Who’s who

Adult Ministry Team

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Rupert Charkham

Vicar

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Rupert is married to Liz and they have two grown up children who have left home and a Cairn Terrier who hasn’t.

Rupert became Vicar of Holy Trinity in 2003 and his main responsibilities include preaching regularly, leading, encouraging and developing the staff team as well as discerning and developing the vision of Holy Trinity (along with others). Teaching from the Scriptures to enable people to live life to the full is as at the heart of what Rupert does. He loves to equip and envision folk to be lifelong followers of Christ and effective leaders. In 2016 Rupert was appointed Chaplain to the The Queen.

More biographical info; Rupert became a follower of Jesus whilst at Exeter University in 1980. On graduating he was an insurance broker in the City, a career that he left in order to train for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. Prior to Cambridge Rupert was Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Salisbury and previously on the staff of St. Aldates’ Church in Oxford and St. Barnabas in Kensington.
In spare time he enjoys photography, watching Test cricket, going to concerts (classical), playing the piano (rustily) walking the dog and Westwing.

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Oli Benyon

Associate Vicar

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Oli is Associate Vicar of Holy Trinity and oversees the adult ministries of the Church (including Pastoral Care, Home groups, Weddings/Funerals etc). Oli makes Church fun and he loves helping people to experience that knowing Jesus and belonging to the family of HT adds sparkle to life! If you are new to HT be sure to say Hi to Oli.

Oli is married to Loïs and they have three children Amélie, Annabelle and Eliza. Prior to being ordained Oli headed up the Youth work at St Aldates Church in Oxford for many years and also New Wine Youth. In July 2015, after training for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford he joined the staff of HT. Work and family life take up a lot of Oli’s time, given a free moment Oli enjoys spending time with friends, having people over for a meal and watching a good box set with Lois.

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Ellie Huggins

Adult Pastor

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Ellie joined the HT staff team as Student Pastor in September 2013 after working for four years as a Youth and Children’s Pastor in Hertfordshire. Prior to this she graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Theology.

In her spare time, Ellie loves to spend time with family and friends and, having grown up on the South Coast, enjoys nothing more than a day spent at the beach! Ellie also enjoys running and has run a few half marathons for various charities.

She has a passion to see people’s lives transformed by the living God and loves to see Jesus bringing His love, hope and joy to His children.

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Student team

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Stuart Browning

Curate and Student Pastor

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Stuart heads up the Student ministry at HT. He knows Cambridge well, since, prior to studying theology and getting ordained, he studied Chemistry at Selwyn College and worked in the city for a technical innovation consultancy company. Stuart’s passion is seeing God at work in people’s lives and helping people understand how the Bible connects with and informs everyday life.

Stuart is married to Yanah. In any spare time he enjoys playing sports, especially Super Smash Bros; reading systematic theology; and is an avid cinema goer. He is also a great fan of slow cooking things in barbeques, whatever the season.

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Emily Russell

Student Pastoral Assistant

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Emily began working at HT during summer 2017 after graduating from studying maths at Cambridge. She loved attending the church as a student and is hugely looking forward to caring for both new and returning students. She is excited to see them grow in faith! Emily has seen God’s goodness in her life in so many ways but is thrilled that there is even more to see. One of her loves is singing, and she has been lucky enough to travel widely on various chapel choir tours. She is from Edinburgh and loves all things Scottish, however English she appears!

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Tom Stockwood

Student Pastoral Assistant

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Tom joined the HT Staff Team in 2017 having been a member of the congregation since 2015 while studying engineering at Cambridge. His time at HT as a student was one of the happiest of his life, and he is hugely excited to serve on the team and love a new generation of students. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing football, watching (and occasionally playing) rugby and playing cards.

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Family ministries / children & youth

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Cat Meakin

Children’s Pastor

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Cat is married to Rick and has two children (Izzy 6 and Benji 4) who are now at school so she spends much of her life on the school run and running about after them! Before becoming a Mum Cat was Curate at Holy Trinity with responsibility for children, youth, and students. She is very excited to be returning to the staff team to work with Corinne and Kez to see the children at HT grow in their relationship with Jesus, so that they each know Him and His great love for them, while having loads of fun and making wonderful friends. She also enjoys travelling and is a keen photographer (which her husband and children sometimes find annoying!)

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Steve Conacher

Youth Pastor

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Steve joined the HT staff team in September 2014 after studying Theology at Queens' College. His fairly average life was blown out of the water when he decided to follow Jesus wholeheartedly in Spring 2007, and his subsequent journey has been far too good to regret. Steve likes eating roast lamb and chilling in cafes. He'll always jump at the chance to play or watch sport, especially cricket or rugby. Above all Steve is pumped to hang out with young people – to hear about the stuff they love and the people they care about, and to see how God can be involved in it all.

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Hannah Fisher

Children and Youth
Pastoral Assistant

Iona Tattersall

Children and Youth
Pastoral Assistant

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Hannah joined the staff team in 2018 but has been part of HT since she moved to Cambridge as a student to study History at Murray Edwards College in 2015. She loves working with children and young people and is excited about what God is doing in these ministries at HT. Hannah’s main hobby is playing cricket, which she has done all her life and absolutely loves. She also enjoys walking, calligraphy and lettering, and coffee!

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Iona joined the HT staff team in 2017 after being part of the HT Church family since 2013 while studying French and Spanish at Girton College. She spent 8 months in Nicaragua between 2015 and 2016, volunteering at a children’s centre and supporting families. She is passionate about investing in young people and helping them know God’s love for them. Iona is delighted about the opportunity to serve in this way in her role at HT. She also enjoys singing, hiking up mountains and is a beginner (but avid) surfer.

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Worship Team

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Ed Corke

Worship Pastor

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Ed joined the staff team in 2009 after 3 years studying Politics at Downing College. Along with Angus, he oversees the music and tech team of about 40, and the worship life of HT, as we seek to be “a fountain of praise at the centre of town”. Growing up on the South Coast, his passions are Southampton FC and the sea, as well as travel and good food and drink. He has been married to Emily, who also serves on the worship team, since 2012, and they have a daughter, Imogen.

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Operations Team

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Damian Mitchell

Office and Events
Manager

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Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Damian is married to Fran, and dad to Melissa, Jack, and Tilly. By God's grace, he became a Christian through the Alpha course 15 years ago. He has loved being a passionate disciple of Jesus every day since. In his free time, he loves nothing more than enjoying great company over a good meal. He is an avid fan of super stories shared either through print or on screen. He is most excited when Man Utd play an attractive style of attacking football.

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Nathan Kellner

Office and Events
Assistant

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Nathan joined HT’s staff team after finishing his degree in Theology at Queens’ College in summer 2018. He absolutely loves seeing God at work among his people, and is really pleased to be able to help facilitate God’s ministry through HT. Nathan grew up on the Wirral, is an avid supporter of Liverpool FC and enjoys playing the drums, a good book and a long afternoon walk.

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Katie Turnbull

Media & Comms Coordinator

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Katie moved to Cambridge with her husband Sam in 2017. Before moving she had been working as a Graphic Designer in a print and design company. After freelancing for a year in Cambridge she joined the staff team to oversee the Media and Communications at HT. Katie is passionate about making church a welcoming and inclusive place that is accessible to all people. In her spare time she enjoys painting, cooking and long walks.

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Womba Lagrue

Finance
Manager

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Womba oversees the finance function as the Finance Officer and Accountant. She is new to Cambridgeshire having moved from London during the summer of 2018. Womba loves being part of the HT family and knowing that the work she does is contributing to helping people come to Christ.

Womba is married to Joe and they have two children Joshua and Isabelle. Prior to joining the HT team, Womba worked for investment banks in London and also as a Church Treasurer of her previous church. She is a qualified Accountant (ACCA) and studied Mathematics at university.

In her spare time, Womba loves singing, playing guitar, dancing, cooking and watching good movies. She is passionate about seeing people come to know God and have their lives and minds renewed and transformed.

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