Meet the Team at St John’s

Rev Tom Coopey

Vicar of St John’s Church

Hello. I’m married to Susie, we have four children and we moved to Weymouth to lead St John’s at the end of 2016 – and we love living by the beach. Before being ordained in 2013 I was a Youth Pastor in Weymouth and still have a strong commitment to developing a thriving youth and children’s ministry here. I love to see people of all ages coming to know Jesus, growing in faith and following God passionately. Following Jesus is a great adventure and it’s a privilege to be part of this church family as we work together to serve our community. I enjoy sport, play the drums, have had a go at a few local Triathlons – and rarely say no to a cup of tea.

Susie Coopey

Children’s and Families Worker

I’m married to Tom and we have lived in Weymouth since 2016 with our 4 children. I love working with children and their families and we are committed to making St John’s Church friendly and welcoming to all. We run a range of groups and projects for children and families both in church and local schools. In my spare time I love walking by the sea and playing netball, but also watching rubbish TV in my pjs, preferably with a big bar of Cadburys!!

Joe Hobday

Parish Youth Pioneer

Hi there, I’m married to Annette, we have four adult children and two grandchildren. Working with young people and their families is my passion and I’ve been involved in youth ministry for over 25 years. I’ve served as a school’s worker in the West Midlands, worked in Weymouth as a church youth pastor for over 15 years and taught in a school in Dubai. All of this has involved; engaging with young people, training and leading teams, running a wide- range of youth projects, leading youth worship, discipleship and mission programmes, residentials, mentoring, teaching, small groups, specialist work around drugs and alcohol support, regular engagement with primary and secondary schools and college chaplaincy work. We love Weymouth and are so thankful to be back here working with the Parish on this really exciting youth project.

Pete Evans- Jones

Church Warden

As well as being church warden, my main involvement at St John’s is jointly leading the worship team with my wife Shirley. Former structural engineer, hotelier and general builder, now retired, I love DIY and am more than happy looking after the church fabric. I love music of all kinds and leading God’s people in worship is such a privilege.

Jos Bailey

Church Warden

As Church Warden I help with the day to day running of the Church. I also help lead the Ignite youth group and the Sound Desk team. Elliott and I moved to Weymouth at the end of 2017 after living and working in Italy. We try to make the most of living in Dorset by spending time at the beach and exploring the countryside on walks with our dog Barney.

Shirley Evans-Jones

Lay Minister

My husband Pete and I moved down to Weymouth from London in the early 1980s to run a seafront hotel in partnership with the rest of my family. I subsequently went back into working in social housing, which I had done before our two boys were born. I was licensed as a Lay minister in 2006, and my responsibilities include preaching and leading services on a regular basis. I have also been involved for many years alongside Pete in running the Church music group, and I lead a Home Group. In my leisure time I love walking in the Dorset countryside, and also sailing our boat out into Weymouth Bay where we can see the Church standing out as a prominent landmark on the seafront!

David Boyd

Church Treasurer

My wife Anne and I joined St John’s in 1990, and I come originally from N Ireland. We have 4 grown-up children, and a not-so grown up dog called Mabel. When I retired from General Practice I thought I might have a quieter life, but it is only marginally so. My aim as a treasurer is to keep things simple, as I am not good at complicated stuff. Do contact me if I can help in any way.

Elliott Bailey

Church Safeguarding Officer

As Safeguarding Officer for both St John’s and Hope House I work with a wider team to ensure that our church is safe and supportive for everyone. As well as this role I am also a volunteer youth leader with both church and Parish-wide youth groups. For my day job I work for a national museum, interpreting history in an interesting way for a multitude of different audiences – a skill which I love using in a church capacity also!