Our Team


There are so many people at The Lantern who help to make things happen.  Below is a chance to meet our staff and senior leadership team. They would love to get in contact with you if you have any enquiries! 

  • John Miller - Church warden

    John loves all things techie and is still seeking to hit his first hole in one on the local golf course. He is married to Mandy and they have three children - the oldest at uni. He is an ops manager for a local company and is already looking forward to retirement in 20 years time. 


    T: 01202 848382

    E: john@millermadhouse.co.uk

  • Katherine Stickland - Church warden

    Katherine is married to an engineer, David, and they have three children under 6.  One day she looks forward to sleeping, finishing a conversation with an adult and never watching CBeebies ever again. Joys include french comedies, stationery shops and she loves seeing how God transforms broken lives through  the local church.


    T: 01202 986370

    E: katherine.stickland@gmail.com


  • Phil wade - Leadership Assistant

    Phil and his wife Annabel joined the Lantern family a year ago, they both enjoy walking and playing music. Phil oversees several ministries including the worship team, life groups and courses such as Alpha and Freedom in Christ. He is passionate about the transformative power of the gospel and the freedom that can be found through knowing Jesus. 


    T: 07722160501

    E: worship@thelanternchurch.org


  • RUTH GRIST - CHILDREN's & FAMILIES' PASTOR

    Ruth moved here from Portsmouth in 2010 with her husband Perry, who teaches maths at a local school, and they have 4 children the youngest which is now 18. Ruth has led children's work for many years, including heading up 'Rock Solid' at New Wine  and is passionate to see children and their parents connect with God.  


    T: 01202 883309

    E: kids@thelanternchurch.org

  • Jared Littlewood - Youth Worker

    Jared is our youth worker at the Lantern. He loves classical music and football. He has a passion for young people connecting with Jesus after being converted himself in the salvation army through their youth ministry. Get in contact with Jared about the pulse,  life groups, schools work and anything youth! 


    T: 01202 883309

    E: youth@thelanternchurch.org

  • Sarah tyndall - operations & Events

    Sarah has been part of The Lantern since 2008, and joined the staff team in 2015. She is married to Al and they have three children . With a background in hospitality management, she loves to run special events and gets unusually excited about table sprinkles and layouts.  She also bakes a mean muffin (among other things).


    T: 01202 835881

    E: ops@thelanternchurch.org

  • Karen Clift - church office

    Karen is married to Richard and is a busy mum with three children. She is our church administrator and manages the day to day enquiries that are asked of the Lantern. Karen loves zumba and gardening. 


    She can be found in the church office Monday - Friday from 9am - 1pm


    T: 01202 887733

    E: info@thelanternchurch.org

  • Tony & Roz Hanson - Seniors outreach

    Tony’s passions are sea fishing and photography. After working for 8 years for a charity, setting up and running 20 weekly friendship clubs for older people. They are now Coordinating The Lantern Shine Network. Along with an Action Group, they are helping the church reach out to those in “the second half of life!


    E: raahanson@hotmail.com

  • GARY ELSON - TREASURER

    Gary is married to Jenny and they have a teenage daughter and two gorgeous dogs. He is an accountant by day, but don't hold it against him.


    T: 01202 951674

    E: garyelson@gmail.com