Meet the Team

Canon Malcolm Rogers


Mal has overall responsibility for the leadership of St Gabriel’s. He’s also Area Dean and Bishops’ Canon for Reconciliation.

Rev. John Davis

Assistant Priest

John is a big part of St Gabriel’s assisting with services, preaching and teaching.

Rev. Lynne Connolly


Lynne co-ordinates our pastoral care ministry and is chaplain to our women’s group. She assists in the taking of services and leadership of the church. Lynne was ordained priest on Saturday 12th June 2021.

Angela Rowlands


Angela has oversight of our Healing Ministry and is a reader which means she is part of the ministry team and conducts services/preaches.

Rebecca Richardson

Schools and Youth Worker

Bec has oversight of our Youth Ministry. She’s also Huyton Deanery’s Schools and Youth Worker.

Jacqui Houghton

Child Protection Officer

Jacqui is our lead for child protection. If you have any child protection concerns or questions please contact her using the details on our safeguarding page. Jacqui’s ministry also includes being a manager of The Apple Trust.

Gwen Hogg

Older Person’s Ministry Lead

Gwen is our older person’s champion. She oversees and co-ordinates our lunch club and various other ministries.

Rhona Richardson

Head Verger

As our head verger Rhona oversees the team of vergers and sidespeople (welcomers) along with the sacristans. Rhona is also our DBS (Safeguarding) verifier. Rhona works for The Apple Trust, a ministry of St Gabriel’s supporting children and families.

Ste Richardson


Ste is a verger which means he helps keep the church in good order, is around for services and available to assist or answer questions and to ensure everyone is properly welcomed.

Julie Davis

Children’s Ministry

Julie co-leads our Sunday morning children’s ministry (JAM) with Alison Cruse.
Throughout the week Julie’s ministry is as the CEO of Hope for Children; an international children’s charity working across Africa & Asia.

Ron Brooks


Ron is one of our sacristans which means he takes care of our Communion Table/Altar. He has particular responsibility for our 9am Traditional Communion Service

Les Suddes


Les oversees finance and is a key minister within the life of the church. He leads on stewardship, mission spending and ensuring we have resources for maintenance. In the week Les works as a volunteer for the Citizens’ Advice Bureaux

Karen Harrison

Ministry Team Administrator

Karen works on a Thursday and supports the ministry team and deanery with their admin. She also produces the weekly sheet and posters/invites for events throughout the year.

Dianne Bargh

Gift Aid Secretary

Di’s role ensures folk are encouraged and able to give tax efficiently where possible to the church. She manages HMRC claims for gift aid.

Irene Wibberley

Church Warden

Irene is one of our two church wardens. She works closely with Malcolm to ensure everything runs smoothly, is well planned, safe and closely aligned to the Diocesan Vision of ‘More people knowing Jesus: More Justice in the World’

Suzy Leonard

PCC Secretary

Suzy clerks our church council and standing committee meetings and also assists with the production of the Annual Written Report. In the week her ministry is part of The Whitechapel Centre (a charity serving the homeless) in Liverpool. Suzy is also one of our Brownie and Guide Leaders.

Linda Bryan

Church Warden

Linda is one of our two church wardens. She works closely with Malcolm to ensure everything runs smoothly and well planned. Linda has extensive governance experience and is newly retieed.

Elaine Monaghan

Vulnerable Adults’ Co-Ordinator

Working as part of our safeguarding team and particularly with our pastoral care and older persons’ ministry leads, Elaine ensures our policy to support vulnerable adults is fully embedded and all concerns acted upon swiftly and appropriately. For more info see our safeguarding page. Elaine also helps lead our womens group

Jane Cardwell


Jane keeps the church clean and tidy as well being a co-manager of The Apple Trust – a ministry of St Gabriel’s and outstanding childcare provider. Jane is our ECO-Church champion.

Brian Monaghan

Safe Church Co-Ordinator

Brian acts as a ‘critical friend’ to all those involved with safeguarding in our church. He has extensive and senior professional experience in this area. In addition to his work at St Gabriel’s, Brian is involved in a number of charities in the Warrington area including those supporting the homeless and he sits on the safeguarding panel.

Christine Birkett

Verger and Follow Up

Christine works as part of our vergers team and also ensures those who make contact with St Gabriel’s (baptism etc) are followed up with cards. Her ministry also includes being a Trustee of The Apple Trust and assists in leading our Spirit youth group..

Dave Bargh

Electoral Roll

Dave maintains our electoral roll which is the official register of adult church members.

Keith Birkett


Keith works as part of our vergers team and assists in keeping gardens tidy in St Gabriel’s and the Apple trust. His ministry also includes being a Trustee of The Apple Trust – an outstanding childcare provider.

Alison Cruse

Children’s Ministry

Alison co-leads our Sunday morning children’s ministry.