Meet the Team


Vicar  – Reverend David Keen

David joined St James’ as Associate Vicar and became its incumbent in 2017 upon his predecessor’s retirement. In 2023 he also became Area Dean for the Yeovil Deanery.

St James’ has been a great blessing to us as a family, and it’s so encouraging to be part of a church where people are finding faith in Jesus and growing in their faith.”

Parish Administrator – Joanna Newton

Joanna has worked in our Parish Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays since 2013 and also works as administrator for Christian theatre company Oddments and helps with St Peter’s Community Centre Accounts. She has two children who can be found joining in with children’s and youth activities or helping with the younger ones at Junior Church and Messy Church.

“We moved to Yeovil in 2005 and, after trying a few of the local churches for size, found our home in St James’, finding it a warm and welcoming church family. Our children have grown up here from infant baptism to joining the Youth Group and preparing for confirmation.”

Children & Families Worker – Laura Broome

Laura has recently moved to the area and is leading our children’s work including Sunday morning Junior Church, Messy Church and toddler groups and working with local primary schools.

We have recently moved to Yeovil and St James’ has been a friendly and supportive church. My children enjoy the different groups,  there is something for all ages and everyone is welcome.”

Youth Worker – Ruth Glendinning

Ruth leads our Sunday night youth group, as well as several groups based at our sister church St Peters, and is a regular in our two local secondary schools.

SMoorlands/SWYM Trainee for Children and Youth Work – Junel Ascano

Junel has recently come to St James’ as a trainee Children’s and Youth Worker via South West Youth Ministries (SWYM).

“To be part of God’s mission for the young people and families through this parish.”

Readers (Licensed Lay Ministers)

Readers are lay ministers whose ministry is threefold as teachers of the faith, leaders in church and society and enablers of mission. They are given a licence by the Bishop to lead services, preach and attend to pastoral and missional work arising from these ministries. Trained as lay theologians, they help all people think and talk about God and God’s relationship to the world. Reader Ministry provides a bridge between the clergy and the laity; the church and the community.

Chris Harris – Reader

As well as leading services as a licensed reader, Chris can often be found looking after the AV and streaming and looking after the church building (fabric).

“The church community has been at the centre of my life for many years, and has always supported and encouraged me in my journey of faith.”

John Hanson – Reader

As well as being a licensed reader, John is training for ordination.

Christine Davies – Reader

“I joined St James as a licensed reader In October 18. Everyone here are friendly and lively who support each other. There is worship every week to suit everyone’s tastes of all ages and you are made to feel welcomed.”

Caryl Plewes – Reader

Caryl and her family have been involved in St James’ for many years including being invaluable members of our music group. She is now also training for ordination!


Churchwardens are the senior lay representatives of the parish. The role of the
churchwarden is extremely varied but generally involves management, maintenance and
mission in accordance with the Churchwardens Measure 2001 and the Canons of the
Church of England. They are the foremost in representing the laity and in co-operating with the incumbent, and they have a duty to maintain order and decency in the church and churchyard, particularly during the times of divine service. In co- operation with the incumbent, churchwardens are generally responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the parish.

Melodie AndrewsChurchwarden and Lay Pastoral Assistant

Mel became churchwarden at our AGM in April 2022. She and Ian assist the clergy in the day-to-day running of the church.

St James’ is a Christian Family who seek to love Jesus and care for each other . Always looking upwards to  heaven and outwards to  the world to do God’s work.

Ian Holloway – Churchwarden & Health and Safety Officer

Ian has overseen all matters concerning Health and Safety at St James’ for a number of years and became churchwarden at our AGM in April 2022 along with Mel.

Our LWAs play a crucial life at St James’ leading our services.

 Graham Hardacre – Lay Worship Assistant & Verger

Graham continues to bless us with his work as verger at baptisms, weddings and funerals, leading services on a Sunday and running the monthly coffee morning amongst other things.

Maureen HarrisLay Worship Assistant

Maureen leads services on a Sunday, organises our church fairs and fundraisers and, along with her husband Chris, is involved in many aspects of the running of the church.

Mark FelsteadLay Worship Assistant and Prayer Coordinator

Mark also leads services and works with others in the church to help and encourage our prayer ministry. He also helps to coordinate the Virtual Prayer Room which connects us with friends in other churches in Yeovil and the wider area.

“Being a member of the St James’ church family for many years has meant being part of a warmly welcoming and caring Christian community. I see how God has blessed us in so many ways and continues to help us grow together.”

Reverend Sandra Pickard Lay Worship Assistant

Sandra is a retired United Reformed Church Minister who has recently blessed us by joining our team of LWAs.

Doug Beard Lay Worship Assistant

Doug leads services and is a part of our Prayer Ministry Team.

Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs)

LPAs are trained and authorised to engage in pastoral ministry on behalf of the local church, working as part of a team of clergy and laity. They may work with children and young people, the sick, the recently bereaved and the elderly and housebound. They may take communion to those unable to come to church

Linda Mason – LPA

Sandie Porter – LPA

Safeguarding Officer – Jackie Perryman        

Jackie has recently taken over from Mike to continue his important work in safeguarding.    She and her husband Graham worship at our sister church St Peter’s.

“Graham and I retired to Yeovil in 2019 and I joined the online congregation of St James during the first COVID lockdown. It is such a blessing being able to continue to take part from home every Sunday thanks to the tech team.”

Safeguarding Liaison – Liz Wilson-Chalon   

Liz has recently taken on this role to support Jackie and Sue who are based at St Peter’s.  

Treasurer – Lynne Biles

Together with Frances, our Parish Treasurer and Joanna, our Parish Administrator, Lynne works hard to keep our finances in order!