Leadership Team

Vicar, Rev. Steve Bradford                                                             

Tel: 01303 211037
e-mail: stevejbradford@btinternet.com

Steve is married to Janice and became our vicar in July 2015.  Before becoming a vicar, Steve worked for Lloyds Bank for 23 years where he completed an MBA. He enjoys Scuba diving and playing bridge (not at the same time!), and is a qualified rugby referee.  Steve and Janice are really enjoying being back in Kent and getting involved in the life of Folkestone.



Curate, Rev Jo Purle

Tel: 01303 778506

e-mail: revjop@virginmedia.com

Jo joined us in July 2017, the day after she was ordained in Canterbury Cathedral. Before training in Bristol to be a priest, she worked as a specialist nurse in the kidney dialysis unit at Kent & Canterbury Hospital. 



Church wardens

Peter Edwards                                                                 

Tel: 07778-955788
e-mail: 2017pce@gmail.com 

Peter is a retired company director with a background in the newspaper industry in advertising. He is a Trustee of the Rainbow Centre, Folkestone, a Christian charity that helps local homeless people and those  in vulnerable housing situations.





Steve O’Neill                                                                        

Tel: 01303-892683
e-mail: wardensteve@hotmail.co.uk

Steve is a retired NHS manager.  He attends French conversation classes and loves skiing.  Hums Rachmaninov's piano concertos when times are tough.





Ruth Jones                 

Tel: 01303 246422
e-mail: ruthajones.stjohns@btinternet.com                                             

Ruth studied Theology and Missiology before moving to Folkestone in 1983 as Mission Aviation Fellowship’s Press and Communications Officer. She joined St John’s staff in 1995. An avid reader, she loves dance, tennis, music, University Challenge and Star Trek!



Children's, Youth and  Families Minister                                                       

Debra Lewis

Tel: 07367 544494

email: stjohnscyfm@gmail.com

Debra came to St John's from a Christian children's charity in Gillingham.  She works 20 hours a week and is involved in running Sunday Fun for school-age children during our main church service, some school assemblies during the week and our On Fizz youth group on Thursday evenings.




Reader and Treasurer                                            

Alex Finlow

Tel: 01303 245894
e-mail: alex@finlow.co.uk

Alex is a Chartered Accountant who has worked for Mission Aviation Fellowship UK for more than 17 years. He became a licensed Reader in 2010. As well as wanting the church to have excellent stewardship, he enjoys leading, preaching and all forms of worship.



Robert Grieve

Tel: 01303 252130
e-mail: robert.grieve24@ntlworld.com

Robert spent nearly 40 years in the hotel and catering industry and has been a Reader for 32. He’s worked with older people for 11 years and is passionate about the care and social engagement of the over 60s. He loves walking, music, reading and collecting old coins.



Frances Morgan

Tel: 01303 249992
e-mail: fmorganclan@gmail.com

Frances was a missionary and teacher in Nigeria for 30 years and has been a lay reader for many years. She is interested in Christian Liturgy and worship. She enjoys crafts of every kind.