church has many volunteers and committees who keep the church functioning and Susan strives to support them wherever possible with encouragement, practical help and in feeding back any ideas or problems to the Rector or Church Council.   

  Mike is one of the two Church Wardens whose line of responsibility as Bishop’s Officer is to be a critical supporting friend for the Rector. With the considerable support from a number of the church family the upkeep of the buildings is a principal concern as is the means of resourcing the ability to maintain the significant heritage that is St Nicolas. To this end Mike encourages the heritage to be owned by the whole village.
Equally important is welcoming newcomers to the church as more new residents arrive as a result of the development of new homes. There is a wide variety of skills and talents across the church family and part of the role is to welcome everybody to feel they have a part to play.
Sue   Michael
Sue Ansell - Verger   Michael Clarke - Director of Music

Sue has been Verger of St. Nicolas since July 2000 and thoroughly enjoys the job, although she sees it as a vocation more than a job.  Being Verger filled a big gap in her life after her husband died and Sue feels it has helped her to live again. Sue enjoys interacting with all our congregation members and has had many wonderful conversations and laughs over the years. 

Sue joined the Guild of Vergers in 2001 and have made many friends and have been to so many interesting places since then.  She is the Area Leader for our Branch and National Training Administrator, which she regards as a great privilege.

  Michael has been Director of Music at St Nicolas Church Cranleigh since 1992, where he plays the organ for most services, directs the choir and leads our music group. He has been performing, directing, arranging and composing music for over 35 years, with performing experience as a singer and oboist, violinist and keyboard player.

Michael is a practical musician with both a keen interest and qualifications in music theory, and a passion to help others deepen their musical knowledge - sparked by coaching his own children through their music examinations.
Paul   Rogan
Paul Jenkins - PCC Secretary
Rogan Dixon - Treasurer

The Secretary is appointed by the Church Council at the first meeting after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and at the same time as other council officers for a term of one year. The Secretary is responsible for setting the Agenda for Church Council meetings, taking the minutes, accurately reporting the decisions of the council, and publishing the same in a timely manner. Once a year the Secretary makes sure all the legal formalities for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting are met, elections are carried out and all that information is relayed to the charity commission, Guildford Diocese. The Secretary is one of the main points of contact between the Diocese and the Church council and works with the Rector to ensure the smooth passage of council business.


Rogan is responsible for the day to day operation of the Church finances along with a team of five. Rogan also sits on the Church's Finance committee who take a strategic view and are responsible for setting annual budgets and overseeing all aspects of the Church’s finances and their governance. Rogan, and his wife Lesley, moved to Cranleigh in 2019 from Guildford where they had worshipped at Holy Trinity and St Mary’s church for over 25 years during which time they fulfilled many roles and where Rogan was Treasurer for over 20 years.



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