Meet the Team


Canon Mark Jones

Mark has been Vicar of Padiham and Hapton since 2001; this means that he has overall responsibility for leading the parish.  In addition Mark was made Area Dean of Burnley in 2010; this role involves ensuring that there is good co-operation and partnership between Blackburn Diocese and the local parishes.

Mark is married to Isabel, who’s a driving instructor, and they have four grown-up children.  He originally comes from Middlesex.  At school he loved science and after graduating with a degree in Chemistry he had a short career as a science teacher before realising he’d much rather teach the Bible.  He trained for ordination at Oak Hill College in London and served in parishes in Wolverhampton and Northern Ireland before coming to Lancashire.

He likes to keep fit by riding his bike when it’s not raining.


Rev. Kit Walker

 Kit is our Curate, which is simply a minister-in-training. Kit is originally from near Dover in Kent, but thankfully doesn’t miss the South at all. Since leaving school, Kit has had a varied career ranging from being a chimney sweep to ice-cream maker to gentlemen’s outfitter – to name but a few.

Kit became a Christian when he was fifteen, at a time when he was first investigating faith and deeper meanings of life, finding a church family with The Apostolic Church in Dover. Kit has felt a call to Christian ministry since his late-teens and has been heavily involved in most aspects of church life and ministry since. While living in New Zealand, Kit and his wife Laura were called to move back to the UK, to London, to train for ordination at Oak Hill.

Kit and Laura have two sons, Christopher and Benjamin, with a third on the way and due in mid-January. In spite of not having any family near Padiham (Laura’s family live in Essex and Kit’s in New Zealand), they have both felt very welcome, loved and accepted in our churches.

Lynne Trudgill

Lynne Trudgill

Lynne has attended St Margaret’s since 2001, when she and husband Grahame, who runs a domestic appliance repair business with their younger son, moved to Hapton from neighbouring Pendle.  At about 10 years old, she and her sister decided to attend the morning service and the beginnings of her adult faith began when instead of Sunday School stories, she heard the word of God preached.

Lynne is our Lay Reader, and her main concerns are people, in caring and encouraging, and in developing their faith, either one-to-one or in small groups. She believes that body, mind and spirit must all be nurtured so they intertwine to enable us to live life fully and be the people God created us to be.

Lynne is also on the governing bodies of the church, in Padiham Parish and also at Deanery and Diocesan level.


Fred Birch

St Leonard's Warden
Kath Hudson

Kath Hudson

St Leonard’s Warden

Grahame Trudgill

St Margaret’s Warden