People

John Kirkland

Vicar

John was born in Leeds and went to University in Leicester where he came to a living faith in Jesus. After a year working in the Philippines, he trained for ordained ministry in Durham, where he met his wife Kate.

He served as a Curate in Knutsford and then became Minister at Holy Trinity, Spital on the Wirral and, when that became a separate parish, its first Vicar. He has been Vicar of All Saints since 1995.

As well as spending time with the family – John and Kate have four children - his hobbies include birdwatching, listening to music (it is an understatement to say that he is a fan of Bob Dylan!), following cricket, and reading.

Sam Durdant-Hollamby

Ordinand

Sam was born in Kent and after attending Chester university chose to adopt the north as his new homeland. He is married to Katy and has two children, Eva and Josiah.

Sam oversees Youth and Mission at All Saints. He is passionate about mission, preaching the word and seeing people of all ages filled with the Holy Spirit, discipled and set on fire for God’s mission in the world.

He loves sport and to his great credit supports Manchester United. Sam, along with Katy, also leads the ‘All Saints on the Groves’ missional community which aims to partner with God in seeing connection, community and freedom bought to those living at the top of the parish.

Sam is now a Pioneer Ordinand studying at St Mellitus College in Liverpool.

John Benson

Preacher

John was born in Wallasey and went to study Natural Sciences in Cambridge. He came to a real faith in his first term and stayed in Cambridge for eight years before moving to Trinity College, Bristol for his theological studies. He met Anita in Bristol and they were married in Singapore in 1980. They now have two grown up daughters and four young grandchildren.

He served curacies in Birmingham and Chester Dioceses before moving to Singapore in 1987 as the Vicar of St George’s Church. He remained in Singapore for more than twenty years, serving as Dean of Cambodia, Dean of Laos, Director of Training and Vicar of Chapel of the Resurrection. He continues to make regular visits to Singapore to help with training the clergy.

In “retirement” he is involved in preaching, leading a home group, and leading the Prayer Ministry Team in All Saints. He also has a wider ministry of preaching, teaching, mentoring and writing. In between he is kept busy by gardening, photography and building model boats.

Bill Holt

Reader

A Cheshire lad, as I was born in Lymm and later moved to Chester where I attended Secondary School. After University I became a Secondary School Teacher for 32 years, originally of Humanities but latterly of IT.

I came to faith in All Saints Youth Fellowship and have worshipped here for many Years!!!! Now I serve as Reader (since 1978), make delicious toast for Minis and coordinate the wider mission of the church. During my time I have seen God doing great things in All Saints and rejoice that He is continuing to do so.

In my spare time I exercise my dog, Evie so walking is one of my hobbies. Together we are a Therapy Dogs Nationwide visiting team where she brings joy to the residents of a residential home in the parish

Jeff Turnbull

Reader

Originally from the north-east, Jeff is a graduate physicist and began his working life teaching that subject. He was a teacher for eighteen years ending up as headteacher of a school near Huddersfield. Coming to faith through the ministry of a colleague and at a Guest Service in York led by David Watson, Jeff became a leader of young people’s work in his local church and was admitted as a Reader in Wakefield Diocese in 1986.

In 1991 he moved with his wife and three daughters to Chester where he took up the post of Diocesan Director of Education. His ministry involves supporting the 116 Church of England schools in the Diocese. In recognition of his service, Jeff was made a Lay Canon of Chester Cathedral. He is also Deputy President of the University of Chester.

Jeff and his wife Margaret now have three grandsons and although retirement now looms, his greatest delight is still to see young people learn about the Saviour of the world and come to faith in Him.

Vicki Bulgin

Church Warden and Reader

Vicki was born and brought up in South Wales. She studied music at Cardiff University and then the University of Cambridge where she did her PGCE. This was a milestone year as it was during this year that she became a committed Christian - though she had a church background prior to this.

Vicki then taught in Cambridge and later Bishops Stortford before moving to Chester in 1990 to teach in North Wales and she has been a member of All Saints since that time. She retired from teaching in 2008. Vicki was Music Director at the University of Chester from 2000 - 2015 and continues her love of choral conducting with the Chester Deo Gratias Choir which she formed in 2009.

When not busy wearing a number of different hats at All Saints, Vicki likes swimming, reading, doing puzzles and most recently, enjoying her (growing-up-far-too-fast) kitten, Freddie!

Steve Tynegate

Church Warden

Steve hails from Driffield, East Yorkshire and escaped to Newcastle to become a Chemical Engineer (now a FIChE); he later amazed himself by getting an MBA at Bradford. Steve spent his whole working life in the chemical industry, principally in management, and is now a pensioner, but has a personal objective to not watch day-time TV.

Steve is married to Julie and they have three grownup children, all of whom have flown the nest. They met and married in Bristol and have lived and worked in Paris and Norwich before coming to Cheshire in 1999, moving to Chester in 2011.

Steve found faith when 32, is a member of the Leadership Team, a Warden, a Homegroup Leader (with Julie), and part of the Messy team. He is involved in Alpha, and served in Café; Steve is also deeply involved with both Street Pastors and the Credit Union.

Since retiring Steve has taken over cooking duties and has gained a bit of a reputation for curries and cakes. They have a black Labradoodle called Stanley, which not only gets Steve out and helps him achieve his daily step target, but also provides an invaluable resource for one of his many front-lines!

Christina Beveridge

Church Centre Manager

Helen Dymond

Church Administrator

Helen took up the Church Administrators position on a temporary basis in 1998 and is still with us today, enjoying every aspect of her wide and varied role with no two days ever being the same!

She is married to Andrew and has three grown up children. In her spare time she manages the book-keeping for her daughters bridal shop in Chester, is involved with voluntary work for Parkinson’s UK Chester Branch and loves spending time with her family and friends.

Chantal Proctor

Finance Administrator

Chantal looks after our church finances in conjunction with Roy Greenwood, the church treasurer. She is fond of tea and cake and lives in a house full of people and song!

Peri Nightingale

Director of B-it Theatre

Peri was born in California USA and moved with her family to the UK in 2002. After growing up in London, she moved to Chester to be our Youth and Drama intern in 2011. After completing the internship, Peri was employed as a youth worker and drama teacher for the B-it Theatre Company to pioneer working with schools in the local area.

Peri, now the Director of the B-it Theatre Company, is passionate about using drama as a tool to build confidence in children and young people and show them the love of Jesus. She enjoys directing plays, writing sketches and playing drama games with kids. She continues to do Youth Work and serving on the All Age Worship team.

In her spare time, Peri enjoys socializing with her friends, cooking, baking and has a particular passion for salsa dancing

Helen Ellis

Families Work Coordinator

Although really from the south, Helen has lived in Chester since she was nine and has been at All Saints since she was a teenager. A lot of years! Helen trained as an early years teacher, went to be part of the Lee Abbey community in N. Devon for 3 years and then a permanent teaching job in Ellesmere Port. She married Jim in 1989 and they have 3 children, Rachel, Peter and Hanna.

After 13 years teaching, Helen and another friend set up Minis in 2002, straight after the Church Centre re-development. Some time after that Helen became the Families Work Coordinator and introduced Dinkies baby group, Messy Church and a number of other groups targeted at different families.

Building on her Lee Abbey experience, Helen’s passion is to build community, seeking to support families and to bring them into the community of God’s church. She shares with Jim a love of walking the Lake District fells, messing around on their narrowboat and, latterly, learning together the love of cooking that all three of their children seem to have, vegetarian or not.

Tabitha Heathcote

Children and Families Worker

Tabitha was born in Cambridge, lived in Oxford, Chicago and Chesterfield before attending university in Chester, where she met her husband Michael and first attended All Saints.

Tabitha is our children and families worker, longing to see children become living disciples of Christ, hungry for God and on fire for the Gospel. She oversees, runs and develops material for various children and families activities including; Messy Church, All Age Worship, Minis, and our Sunday morning children’s ministry.

Alongside her work at church, She enjoys baking, making and general creating!

Harry Warrell

Creative Media Supervisor

Currently studying for his Masters degree in Drama at the University of Chester, where he met his fianceé Steph. Harry also oversees and produces creative media and graphic design for All Saints.

Harry has served as a director with The B-it Theatre Company for the past 3 years, he is also passionate about leading sung worship and exploring fresh and creative ways of responding in praise to our Almighty God!

He is a keen follower of international and premiership rugby, as well as taking some tackles himself from time to time. Harry loves travelling too and has been on a variety of fundraising trips; having travelled to South Africa and looking to soon climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Christopher Wilkinson

IT Systems Developer & B-it Theatre Administrator

Born in Winchester, Christopher moved north with his family and grew up in Chester. Currently attending the University of Chester, studying Interactive Digital Media, he is heavily involved in the Christian Union and their events across the campuses.

Christopher oversees the church technical infrastructure including websites, servers and IT networks. He is an active member of our Worship and Multimedia (WAMM) team and can regularly be found as live sound engineer for our services, concerts and the occasional wedding.

He is also the administrator for the B-it Theatre Company and is often involved in the technological aspects of their productions.