Who's who

Our Staff Team

St Nic’s is governed by the PCC who are the church’s trustees, and we also have a leadership team who work with the rector to set the vision and long-term strategy of the church.

If you need to contact the church please visit the Contact Us page.


Ministry Team

Steve Silvester // Rector

Steve has been Rector since January 2008. Steve says, “I originally came to Nottingham when Jane and I married in 1985 – and we’ve been here ever since. I’m finally getting the idea that God has called us to this city!” After training at St. John’s, Nottingham, Steve served an extended curacy in Mapperley where he planted ‘The Well’ and then led St Luke’s, Gamston, through an extended period of growth.

Steve and Jane have three adult daughters. Jane is a secondary school teacher, as was Steve before ordination. Their day off is Friday, which they normally spend walking, followed by a ballroom dancing lesson.

Steve’s wider leadership responsibilities include being Area Dean for Nottingham (South), serving on Bishop’s Council, leading City Prayer and being an Honorary Canon of Southwell Minster.


Garreth Frank // Curate

Garreth moved to Nottingham in order to serve his curacy at St Nic’s, after being ordained in July 2017. Previously, Garreth grew up in rural North Wales before moving, heading off to York to study History and Politics. After graduation, he spent two years working as a student worker for G2, a ‘fresh expression’ church linked with St Michael le Belfrey. Garreth loves walking alongside people exploring what it means to follow Christ and be part of his church and has a particular passion for ministry amongst millennials. Outside of church, Garreth enjoys reading, running and heavy metal, and is passionate about Arsenal FC and the Welsh national rugby team.

Fran Finn // Ordinand


Emily Trood // Students Minister

As a vicar’s kid, Emily spent a lot of her childhood moving house the Midlands area and Lancashire. She moved to study music at the University of Nottingham in 2013 and quickly settled at St Nic’s. After graduating in 2016, Emily worked with the Nottingham university Christian Unions as a Relay Worker with UCCF for a year before beginning her role at St Nic’s in 2017. She is passionate about seeing students come to know Jesus and seeing them grow in their relationship with Him. Emily is excited to get married to her fiancé Jonno in April 2019 and, when not working or wedding planning, enjoys socialising with friends and gentle walks that end in coffee shops!


Rich Wood // Children & Families’ Minister

Rich was brought up in Surrey on a TV-starved diet of Classical music, card games and tennis (all of which he still loves including TV!). He moved to Nottingham from Poole, Dorset with his wife, Laura, and 3 children (Martha, Leah and Isaac) in November 2018 after 20 years teaching because the family heard God’s call to step into Children and Families work. Rich believes that Jesus came to give us life to the full, and church is a great place for life and fun. He and his family love being part of the church family at St Nics.


Ben Lees // Worship & Creative Media Lead

Dave Barlow // Student Work Intern

After growing up in a little village in Devon, Dave moved to Bournemouth to complete a degree in Sports Psychology. After getting involved in the CU, he developed a passion for student mission and so moved to Nottingham in September 2018 to become the Student Work intern. When he’s not at church you’ll find him on the cricket pitch or reviewing heavy metal albums for the website Mind Noise Network.


Ian Paul // Associate Minister

Ian worked in industry before training for ordination in Nottingham and doing a PhD in the interpretation of the Book of Revelation. He spent nearly ten years in parish ministry in Poole, Dorset, and another ten in theological education (training future ministers) back here in Nottingham.

Since 2013, Ian has been an independent speaker and teacher covering a range of contexts. He writes and publishes what is probably the most widely-read blog in the Church of England at www.psephizo.com. His passion is to help the church to hear what the Spirit is saying through the Scriptures, so that we are all resourced for our walk of faithful discipleship. Ian can be contacted on matters related to his work outside St Nic’s at editor@grovebooks.co.uk .



Operations Team

Mark Wilkinson // Operations Manager

Mark arrived at home in late September in Nottingham. He’s lived all his life within the county as do most of his growing family. Husband to Jane, Dad of 4, and now very proud Grandparent of 7 and counting! Mark loves anything related to water: on it, in it or under it.

Mike Kirk // Church Administrator

Mike is Nottinghamshire born and bred. He is married to Caroline (also from Nottinghamshire) and they have two girls. Mike worked in systems development and installation for Siemens until 2009 when he went and trained as a primary school teacher. Mike joined the staff in May, 2013. Mike is a keen cyclist and runner, and plays in a Big Band.


Laura Jowett // Media & Communications Intern







Laura grew up in Huddersfield but came to Nottingham in 2014 to study Business Management at Nottingham Trent. She came to St Nic’s as a student, and after graduating in July began an internship with the Younger Leadership College at St Nic’s. As part of her role, Laura runs our social media accounts and is passionate about a good Instagram post, she is also a bit of a brunch connoisseur!



Our Church Wardens

Jonathan Etheridge & Juliet Wright

Jonathan Etheridge




Other members of the Church Leadership Team

Alison Fletcher

Alison Fletcher 2016 (150)




Lois Smith

Lois Smith 2016 (150)




Jonny Coleman




Peter Wright

Peter Wright




Steve, Juliet and Jonathan are also part of Church Leadership Team.


If you need to contact any of the Staff Team, please visit the Contact Us page.