Our Leadership Team

In keeping with our Presbyterian roots Trinity Church is led by a ‘Session’ of elders who have spiritual over-sight of the church and they are supported by a diaconate who look after the day-to-day functioning and administration of the church.


Our Session:


 Jim Downie, Pastor & Elder
Born in Belfast, Jim served with the Army (Royal Irish Rangers) for 22 years. After attending Bible College in Cape Town he spent the next 10 years as an evangelist to the forces with SASRA before taking up his post with Trinity in 2005. He is married to Debbie who is from Zimbabwe and they have two married daughters. Reduced to being a spectator these days, Jim enjoys most sports but in particular rugby and boxing. In his spare time and to study, he likes to ‘retreat’ to North Cornwall.


Stuart Fraser, Elder & Chair of Trustees
Born in Redhill, Surrey. Subsequently married Isabel and had three children Doug, Sheila, and Andrew, and a total of two granddaughters! Having trained in the textile industry, he worked in a number of managerial roles in garment manufacturing. More latterly, has been self employed in mens’ clothing retail. Interests: walking, scuba diving, sailing, and travel. Long term involvement in Urban Saints/Crusader youth activities, church leadership, and small discussion groups.

 Malcolm Harrison, Pastoral Elder
Malcolm was born in Plymouth, served in the Army, with the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for 22 years, and continued working for the MOD for the next 24 years. Now retired, he is married to Gloria, they have a daughter and son, who have given them 5 grandsons and a granddaughter. He became a member of IPC/Trinity in 1987. He served as a deacon for 12 years, standing down as Chair of Deacons when elected to Eldership. He is a student of Hebrew and Greek.


 George Anelay, Elder
George was born and brought up in Oxford, but moved south to get married to his wife Nicole in 2000. He spends much of his working time digging holes, looking in them and then filling them in again since he is an archaeologist. In his spare time he likes to spend as much time as possible with his wife and three daughters in between reading, making things out of wood, preparing Bible studies, socialising and playing the occasional game of squash.


Our Diaconate


Gill Deverill, Deacon
Gill is married to Steve and has two grown up sons. She has lived and worked in the local area all of her life and has spent the last 14 years working in the preschool environment. She enjoys gardening, cooking and creative activities. She became as Deacon in 2014.


 Magan Singodia, Deacon