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 minister, now technically called ‘self-supporting minister’ i.e. the poor man gets paid nothing for 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

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Jo grew up on a smallholding in Somerset, with pigs, chickens and strawberries and has a deep love of nature – especially the Cornish coast – which has inspired her focus on Celtic Prayer. As an author and journalist, she has spent several decades writing about the Duchy. After bringing up her three children, with her husband (two of whom are adopted) she trained as a secondary English teacher and Further Education Lecturer. More than anything Jo likes to swim in the sea, all weathers, and cycle along the Cornish lanes. In her spare time she cuddles any dog she comes across (volunteering for the Cinnamon Trust), feeds the birds, reads crime novels, watches ballet and as a treat listens to her vintage jazz collection on vinyl.

Helen Hawkins


Helen is married to Tim. She has retired from teaching and is now a Cornwall Councillor and occasional service taker as well as trying to keep the vicarage garden in check at the weekends! She deputises 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.

Rev Howard Peskett

Retired Minister

On 02022020 our bishop talked about Barnabas as an Encourager; and spoke about being a Man of Hope. I hope that in our churches and communities I can also be an Encourager and an MOH! Thank you for welcoming me to share in your life together.

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 found doing odd jobs. A Saturday morning is often a good time to catch them.