Team

Circuit Ministry Team

Julyan Drew

Revd Julyan Drew MA
Superintendent Minister

Julyan Drew

Julyan has served as a minister in the Newlyn and Mousehole area since 1998. In 2009, he became Superintendent Minister of the West Penwith Methodist Circuit but his appointment will cease on the formation of the West Cornwall Circuit in September 2018. Throughout his ministry Julyan has taken an active role in the community life of the greater Penzance area and in recognition of this, in 2010, he was made an honorary freeman of the town.

Alastair Bolt

Revd Dr Alastair VC Bolt MA, BSc, PhD
Superintendent Minister Designate

Alastair Bolt

Alastair has nearly 40 years’ experience in the Methodist ministry. He has pastored churches in Cumbria, Greater London, Devon and Nottingham as well as serving as an army chaplain in Cyprus, Germany and England. He is married to Jane and they have three grown-up daughters. Alastair will take up the post of Superintendent Minister of the West Cornwall Circuit in September 2018.

Peter Stephens

Rt Revd Prof W Peter Stephens MA, BD, Des SR

Peter Stephens

Peter was born in Penzance. He has held a number of pastoral and academic posts, including those of Dean and Provost of the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, and has served as a Bristol city councillor. He is a past President of the Methodist Conference and a past Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of the Gambia.

Associate Minister

Robert Amess

Revd Robert Amess BA BTh MPhil

Robert Amess

Robert is a Baptist minister who has been seconded to Methodist ministry. He served as senior minister of Duke Street Baptist Church, Richmond. He was previously chair of governors at Spurgeon’s College and chair of Moorlands Bible College.

Circuit Stewards

John Bennetts

John Bennetts

John is a retired farmer. He is a member of Chapel Street Methodist Church and a local preacher. He is Circuit Senior Steward.

Karen Curnow

Karen has a background in education, for a number of years home cared for her parents and now works part time in a local estate agents. She is Senior Steward at Carbis Bay Wesley Methodist Church.

Jeremy Drew

Jerry Drew

Jerry was previously General Manager and Company Secretary for a large homelessness charity, manager of a YWCA project and Housing Manager and Acting General Secretary of a YMCA. He was previously Trustee and Director of two national youth charities and a number of local charities in Cornwall. He has served as a county councillor and Penzance town councillor with a year as Mayor of Penzance.

Nikki Jones

Nikki Jones

Nikki was born and bred in Penzance and works in a local school. She is a member of High Street Methodist Church.

Katherine Rennie

Katherine is a retired solicitor and mediator. She is a member of the Iona Community. She has been a local preacher since 2004 and is a member of United Methodist Church in St Ives. She is District Local Preachers’ Secretary.

Linda Stevens

Linda is a local preacher and worships at Wesley Rock Methodist Church, Heamoor, where she is very involved with the lively Messy Church. She is a chartered accountant who has worked in local charities and looks after the circuit’s finances.

Circuit Business and Finance Administrator

Alison Gunderson

Alison Gunderson

Alison grew up in Wadebridge, Cornwall, and is a lifelong Methodist. She is a member of Gulval Methodist Church. Formerly the Cornwall Library Service Outreach Officer, Alison loves books, the Isles of Scilly and singing.