Leadership

Minster is led by a team of Elders; biblically-qualified men who oversee the life of the church. They are the main Bible teachers in the church, and meet regularly to pray and provide spiritual leadership for the church.


The Elders are supported by the Deacons; biblically-qualified members of the church who serve the congregation through leading and supporting particular ministries in the church. This allows the Elders to devote themselves to the ministry of the Word of God, to prayer, and to pastoral care of the church.

  • Alex Collins

    Pastor (Elder)

    Alex is married to Jemima and they have one son.  Although his parents never went to church, he became a Christian as a teenager in Scotland.  He worked in an engineering firm for 14 years before studying for a degree in theology in 1998. He was called to be pastor of Minster in 2001 and the church is a real family to him. He relaxes best by giving his dog long walks in the countryside.   

  • Ben Hope-Gill

    Elder

    Ben is married to Rebecca and they have three children. He works as a NHS Consultant and hobbies include reading, bird watching, running and supporting Sheffield United FC.

  • Matthew Todd

    Elder

    Matthew is married to Rachel and has two children. He became a Christian in his late-teens. Born in Leicester, he came to Cardiff to study and has settled in Wales ever since. He spent 12 years working in the telecom industry before a career change took him into residential property letting, maintenance and management.

     

    His love for all things Leicester remains, especially after witnessing the lifting of the Premier League trophy first-hand.  When he can, he enjoys visiting beautiful parts of the British Isles and the occasional game of golf.

  • Colin Towler

    Elder

    Colin is married to Eunice and they have three adult children and six grandchildren. He has been attending Minster since childhood. It was at Minster that he was taught the gospel as a child, and where he first trusted in Jesus as saviour.

     

    After graduating from Birmingham University, Colin had a 30 year career in Social Services, followed by 19 years as a part-time Family Support Worker for two charities supporting the families of children with disabilities. He was also a magistrate in Cardiff for 14 years. Now fully retired, Colin is the longest serving elder at Minster, also acting as church secretary for many years.

  • Ian Williams

    Elder

    Ian is married to Rachel and they have three children. He became a Christian in his early twenties and has been a member of Minster since 2004. He works as a healthcare IT systems architect, having worked most of his career in NHS Wales and most recently for an independent sector healthcare and wellbeing charity.

  • John Kendall

    Elder (Church Worker)

    John is married to Tibbie and they have two sons and three grandchildren. Originally from South Wales, he became a Christian at university in Sheffield way back in the 1970s. After thirteen years teaching high school biology, he went on to study theology and then, until recently, to teach Greek and biblical interpretation to theology students training for pastoral ministry and mission work.

     

    Having been heavily involved in the ‘transplant’ from Highfields to Minster just before the turn of the century, John is now delighted to be working for the church on a part-time basis. In his leisure time, he enjoys walking, natural history and playing acoustic blues guitar rather rustily.

  • Rebecca Hope-Gill

    Deacon

    Children and Young People's Pastoral Support Worker

    Rebecca is married to Ben and grew up in the East Midlands before settling in Cardiff in 1999. Besides her role as a mother of three children, she works part time as a teacher and supporting the production of educational resources for primary science. She has been a Christian for most of her life and enjoys musical theatre, singing and supporting the Welsh football team.

  • Tibbie Kendall

    Deacon

    Church Treasurer

    Tibbie was born and raised in London, but moved to Cardiff when she married John and has never wanted to leave Wales! When she's not balancing the books at Minster, she works as an administrator at Union School of Theology in Bridgend.

  • Tim Monckton

    Deacon

    Social Concern

    Tim has worked for the last decade in the employability sector, helping people overcome barriers to work and progress into employment. He has recently started his own small bakery part time and you'll often find him and his wife Elizabeth at a food fair selling their bakes and cakes. Tim likes a variety of sports, including football and cricket and is a keen runner, doing the odd half or full marathon.

  • Clare Gatenby

    Church Worker

    Children and Young People

    Clare is originally from Swansea. She is married to Paul and they have two children. She's always loved working with young people and says that it helps being a big kid herself!

  • Joy Davies

    Deacon

    Joy is a retired midwife who gets her 'children' fix from her great nieces and nephew and from teaching the infants' class in the Sunday School. She became a Christian at an EMW summer camp in Bala when she was 15. She is a fluent Welsh speaker whose interests include crafting and classical music