Meet the Team

Karen Smilley (Minister)

Hi, my name is Karen and I along with my husband Scott moved to Burnham in September 2018. Before embarking on ministerial training at Spurgeon's College, I worked in the education sector and lived in East London.

We have two grown up children who still live in London but who visit frequently.

When I’m not at church, studying or walking our dogs ( two of the cutest Bichon Frisée you’ll ever meet) I love to cook, paint (oils preferably) and listen to music, which I inevitably sing along to at the top of my voice. My favourite food is meat (any kind), I like tea and coffee, I support Arsenal and one day I would like to chase a tornado.

Pop in and see me at the church on Saturday mornings and have a cuppa and a slice of home made cake from our Coffee Morning. It will be great to meet you, chat and pray if you would like. Alternatively you can contact me -

Brian Waterhouse - Deacon with responsibility for Pastoral Care and Prayer Ministry

Sarah Lornie - Church Secretary and Deacon

Hi I’m Sarah. I became a Christian at a Pathfinder camp in 1969, which is a few years ago! I’ve been around in Burnham since 1994, when I moved here from London. I currently serve in the church as Deacon and Church Secretary. On weekdays I volunteer and do some paid work at a local Citizens Advice Bureau. I have played the violin since I was seven and enjoy playing with other amateurs in the Essex Symphony Orchestra. I love walking, gardening, hills and rivers. Just missing one of those in Essex!

Steve Sims - Church Treasurer and Deacon

Hi I'm Steve, I live in Burnham with my wife Mary, and have lived here all my life. I work for a local business that manufactures Laboratory instruments. As Treasurer I look after the Church's finances and also look after Health and Safety. In my spare time I like to play and follow Cricket, particularly when Essex and England are doing well!

Graham Nicholls - Deacon with responsibility for Media, Safeguarding (adults at risk)

Scott Smilley - Men's Ministry Leader and Health and Safety Officer

Hi, my name is Scott and I am the Men's Ministry Leader. I have been a Christian for over 25 years and been leading men's work in multiple churches since 2012. My passion in life is to see men coming to know God. I am married to Karen and we have two grown up children. After 27 years in the fast lane, I am embarking on a new journey as a Baker and am also the Health & Safety and Food Safety Office for the church.

Joyce Dunn - Treasurer Assistant