Meet The Team

Nick Smith


Nick joined as vicar in November 2020. He grew up in Hitchin, not far from St Mark’s. Following University he spent time as a ‘wandering millennial’, working in a pretty random selection of jobs, including pensions, international development and conferencing. After hitting a low period in his mid-20s (ask him about it, he’s happy to share!) he decided to give God up for Lent. Turns out that wasn’t so easy, and he ended up feeling called to be a Church of England vicar. After training at Ridley Hall (a vicar factory in Cambridge) he worked for three years at a lively and diverse church in inner-city South London. He loves being back in Hitchin now, and finds St Mark’s a loving and supportive place to be.

Nick is a Hitchin Town FC fan (Yeeellows!), but will happily watch any game of football. He claims to be a goalkeeper, but his enthusiasm is greater than his ability. Nick believes that following Jesus is for all of life, not just for Sundays; he thinks doubt is part of faith, not an enemy of it; and he loves talking with people about life’s big questions.

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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

Louise has been a warden at St Mark’s since 2014. You can contact her on 07812 520 256, or

Joy Bennett

Church Warden