The Reverend Canon Mark Griffin is a Kentish man by birth, growing up in the Medway Towns. He moved to Sevenoaks in 2007, having served in the Canterbury Diocese for the last eleven years. Mark is married to Clare who is a teacher. His great interest in church life is encouraging vocation and away from the church, cricket is his great passion.Mark was Rural Dean of Sevenoaks for five years and is now Lead Vocation Advisor for the Diocese of Rochester.
The Reverend Anne Bourne M.A. spent the early years of her life and education in Dartford, Kent. She then continued her education at university in Cardiff where she studied for a teaching degree in Home Economics. Following that she returned to Kent to teach in three different schools in Dartford, Erith, where she also worked as deputy head of a sixth form and Bexleyheath. After her marriage to Ian (from Otford) in 1997 they remained in Wilmington for a year before moving to Sevenoaks in 1998, where they have raised their three children – Jonathan, Esther and Rebekah.
Anne studied for three years for part-time for ordination with the South East Institute for Theological Education and was ordained as a Deacon in Rochester Cathedral in September 2011. She was then Priested in St. Andrew’s church, Paddock Wood the following September and has served her title at St. Luke’s before being made Associate Vicar in October 2015.
A large part of her ministry has been involved with the residents, family and staff of Emily Jackson House, which neighbours the church and is associated with its history. She has been awarded an M.A. based on The Ministry of Presence in Residential Care.
Nick Donaldson was elected churchwarden in 2015. He has worshipped at St Luke’s since returning to Sevenoaks in 2000. He has lived in the area for most of his life and has a career as an academic biomedical engineer. He is married to Tessa and has three grown-up children. He has had the pleasure of being in the St Luke’s choir.
Janet Bates was elected Churchwarden in 2016. She has worshipped at St Luke’s since 2011 after moving to Sevenoaks from Leicester to look after her grandchildren. She enjoys being an active member of the church, and is part of the fete organising committee. In her spare time, she likes gardening.
Following a BA (Hons) degree in Music at the University of Exeter, Helen Isom spent a year studying for a post-graduate business diploma before joining the publishing department of the Royal School of Church Music. Having become Head of Publishing she was head-hunted by Boosey & Hawkes to develop a new choral music department, working with composers such as Karl Jenkins and James MacMillan. Alongside this Helen studied with Professor Peter Aston, completing her PhD thesis on Music and Liturgy in 2000. Finally ceasing to be a student, she decided it was time to contribute to teaching the next generation and retrained as a teacher, working as Head of Music at Gravesend Grammar School for Boys, before coming to Combe Bank in 2006. Alongside her roles at Combe Bank, Helen is also Director of Music at St George’s RAF Chapel at Biggin Hill and is Examinations Secretary for the Guild of Church Musicians and a Reader and Advisor to Oxford University Press. She regularly contributes articles and reviews to the Church Times and can occasionally be found pretending to still be an oboist.
Paul Isom is Organist of St Luke’s Church, Sevenoaks and he is also Organist for the Roman Catholic congregation at St George’s RAF Memorial Chapel, Biggin Hill, Accompanist to the Combe Bank Choral Society and Rochester Diocesan Organs Advisor. He was born in 1959 in Redhill, Surrey, and was taught the organ by Rodney Williams at Hayes School. He holds a BA (Hons) in music, the LRSM and DipABRSM in organ performance, the DipRSCM and CertRSCM in church music and liturgy studies and the ACertCM, also in church music and liturgy studies.
He has taught music, IT and Geography at Combe Bank School near Sevenoaks for the past four years and is now a freelance musician, performing, composing and teaching. Paul has recently been elected Honorary Member of the Association des Amis de l’Orgue de Saint Nicolas de Meursault, in recognition of his work in raising the profile of the organ with a view to its eventual restoration.
Xanthe Duffill is our Pastoral Assistant and co-ordinates our team of Pastoral visitors. Please contact Xanthe if you require a regular visit from one of our team.
For emergency visiting or if you would like someone to be remembered in our prayers at church, please contact Revd. Mark Griffin or Revd. Anne Bourne.