Running the church

Meet the team

John Routh


John Routh

I was born in 1960 and brought up in Blackburn. At university I studied Mathematics and my early working life was spent as a Chartered Accountant. Along the way I married, had two children and moved to the Birmingham area.

I went to Theological College (Cuddesdon) in 1993, was ordained 2 years later and have been a full-time minister since. I’ve been in Sutton Coldfield since 1999, and at Holy Trinity since the start of 2006.

My interests include music, reading, films, Formula 1 (and more recently, linocutting!). And despite years of disappointment I can’t stop myself from following Blackburn Rovers.

Leanne Carr


Leanne Carr

I was born in the Black Country and have lived in the West Midlands all my life.  I trained as a Mental Health Nurse, specialising in working with older adults. I met my husband and  gave up nursing when our first daughter was born, being a stay-at-home parent for a few years.  The stirring of a calling to ordained ministry had continued to unfold over the years and I was accepted for training in 2017 and completed 2 years training at Queens Foundation in Edgbaston, from 2017-2019.

I have an eclectic mix of interests, from reading and music (listening to and making) to yoga and knitting.  I’m also a closet tree-hugger and love to spent time in woodlands and forests.

Paul Duckers

Associate Priest

Paul Duckers

Born in Chester, I came to Birmingham when I was 12 years old. I eventually joined the Finance Department of Joseph Lucas Electrical Ltd.

Having enjoyed retirement for a time a former Rector of Holy Trinity encouraged me to become a Reader. Ordination as a Priest came in 2010. Full time retirement has now become part time.

I am married to Pat and we have three children and four grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren live in California, so I am told by Pat that hopefully holidays will be taken there. Other than the grandchildren, interests include family history, holidays and food!

Carole Hoare

Associate Priest

Carol Hoare

I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, but spent my teenage years in Middlesex, where I met my future husband, Terry. I took a degree in English, married in 1968, and we spent three years teaching at a boys’ public school in Jamaica, before settling in Sutton Coldfield.

I was deaconed in 1991, and was privileged to be one of the first women ordained as a priest in 1994.

Terry and I have two sons and two grand-daughters, who are the pride of our lives. We live in a house filled – literally – with books, with a cat who rules the household.

Susie Walker

Youth work co-ordinator

Susie Walker

Sutton has been ‘home’ since I was four years old. After school I went to Yorkshire to study youth and community work at honours degree level. I remained up there for some years, working in Keighley.

In the mid nineties I joined an Anglican religious community and eventually took life vows as a nun. Sadly after getting on for eleven years the circumstances of the Community changed and many of us Sisters felt we could not stay. So now I am back living in Sutton and working as a Youth Worker.

In some of my spare time I research my family tree, play the guitar and enjoy the company of a cat and two goldfish!

Ros Dyke


Ros Dyke

I was born in Croydon, spent my growing up years in Cheltenham but have lived in Sutton Coldfield for the last 40 years or so with my husband Bob.

We have been members of Holy Trinity for about thirty years and feel very blessed to be part of a loving and caring community.

This is my second stint as Churchwarden, I served in this capacity for five years before having a break. It is a privilege to be called to this office.

My interests are cooking and gardening, and I also enjoy the theatre and symphony hall concerts.

Colin Ingley


Colin Ingley

I’ve lived in Sutton since I was two. I married my wife Sue at Holy Trinity in 1982. I can remember Nick King, the curate who married us, saying “although you don’t attend now, if you feel the need at any time in the future, the church is always here for you”. We started coming in 1987 and have been coming ever since.

I am now semi-retired after working for Sainsbury’s for many years. I work part time at Good Hope as a driver/storeman. My interests are mainly DIY. I have built a wedding car and most weekends if I’m not wardening at church, I’m taking a bride to the service.

Carole Young

Parish administrator

Carole Young

I was born in Four Oaks in the house my Dad built in Hill Village Road.  I have lived in Kingsbury near Tamworth for nearly 30 years and worship within the Kingsbury/Baxterley Group of Parishes – with the occasional visit to Holy Trinity on a Sunday.

I worked for various firms of solicitors until I had children. I have now been full time Administrator for Holy Trinity for 9 years.

Away from work I’m a Reader, run the Rainbow Guide unit in Kingsbury, read, play FarmVille on Facebook, and decorate cakes. I live with my husband, son, dog, two cats and occasionally look after my daughter’s horse.

Contacting us


To contact members of the Holy Trinity team:

Telephone the Trinity Centre on 0121 321 1144 or email We will then be able to put you in contact with the best person for your enquiry.

You can also email our ministers directly on

See our contact us page for further details.

Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The clergy may be the visible face of Holy Trinity, but in fact the church is run by its PCC.

PCC is made up of the Rector, the two church wardens, and about 20 church members. Apart from the Rector all the members are elected at our annual meeting, held each April.

PCC meets 4 times a year, and delegates much of the day-to-day running of the church to a number of committees and working groups. These committees include both PCC members and people from the wider congregation.

PCC Committees

We’re always keen to involve congregation members, so if you’re interested and willing to help with a committee have a word with John, our Rector, or one of the wardens.

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