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Meet the Team at St John’s

Vicar: Rev Tom Coopey. “I’m married to Susie. We have four children and we moved to Weymouth to lead St John’s Church at the end of 2016. I love living by the beach, swimming in the sea, kayaking in the bay and cycling around the stunning Dorset countryside. I’ll also rarely say no to a cup of tea! Before being ordained in 2013 I was a Youth Pastor in Weymouth and still have a strong commitment to developing a thriving youth 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.”

Church Warden: Roger Welch. “As a Church Warden, I have responsibilities for the contents of the church. My role is to support the Vicar and other Parish clergy in any way I can. Promoting unity and peace is very important to me, as well as praying for people and encouraging others in their Christian Faith.”

Church Warden: Jos Bailey. “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.”

Deputy Warden: Tony Blackwell. “I moved to Weymouth in 2017 and have been worshipping at St. John’s since. Apart from my duties as Deputy Churchwarden, I am also involved in the Church Refurbishment project and together with my wife, Diane, we are starting to lead a small group on Thursday afternoons. Outside of Church I am a confessed “Petrolhead” and am on the Committee of the Weymouth Vehicle Preservation Society where we meet and discuss all things mechanical! I am also a steam buff and have a model railway, and enjoy wood carving , marquetry and all DIY projects.  We have three wonderful daughters and their respective families who love coming to stay in Weymouth!”

Deputy Warden: John Horrell. “I was born and grew up in Devon, studied at Art College and trained to became a teacher of middle and primary age children.  I came to faith, with my wife, in 1980. I was Head Teacher at St John’s CofE Primary School in Weymouth for 17 years, which has close links with our church. Post retirement I was Link Coordinator between schools in Weymouth and Kenya, and also conducted Church School Inspections. We have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren last time I counted! I’m excited about church growth and painting!” (John talking about a painting)

Deputy Warden: Mike Lidstone. “I joined the church in June 2018, after 40 years in Woking, Surrey. I retired in 2012 as a town planner in local government; prior to that I was a teacher and before that was mapmaking, when maps were drawn by hand rather than computer! In my retirement I care for my disabled wife Hilary, and we enjoy visiting National Trust properties, taking Saga holidays, short walks, light gardening, reading and we enjoy meeting people at local  social/support groups.  As well as being a deputy Church Warden, I am also a member of the eco church team and have joined a home group.”

Deputy Warden – Graham Dickson. “I am originally from N. Ireland, and came to England in 1999 to go to Bible College. I joined the Bible College team for a few years, and then settled in Leicester for 15 years. About 3 years ago we felt that God called us as a family to Weymouth. We arrived 2 years ago, 6 months before lockdown, Halellujah! We really enjoy St. John’s, and getting to know people face to face again. Trudy (my wife) and I run a Home Group on Zoom and I am a deputy Warden. In amongst all of that we have 2 children who go to a local Secondary School.” 

Trailblazers / Little Fishes: Susie Coopey. “I’m married to Tom and we have lived in Weymouth for almost 5 years, 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. I run Little Fishes, our parent and toddler group and head up our Sunday morning Kids Church. 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!!”

Ignite: Elliot Bailey. “Together with my wife Jos and a small team of volunteers, I run our Ignite Youth Group on Sunday mornings for school years 7 plus, as well as a number of other youth events across the parish. 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!”