Meet the Staff

Rev Tim Hawkins

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Tim has been in Cornwall fourteen years now and has been in churches all over the South of England over 22 years. His hobbies are music playing and writing, painting, railways and cricket. He also does impersonations and frequently puts them into sermons.

Rev Peter Butterfield

Associate priest

Peter has exchanged lecturing for electrics and,  is now fully qualified as a non stipendiary ministry, now technically called ‘self-supporting minister’ i.e. the poor man gets paid nothing fro whatever he does for the churches. He was previously a Reader. He has been living in Gulval for over a decade now and has been involved in local secondary schools as well as the Sea Cadets. He too enjoys photography and film, is an avid reader, and is currently learning to play the bass guitar. He still listens to King Crimson. Well don’t we all ?

Rev Jo Thomas


Jo is joining us this summer as curate, having served nearly  a year in the St Buryan, St Levan and Sennen team as deacon. She is married with three children and works as a secondary teacher. Often seen around on her bike in previous months when she lived in Heamoor, she is already known as ‘cycling Jo’.She is looking forward to learning to play the guitar better

Helen Hawkins


Helen is married to Tim. She teaches in local secondary school and tries to keep the vicarage garden in check at the weekends. She deputrises on the organ sometimes and enjoys playing piano, reading and photography.

Dr Mike Hersant


Mike is a retired GP who practised locally and has long had an association with the Sea Cadets and the RNLI. He is married to Paddy, also a retired GP, and is often found at Evensong or assisting with Family Services. Living east of St Buryan, Mike divides his ministry time between us and St Buryan and St Levan, where too he assists at more informal services. He has the good fortune of visiting family who live in the Cayman Islands.

Rev Ian Lowell

Retired Priest

Ian has joined us very recently from his last post in Northampton. His accent betrays his Swansea origins. He spent much of his working life in hospital chaplaincy. His hobbies are many, he has a keen interest in Egyptology, the Hittites, as well as CS Lewis and Tolkien. He is married to Lynn, who works in a local care home.

Sheilagh Jelbert and Dorcas Jelliss


Dorcas and Sheilagh are responsible for looking after Madron Parish Church. They are often to be found doing various jobs on a Friday morning.

Roy Matthews and Jan de Vries


Roy and Jan look after Gulval Parish Church. They are often to be fouud doing odd jobs. A Saturday morning is often a good time to catch them