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SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Rev'd Elaine Sutherland

Vicar

Elaine is married to Mark and they have three grown up children. Coming from a background in the United Reformed Church, Elaine was installed as vicar of Holy Trinity on 2 February 2020, having served as a member of staff and Associate Vicar for over 10 years. 

Rev'd John McGinley

Associate Vicar for Resourcing Church

John is married to Bridget with two daughters and Monty the springer spaniel. He is on the New Wine National Leadership team and helps oversee the Archbishops College of Evangelists. 

Rev'd Jitesh Patel

Associate Vicar for Training and Development

Jitesh moved back to hometown Leicester from Southsea in 2018. He is married to Bridget and is also Associate Director of St Mellitus (East Midlands). Jitesh oversees our teaching programme and the development of our preachers. 

Stephen Gorton

Director of Operations

Stephen is married to Cathy with two young children that keep them busy! He's been in post since 2012 after moving from a career in IT. Stephen oversees all practical areas of church life, including the building projects here and at Holy Apostles church. 

Alex Scott

Associate Minister, 0-18s

Alex is the longest serving member of the HTL staff team! He is married to Anne with two older children and a cat. From 2016-2020 Alex has headed up Week 2 of the Boulder Gang venue at New Wine United Summer Gathering. He is author of several Easter & Christmas plays that are performed to over 8000 children each year and is probably the funniest member of our team!

Rev'd Dave Hendra

Curate

Dave is married to Boo with two young children. They moved to Leicester in 2016 for Dave's curacy post. He is also one half of the band Eikon. 

Rev'd Jenny Ridge

Curate & Minister at Holy Apostles

Jenny is married to Dave and they have two grown up children plus multiple grandchildren. After completing her theological study at St Hilda's college, Jenny has been leading Holy Apostles Church in the west end of Leicester. 

Simon Braker

Associate Minister, Prayer & Prophetic

Simon and wife Joe moved back to Holy Trinity  from City Gates church in 2015. Trained at Kingdom Faith Bible College, Simon is a respected international prophetic voice and his ministry Legacy Minitstries International is part of the apostolic network Harvest International Ministries.

Rev'd Chris Szejnmann

Curate

Formerly a Professor of History at Loughborough and Leicester Universities, Chris completed his theological study at St Mellitus in summer 2019 and has been curate at HTL with a focus on the Discipleship Year programme and developing a ministry to international students. He is married to Kate who is an ordinand at Holy Apostles Church.  

STAFF TEAM

James Banks

Deputy Operations Manager & Head of Production

Paul Betts

Ordinand

Nikkie Bliss

Finance Manager

Emma Cook

Media & Comms Intern

Karen Davis

PA to Stephen Gorton

Susan Exon

Assistant Minister for Prayer & Prophetic

Tabz Fogg

Youth & Children's Worker

Mandy Forrest

PA to John McGinley

Steve Fryer

Premises Officer

Damares Gomes

KCH Manager

Dan Jones

Compassion Intern

Nando Lopes

Worship Intern

Pedro Neto

Worship Pastor

Bridget Patel

Assistant Minister for Compassion

Lucy Pendlebury

Students Intern

Matt Pidgeon

Assistant Minister for Mission & Discipleship

Cameron Plant

Youth & Children's Worker

Marie Schneider

Assistant Manager KCH

Esther Watts

Youth & Children's Intern

Lois Young

Student Worker