St Luke's Church Centre

Franklin Square, Harrogate


St John's Church

Bilton Lane, Harrogate


Parish Office

St John's Church

Bilton Lane, Harrogate


T: 01423 565129
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If you have any questions regarding baptisms or weddings; or would like to discuss anything with one of the clergy, you are welcome to come along to our evening open surgery which is held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month from 6.30-7.15pm at St John's Church. No need to book.

(there may be changes during school holidays and when school admission forms are due so please check the website calendar for the most up-to-date information)





Simon Dowson - Team Rector 


Simon is married to Fiona and has two adult children and two dogs. He is passionate about church growth and wanting to see people come into an ever-greater awareness of God’s love and his good plans for them. He is a keen reader, walker, sports fan, and member of Harrogate Theatre Choir.

To contact Simon email: simon.dowson@leeds.anglican.org


Team Vicar

In Vacancy

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Laura Martin - Assistant Curate 

Laura is married to Phil, and they have two teenage sons. Before training for ordination, she worked as a midwife in Leeds and then as an administrator at a busy primary school. She enjoys curling up with a good book, baking, getting out for long walks in the countryside and spending quality time with family and friends – preferably in a cosy café with a wedge of homemade cake! Laura has a heart for pastoral care, is passionate about people and wants everyone to know how precious they are to God.

To contact Laura email: laura.martin@leeds.anglican.org

young people's worker

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Emma James - Young People's Worker

Emma has lived in Harrogate for 19 years and worked as a primary school teacher for most of that time. She has also served as a volunteer children’s and youth leader at St Mark's Church in Harrogate for many years. Emma loves spending time with young people and is passionate about telling them about Jesus and encouraging them to find their own relationship with Him so they can be released into the person God made them to be. She feels very blessed to have the job of Young People's worker at SJSL.

Emma has three children and loves coffee, camping and....Christmas!

To contact Emma email: youthwork@stjohnsandstlukes.org.uk



Gill Clarke - Parish Administrator 

Gill lives with her partner Greg, has three young children, a (rather grumpy) cat and an ever-growing number of chickens. Coming from a

life-long career in Retail Management, her Parish Administrator role now allows her a balanced family life. She enjoys reading, Latin and ballet dancing and going to live music events.

To contact Gill email: church@stjohnsandstlukes.org.uk




Jan Johnson - Reader


Noel Duke - Service Leader



Pat Fenton - Churchwarden (St Luke's)

Pat married Pete at St John’s in 2016 after having been a widow for some years. She has one adult son.  She has been at St Luke's for a long time and, aside from church, has done a variety of jobs, mostly clerical. She enjoys gardening, reading, making her own greetings cards and looking after her husband.

Alethea Fry - Churchwarden (St Luke's)

more details from Alethea to follow...


Jane Reichert - Churchwarden (St John's)

Jane grew up at St John’s. She is a retired modern languages teacher but spent the last 16 years of her career as Safeguarding Lead in a Pupil Referral Unit. She has two grown up children, Thomas and Hannah. In her free time she enjoys walking, gardening, travelling, spending time with her children and adventures in her antiquated motorhome, Barney-Van. 


Nigel Thompson - Churchwarden (St John's)