Our Ministry Team 

Rector: The Reverend Mark Griffin

Mark became Rector of St Martin and St Paul in September 2017, having previously served as Vicar of St Luke’s, Sevenoaks in the Diocese of Rochester for ten years.

He was ordained in Canterbury Cathedral in 1996 serving his curacy in Walmer and his first incumbency as Vicar of Wingham, Elmstone, Preston and Stourmouth just a few miles down the road.

His ministry has included work as a Vocation Advisor in both diocese, something which is very close to his heart and spells as an Honorary Canon of Rochester Cathedral and Rural Dean of Sevenoaks. Since arriving in Canterbury he has been a pastoral supervisor with the Diocese, Area Dean of the Canterbury Deanery and Chaplain to Diocesan House – the Dicoesan Offices which are locatedin our parish. He has been associated with St John’s Ambulance previously as county chaplain in addition to a number of other chaplaincy roles over the years.

Mark is a Kentish man by birth and is married to Clare. He has a great love of cricket (which is well catered for in Canterbury), theatre and travelling.

Curate: The Reverend Charlotte Sleigh

Charlotte was ordained in Canterbury Cathedral in 2022, having studied at St Augustine’s College of Theology, Kent.

She is currently in self-supporting ministry, working four days a week as an academic in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL.  She also teaches science and spirituality at St Augustine’s College.

Charlotte has lived in Canterbury for over twenty years and is married to Nick with three teenage boys.

When she is not busy doing something else, she loves playing and listening to music (hip hop to classical and lots in between!), gardening, walking and reading.

Lay Reader: Christopher Robinson

Born in the City of London, Christopher was educated in Oxford, Cambridge and at the University of Kent.He worked as a Chartered Surveyor, having worked in private practice in London and Kent, then for Canterbury Cathedral and the Diocese of Canterbury.Now retired from employment, he has been Master of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers twice, most recently in 2022. He is a trustee of two Canterbury almshouses and of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust.Married to Christine, Christopher enjoys history, IT, and ecclesiastical gossip.

Lay Reader: Samuel Keeler-Walker

Samuel Keeler-Walker was born in Exeter and grew up in both Exmouth and deepest rural Devon. Samuel came to Canterbury to study Theology at Canterbury Christ Church University and has worshipped with us since 2010.

In addition to his parish and professional work, Samuel is a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, Associate Chaplain of CCCU and currently the LGBT advisor to the Bishop of Dover and a member of Diocesan Synod. He has been in ministry since 2013.

Learning the Organ at a young age, Samuel has worked as an Pipe Organ Tuner and Builder since leaving University and as part of that work has tuned and assisted with building cathedral, concert and parish organs all over the UK. He is currently Head Tuner and Operations Manager at Mander Organ Builders.

Samuel is married to Michael and enjoys socialising, visiting the pub and playing his Xbox.

 

Lay Reader: Canon Dr Rosemary Walters

Born and Educated in Launceston, Cornwall, Rosemary was admitted and licensed as a Lay Reader in Lichfield Cathedral in 1987. After teaching History and RE in the Midlands she came to Canterbury to be Schools Officer at the Cathedral in 1993 and before retirement was a lecturer in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Previously on General Synod, Rosemary represents the Parish on Deanery Synod and as Christian Aid rep. Within the Parish facilitates the Parish Life Long Learning Group and in the wider life of the Diocese is currently a member of the Ministry Review team.

She is a great fan of Tudor historical fiction and is active in her particular political party. In retirement, Rosemary has made a study of the poet Charles Causley, who lived in her home town.

Lay Reader: Mary Butcher

Mary was born in Sussex but moved to Canterbury aged 7 where she attended Simon Langton Girls’ School. She was a member of St Martin’s choir and the parish youth club later leading the Sunday school at the Church of Bertha the Queen on Spring Lane Estate, where she lived. Initially she worked in a bank, but Mary always wanted to be a teacher so left banking and went to Christchurch College and qualified in 1967. Mary taught in Hackney, Stoke Newington, and Nigeria until finally settling in Ramsgate, with 2 children and taught at St Laurence C of E school for 20 years before she retired early to look after her husband who died in 1997.

Mary became a Reader in 1989 while at St Laurence in Ramsgate. She later, moved to Hornchurch in Essex to look after grandchildren and subsequently to Bradford. In both places she joined a church and continued with her Reader ministry. Mary moved back to Kent, to her old church, St Laurence, and once again picked up her Reader ministry. In 2015 Mary moved back to Canterbury, joining St Martin’s & St Paul’s where she is a Reader now. Mary rather feels her life has gone full circle!