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.


Licensed Lay Minister

Prof 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!


Helen Schmitz

Phil Townsend



  • Simon Worley (Director of Music)
  • John Davy (Music Group)


Elected to serve until April 2020

  • Jean Burt
  • Helen Schmitz (Churchwarden & Parish Safeguarding Officer)
  • Phil Townsend (Churchwarden)
  • Brenda Woodman


Elected to serve until April 2021

  • Jonathan Burt
  • Gary Dakin
  • Jenny Dakin
  • John Schmitz


Elected to serve until April 2022

  • Elaine Hartland
  • Judith Reeve
  • John (Bill) Simpson
  • Maureen Townsend (Electoral Roll Officer)

Co-Opted to the PCC until April 2020

  • Emma Kidd (Honorary Secretary)
  • Steve Jones (Honorary Treasurer)

Minute Secretary: Nicola Thrussell (Church Administrator)

Lay Vice Chair: David Thomson, Licensed Lay Minister



(Ex-officio on PCC):

  • Robert Burt
  • Yvonne Bennett
  • John Schmitz
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