Who's Who at St John's -

Church Leader

Andy leads St John’s along with his wife Nic. They moved from HTB in the summer of 2021 to begin work with St John’s ahead of us launching as an HTB Network Church in Spring 2022.


Andy and Nic grew up in Cumbria just up the coast from Blackpool. They are passionate about church planting and seeing the church re-engage with young people. Nic is also trained as a primary teacher and now tutors English alongside her ministry with the church.


Dr Bill Ward, Licensed Reader.

Bill is a Licensed  Reader in the Church of England. This means Bill has undergone theological study and holds a Bishop's License to preach and assist in the ministry at St John's. 

Bill is from a local farming family and after studying medicine at Sheffield University, he spent over 35 years practising medicine, most recently as a GP in Blackpool. Bill is married to Gill, who is one of the lead members of our children & young families ministry team. 

Bill & Gill have 3 grown up children and a growing collection of grandkids! 

Dave Bannister & Howard Deane,  Church Wardens.

Dave & Howard are, along with the Vicar, responsible for leading St John's. Wardens have a particular responsibility for taking care of all the practicalities of the day-day and week-week running of the church. 

Howard (on the left of the picture) is semi-retired, having spent many years on the management team of King George's Hall in Blackburn. He now uses many of those skills in his role as Church Warden. Howard is also on the preaching team. He is married to Eleanor, with 2 grown up sons. 

Dave (on the right of the picture) is a carer and is a familiar face locally,  being involved in many projects helping to improve the quality of life for residents of Blackpool. Dave helps the church to interface with the community, through those initiatives, but also through leading our outreach ministry in St John's Square. Dave is married to Grace, and they have 2 young children.

Lauren Platt, Children & Families Pastor

Lauren is responsible for developing our work among children and families, thanks to a generous grant from the Diocese of Blackburn. Lauren is a qualified and experienced teacher and children's worker and has a real passion to see families come to know the life changing message of hope and forgiveness that we find in Jesus. Lauren is responsible for leading and developing our children's work and our Chill Zone group. She will also be working to develop other exciting ways that children and their families can connect with Jesus and His church here at St John's. Lauren is married to Damian, a local Vicar, and they have 2 children together. 


Eden Worrall, Youth & Digital Pastor ​

Eden is responsible for developing our work with young people and young adults, and  our online minstries and outreach, thanks to a generous grant from the Henry Smith Charity. Eden comes from east Lancashire, and has a background in games design and a wide range of experience in youth work. He lives locally in Blackpool.

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