Who’s Who at KCM


The Reverend Atalie Gaines

The Revd. Atalie Gaines studied Theology at Westcott House, Cambridge gaining a degree in Pastoral Theology for Ministry (BTh). She served her curacy at St Andrew’s Church in Bedford before moving to Potters Bar to take up the position of Vicar in December 2017.

Before training for ordination Atalie worked for 10 years for Parkinson’s UK, as an Education and Training Officer. She worked with staff in nursing and care homes to educate them about Parkinson’s Disease and its effects on the people that they may care for. She was also a visiting lecturer at Universities in London lecturing about Parkinson’s Disease to Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language therapists.

Atalie has been a member of Girlguiding UK for over 20 years and currently mentors new Guiders who are training to be leaders.

She was recently awarded her NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) 25 year long service award for services to local theatre, where she can be found stage managing and working as backstage crew for local amateur dramatic societies.




Revd. Atalie Photo

Licensed Lay Minister:

David Thomson

Professor David Thomson qualified as an Optometrist in 1980 and following a brief spell working in Portsmouth he enrolled for a Phd to study the effects of viewing computer screens on the eyes. He was awarded a Phd in 1985 and following a three year period as a post-doctorate student investigating visual function in patients with brain damage, he was appointed to the academic staff in the Department of Optometry and Visual Science at City University.

He was awarded a chair in 2002 and served as Head of Department and Associate Dean. After nearly 30 years in post he decided to leave the University to pursue various other interests including developing software for vision testing and screening. He now runs three small software businesses based in Welham Green but still lectures widely in the UK and overseas.

He has been a member of KCM church since 1988 and a regular member of the music group. He studied to become a Licensed Lay Minister with the ERMC and was licensed in 2015.  He is married (to Penny Thomson) and has five grown up children.

In what little spare time he has, he is to be found at Brookmans Park Golf Club!




David Thomson

Communion Assistants:

Robert Burt, Gary Dakin, Ann Davy, Jean Emmans, Philip Emmans, Judith Reeve, Peter Sansom, Helen Schmitz, John Schmitz, David Thomson – Lay Reader, Phil Townsend, Maureen Townsend and Sue Warren – This list was updated in January 2018 and should be revised annually at the end of the church year. Next revision due December 2018.

Church Wardens:

Philip Emmans

Robert Burt


Simon Worley (Director of Music)

John Davy (Music Group)


Elected to serve until April 2018

  • Steve Jones (Hon Treasurer)
  • Emma Kidd
  • David Simpson
  • Sue Warren

Elected to serve until April 2019

  • Lynn Jones (Halls Administrator)
  • Judith Reeve (Standing Committee rep)
  • Maureen Townsend (Electoral Roll Officer)
  • Janet Turner

Elected to serve until April 2020

  • Jean Burt
  • Sue Loader (Hon Secretary)
  • Helen Schmitz (Parish Safeguarding Officer)
  • Phil Townsend (PCC Vice Chair)

Minute Secretary: Nicola Thrussell (Church Administrator)


(Ex-officio on PCC):

  • Robert Burt
  • Terry Newton
  • Vacancy

READER: David Thomson

VICAR: The Reverend Atalie Gaines (Chairperson)