Who's Who

Clergy

Rev'd Clive Gardner - Team Vicar

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Clive was born 10 miles away in Ashtead, Surrey.  He has been ordained since 1996 and has also worked as a personnel officer, lived as part of a religious community, been an auditor, and studied at drama school.  Before moving to Wimbledon in 2011, he was Vicar of Cumnor in Oxfordshire, Chaplain to the current Bishop of Liverpool and Curate of Beverley Minster (Yorkshire).  His pride and joy is his motorbike, and his favourite word is ‘grace’.

Clive is committed to making the Christian faith as relevant to people’s daily lives as possible, and to building a church where everyone feels genuinely welcome.

E-mail: / Phone: 020 8944 0184

Paula Thorvaldsen - Pastoral Minister (also Deanery Synod Representative)

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An ever ready rock for parishioners and others in need of spiritual support, Paula has delivered pastoral ministry at St Mark's since 2008. Formally licensed by the Bishop as a SPA in 2011, early morning jogger Paula is known for running - not the extra mile, but the extra marathon on behalf of distressed and lonely supplicants. Her impromptu trip to Cornwall to fetch a neighbour who had fallen ill while on holiday is etched in the memory, amid leading worship, innumerable home Communions, supporting the bereaved, hospital visits, Bible classes and the ever popular, super-companionable Lunch Bunch.  Prayer and spirituality are important parts of her work in helping people to realise that Christ is besides them in the midst of the difficulties and joys of life. After studying law, Paula completed a degree in pastoral theology at Heythrop College, University of London.

Wardens

Vanessa Forster

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James Markham (also PCC Representative)

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James has lived in Wimbledon since 1998 with wife, Kasia, and now three children, all of whom have attended Bishop Gilpin Primary School. They have been coming to St Mark's for most of their time in Wimbledon. They have always enjoyed St Mark's for its welcoming community, inclusiveness and openness to moral and intellectual reflection. James has worked many years abroad including Africa, Indonesia, Israel, USA, Germany and Italy mostly as a management consultant. Currently he runs a software company based near Tower Hill in London. He studied philosophy at Cambridge University and shares a love of theatre and the arts with his wife, but without any of her knowledge and expertise. He enjoys gentle cycling on the weekends. His pride and joy are his children. His goal in life is "serenity" – reportedly elusive so far – not least because of his children's small Yorkshire Terrier.

Sheila Dunman (also Parish Warden and PCC Representative)

Sheila was baptised in the 'old' St Mark's Church and was educated at local schools. She has a degree in Theology from Nottingham University and then qualified as a teacher. After spending three years teaching RE, she taught English for two years in Sweden. Back in England, she worked as a teacher of English as a Second Language in Birmingham, was a lecturer at Worcester College of Education, and then worked in Coventry organising English as a Second Language provision for adults. She returned to Wimbledon, and St Mark's, in 1994. She has been involved with the Wimbledon Guild since her return. She also enjoys visiting her rather scattered family and friends, has completed several long distance walks, and goes to the theatre and cinema as often as she can.

Deputy Warden

Andrew Edgar

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Also at St Mark's

Ian Parker - Director of Music

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