Circuit Ministry Team

We have two Presbyters.

Ralph Ward

Revd Ralph Ward BTh
Superintendent Minister

Matt Fugill

Revd Matt Fugill MA

Ralph has been working in Christian ministry since the mid 1980s, and was has been a Methodist minister since 1996. He is married to Adele and they have two grown up daughters, Sally and Phoebe. Ralph has a passion for Jesus, for worship and for proclaiming the Word of God. He spent some years as a professional Christian musician, and his ministry in music and worship has always accompanied him throughout his life. An evangelical preacher, Ralph has a modern and accessible style of teaching which engages and inspires.

Rev. Matt has been a minister since 2011; he served in the North Bedfordshire Circuit for five years and then the Nottingham Trent Valley Circuit for six years before arriving in the West Cornwall Circuit. He is married to Rev. Rebecca, who is a minister working in the Lizard and Mounts Bay Circuit, and they have one daughter, Abbie, and two cats, Merry and Pippin. Matt’s hobbies include gaming (war-gaming, role-playing and board games), wood working and reading. He plays the guitar with enthusiasm but is still very much an amateur. He believes in the importance of effective and engaging preaching, and enjoys exploring the bible. He has a BA in English and Theology, an MA in Pastoral Theology, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Practical Theology.


And most importantly, he loves Jesus.

Circuit Stewards

Karen Curnow

Karen has a background in education. She is Senior Church Steward at Carbis Bay Wesley Methodist Church.

Jeremy Drew

Circuit Safeguarding Officer

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. He is a member of Trinity Church, Newlyn.Trinity (Newlyn)

Nikki Jones

Nikki Jones

Nikki was born and raised in Penzance. She is Church Steward of High Street Methodist Church.

Margaret Richards

I am a member at Chapel Street Methodist Church.

Stephen Canning

My name is Stephen Canning and I’m a member of Chapel Street Methodist Church.  I live in Newlyn with my wife Linda. I have three sons and a step son and daughter and a growing flock of grandchildren. I have enjoyed a rich and varied work life including the Fishermen’s Mission, the Royal Navy, a North Sea fisherman, and as a full-time RNLI lifeboatman. My ‘Retirement’ such as it is, is spent working in and for the church which I take great solace in and also as a member of the voluntary visits team at Penlee Lifeboat station.


Circuit Business and Finance Administrator

Tania Bird