Hayley is a specialist occupational therapist in the field of hand therapy currently working for the NHS. Two years ago she completed a YWAM discipleship course which involved mission to Cape town and Mozambique. Having a heart for compassion and mercy missions is part of her DNA and will always be a core vision whether at home or abroad.
Naomi is a camera operator working in the film industry. She has a passion for the persecuted church, particularly in North Korea. She attended an international youth conference on evangelism South Korea and also visited South Africa with Soul Action, serving churches in the slums in Durban. When she is not filming she is watching films.
Pete Harris, Finance & Operations Director, St Mark’s
Pete joined the staff team in January 2102, having previously performed a similar role at Ascension, Balham Hill. He has recently been ordained and is the minister of a small church in Ealing, which keeps him occupied in the evenings and at weekends. Pete supports the local football team, plays golf and has an interest in music (voice and trumpet).
Caroline joined St Mark's in 2008 after returning from northern Thailand where she had been working with a number of OMF church plants. Her passion for mission extends to projects both at home and abroad, and she now works as a secondary school music teacher – a career choice partly motivated by an addiction to holidays.
Sarah has been on a short-term mission trips to Ukraine and India, the latter as part of the YWAM Discipleship Training School, but more recently has been involved in supporting and praying for others going on various long and short term trips. Sarah loves baking, both the process of it (especially when helped by her daughter Martha) and eating the product, and is inspired and humbled when watching the Great British Bake off.
Jo Mead, Finance Assistant, St Mark’s
Jo left New Zealand in 1989 and spent 3 ½ years working with Mercy Ships, the maritime arm of Youth With a Mission, on board the mercy relief ship, M/V Anastasis. While working as Assistant Purser, she once cleared Customs & Immigration for the Anastasis, in Estonia - with the KGB! Jo has a heart for those in need and, alongside St Marks, helps those parenting alone.
Tim helps businesses and schools to understand Chinese language and culture. He trained for mission at All Nations Christian College and worked in China for the Jian Hua Foundation for 3 years. He has been in church leadership in a variety of fellowships - Anglican, Baptist and Ecumenical - where he has also been a regular preacher. He loves stimulating conversation over good food.
Paul studied at the London School of Theology (LST) before commencing a legal career from which he retired at the end of 2016. Whilst at LST he took part in a wide variety of church and student-based mission work in the U.K. He and his wife Marina are respite foster carers for children with complex needs. Paul is actively involved with a number of Christian and non-Christian charities focused on providing care/promoting justice. He is also a keen fly fisherman and Chelsea supporter.
Paul Perkin, Vicar, St Mark’s & Chairman of the Mission Committee
Paul is married to Christine, the father of three children in their twenties, and guardian of a Yamaha motor-bike. Previously a physicist and teacher, since ordination in the Church of England he served in a dockyard parish, and then at Holy Trinity Brompton, where he was also hospital chaplain of the Brompton Hospital. Since 1987, Paul both led the church plant at St Mark’s Battersea Rise, and sent plants to regenerate two other churches at the Ascension, Balham Hill and St.Peter’s Battersea. Together he and Christine lead the church, and have published the ‘Parenting Teenagers’ course with New Wine.
Voratida is a barrister specialising in criminal and immigration law. Prior to this, Voratida spent 2 years working as a Legal Fellow with International Justice Mission in South Asia and Cambodia.
Jolita Vadopalaite – Mission Partnerships Co-ordinator, St Mark’s
Jolita spent 8 years in the arts and culture world, touring with orchestra, ballet and opera troupes, and working on cultural strategies in the UK and Middle East. Since 2009 she has been working in prisons, both locally and internationally. She has been on two mission trips to Africa and currently serves as Interim European Director of a Christian charity working in the Middle East.