Meet The Team

Jane Mainwaring


Jane has been Team Vicar of St Mark’s since 2003, having moved to Hitchin from Suffolk. Originally an ‘Essex girl’ Jane moved around the country a lot prior to settling in Hitchin, experiencing the North and South of England as well as the South of Wales, where she met her husband, James. Before she was ordained Jane worked in a variety of settings with young people and young adults including a YWCA hostel and a college. Jane lives in the Vicarage next door to the church from which lots of sounds emerge with James’ music making (a professional woodwind player) as well as the noise of their two children. It’s a good thing it’s a detached house!

John Richardson



John came to St Mark’s in 1991 and was licensed as a Reader in 1998. Until he retired in 2005, John was a Director of the NHS Central Office for Research Ethics Committees and he continues his involvement in health research by being Chair of the Institute of Psychiatry Research Ethics Committee. From 2005 to 2015, John was Ecumenical Officer for Churches Together in South London.
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John convenes the St Mark’s Worship and Mission Committees, sings bass in the choir and plays the organ for services when needed. He is Secretary of Churches Together in Hitchin and preaches in various churches in the town. Helen and John have four children, eight grandchildren (so far) and one great- grandchild. John is a passionate supporter of the Wigan and Orrell rugby clubs and Wigan Athletic football club – all of which gives a clue to the name of his home town!

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Andrew Parr

Organist, Choirmaster & Reader


Andrew has been a member of St. Mark’s since 1976 and became organist and choirmaster over 20 years ago. After retiring from Hitchin Boys’ School, he trained as a Reader (Lay Minister) and is now one of the church’s ministry team of four. He loves making music with friends at St. Mark’s and really enjoys his preaching and other “Reader” activities. St Mark’s folk are a totally lovable bunch, and Andrew is always happy to be with them.

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Louise Wills

Church Warden

Joy Bennett

Church Warden