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 is a non-stipendiary, or ‘self-supporting’ minister; which means that he earns a living outside of the church. Before becoming ordained in 2013, he served as a Reader in the parishes. Peter has a physics background and has taught in secondary schools and researched into electromagnetic pulse power at university. Peter and his family moved to Gulval in 2001 for health reasons. Now recovered he has run his own electrical business until recently when he took up a post at Cornwall College to prepare apprentices for the electrical trades and industry. In his spare time he is a Sea Cadet Chaplain as well as indulging in photography and musical interests, listening to anything from Thomas Tallis to King Crimson, though playing instruments is now limited.

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.

Kay Short


Kay joined us last year from Wakefield, Yorkshire. She was already licensed as a Reader and now has transfered that license to this diocese. She works full-time for an Insurance Company but has a wealth of experience in serving churches in mission, evangelism, social action, working with young families, leading courses and much more besides. We are so grateful to her for lowering the average age of the staff.

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.