Welcome to St Mary's, Bletchley. We are a vibrant Anglican church in Milton Keynes with a vision to help all ages come to a personal faith in Jesus, assist people to deepen that relationship and pioneer new churches throughout our amazing fast growing city.
David and Kim McDougall
Who's Who at St. Mary's Church? - click image to read more.
Rev David McDougall - is our church leader. He has been happily in ministry for over 30 years and has moved from London where he was planting new Anglican churches. He is married to Kim and has three grown up children. He is regularly invited to speak in different parts of the world – most recently in Congo and Uganda. He does support "the best football team in the world – that being of course Chelsea Football Club!" He enjoys a good curry and time on his allotment!
Rev. Matt Beer - our curate, trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge but beforehand worked as a parish worker in Oxfordshire. He is married to Emily, who is a molecular scientist, and they have a dog called Zach. Matt has done some work within the New Wine movement in this country as well as quite a bit of international mission. He enjoys running and water polo as well as spending time in the garden.
Rev Paul Pavlou -
our church planting curate, also trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall Cambridge. Prior to that he was a Special Needs Co-Ordinator and Primary School Teacher in North London, where he and his wife Hayley met at Church. They have since been blessed with two children, Evangeline and Zachary. Whilst working in School's, Paul served in his local Church as any member would, but now he gets paid to do it! Paul doesn't like to overcomplicate things and as such enjoys the basics: food, a good watch and the occasional whiskey!
Rev Dr. Sam Muthuveloe - is our assistant curate. Sam was ordained in July 2016 after a Theological study course at Cuddesdon College in Oxford. He has been a General Medical Practitioner in Milton Keynes since 1985 and together with his wife Ayesha is actively involved in overseas Christian missions to Sri Lanka. He relaxes watching rugby and cricket, exercises playing tennis, and keeps abreast with world affairs.
Rev Hannah Akibo-Betts - Being the granddaughter of a Methodist Pastor; my grandfather would have
been proud to have one of his walking in a similar pair of shoes though
a different brand name!
Serving is a blessing and privilege. I am blessed with a daughter who
brings laughter into my life.
Charles Bishop, Operations Manager - Formerly from a retail and leisure management background, I jumped at the chance of becoming St. Mary's Operations Manager when it became available. It is my way of giving something back and serving as God has been so supportive and loving to my family and I.
Darrel Hofland, Youth Pastor
I come from South Africa and joined St. Mary's in October 2018. I have served in various church's back home and also in the UK in Bicester in 2010/11.
I 'm always outdoors as I love running and cycling. I also enjoy geocaching (go on, ask me). Writing is a great passion for me and I have a blog called Sacred Spaces. I am an avid Chelsea fan, but no ones perfect! PS. I love being invited for meals :)
Oliver Hermes - is our church warden. Oliver is married to Christine, a local GP and they, with their 3 children have been at St Mary’s Bletchley since 1988. He can often be found welcoming at the church gate on a Sunday morning. A keen supporter of the early morning men’s prayer group, which still enables him to commute to London. He is also the occasional skipper for the Morning Star Trust- a Christian offshore sail training charity.
Chris Hayter - is our church warden. Chris (mother and grandma) was born wearing a smile. She is married to John, both sharing a passion for motor bikes. They are blessed with four children and nine grandchildren. A Milton Keynes business woman, Chris also leads The Oasis Project, empowering local people living in an underprivileged area of The Gambia to sustain a healthy environment and develop their own opportunities for work and learning.
In addition, we have several others on the church staff team who work either in a voluntary or paid capacity, these areas include Childrens, Youth, Seniors, Pastoral, Management, Admin, Finance, Buildings, Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals Community and School work.
St Mary’s church is a vibrant, Jesus centered, all age, every member ministry, community focused, outreaching church that seeks to start new Christian communities in Milton Keynes. We are serving the needs of our local community, through very active friendship groups and specialist Debt advice services.
Children, Young People, Young Adults and Seniors are all important to us and each have a thriving community. We are a growing church that meets for services, small groups and all kinds of exciting activities.
We have recently started a new church in Newton Leys and some of our church family are joining St Frideswide's Church, Water Eaton to renew the work of the church there.
Our services are a key part of life at St Mary’s. We believe that God transforms our lives step by step as we gather together to worship, pray, hear from God’s Word and respond to His Holy Spirit. Our services aim to cater for all ages, are informal, contemporary, friendly and always have time for refreshments at the end.
This is a quiet, traditional Holy Communion service.
This popular, informal and welcoming service is filled with families – children’s programmes are available. Café open afterwards.
This is a welcoming, informal service of worship, teaching and ministry. Café open afterwards.
This is a welcoming, traditional Holy Communion service with worship, teaching and ministry. Café open afterwards.