Leadership Team - Who we are, and what we do


Alan & Jill Comfort

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Rector & Rector's Wife
Alan & Jill arrived in September 2014 with twenty years experience of leadership behind them. They share a passion for helping our churches connect with the local communities and the world, inspired by a love for Jesus. They both love Alpha courses and seeing faith start, helping people go deeper in faith, and using all sorts of methods like sport and Messy Church style outreach to reach the unchurched. They love the work God has called them to. They have three children; Sarah, Henry and Ollie, who is still school age. They love people and look forward to welcoming new members to any of the churches.

Caroline Franks

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Licensed Lay Minister
Caroline has been a Reader (a Licensed Lay Minister) at St Mary’s since March 2008. She leads and preaches at some of our services, and conducts some funerals. She helps pastorally where she can, and sometimes leads home groups or other events. Caroline is an accountant by training, and also serves as PCC treasurer.


Marion Smith

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Benefice Administrator
Marion has been the administrator since March 2014. She also sings in the choir, acts as verger at weddings and funerals and occasionally plays the organ. Before taking up her role as benefice administrator, she was a pharmacist. She has led home groups and teaches piano at home.


Angie Adamson

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Standon Churchwarden
Angie is a new to the role of churchwarden. However she has for several years been a sidesperson and welcomer at St Mary’s. She has also been on the deanery synod. She has worked in the NHS for the past 35 years both as a chartered physiotherapist and a manager.

Michael Smith

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Standon Churchwarden
Michael is one of the Churchwardens at St Mary's as well as being the Director of Music for our benefice. This involves playing the organ at worship and leading our choir and music group. Michael is a former primary school Headteacher who now works as a freelance musician, music teacher and tutor for the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University.

Derek Wheeler

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Sacombe Churchwarden
Derek has previously served on the PCC of All Saints but is a 'novice' warden. He makes his living as an accountant.

Peter Hudson

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Sacombe Churchwarden
Peter looked after the choir at All Saints' and at St Catherine's for some 37 years, but soon after the Benefice was enlarged to include St Mary's, he was very happy to hand over the reins to someone younger and wiser, and to move to the back row of the choir stalls. Before his retirement in 2005, he held administrative posts in the wool trade and in education.

Jeremy White

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Little Munden Churchwarden
Jeremy has lived in the parish of Little Munden since 1977 but his connection with the area goes back much earlier than that. He worked in biomedical science research and in health and safety, specialising in biological and genetic modification safety. He has been retired for several years now and manages to find a few things to do, such as music, to pass the time.