Who's Who

Revd. Canon David Banbury

Revd. Canon David Banbury - Vicar


Telephone: 01704 891640
Contact David
Revd Canon David Banbury is vicar of St John the Baptist. He is married to Kathryn and they have two grown up, married children. Having had no contact with the Christian faith in his childhood or youth David came to faith aged 19 after getting to know a kind, caring and supportive Christian family. David is passionate about giving people the opportunity to discover the adventure of following Jesus. Over the last few years David turned his hand to a range of activities including: playing American Football for Yorkshire, serving 12 years in the British Army, writing plays, running marathons, repairing classic cars and suffering for many years as a supporter of Sunderland Football Club. David and Kathy like trips out, drinking tea and eating cake.


Elliott Ireton

Elliott Ireton - Curate


Telephone: 01704 897920
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Twitter: @elliott_ireton

Elliott has been working in churches for over 13 years in various forms including 2 years in Kenya and 9 years in North London. He trained for ordained ministry in Durham before taking up the role of Curate here in 2017. Elliott is married to Jo and they have four children, Alice, Minnie, Isaac and Gabriel.

Elliott loves baking bread and sharing it, making coffee and drinking it, watching football and playing it (come on The Arsenal!) and spending time with family and friends. He got ordained because he believes Jesus is good news worth sharing. He wants to help people find rest in an often restless culture and believes that can only be found in Christ or as St Augustine put it 'Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.'



Revd. Brian Abraham

Revd. Brian Abraham - Minister

Minister - Tuesday Service, Pastoral Visitation

Telephone: 01704 892547
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Brian came to faith at the age of 40. He took early retirement from his secular employment and studied for the Ordained Local Ministry, which culminated in ordination in the year 2000. Brian is involved in all aspects of parish ministry, but his focus is on pastoral care, particularly to the bereaved. Brian is married to Sue with 2 married daughters and 4 grandchildren. Brian's favourite verse from Scripture is 1 Timothy Chapter 1 Verse 12 - "I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength for my work. I thank him for considering me worthy and appointing me to serve him" - GNB.


Joanna Marshall

Joanna Marshall

Youth & Children's Co-ordinator - Tots & Toddlers, All Stars, JC, Schools & Marriage Preparation

Telephone: 01704 897852
Contact Joanna
Growing up in Goosnargh, Joanna came to Ormskirk to train as a teacher at Edge Hill. After teaching in Bolton & then Parbold, Joanna took up her post at St John's in 2004.She loves spending time with her family (husband Phil & their two boys) & friends and enjoys being in the outdoors.


Dave Emmett

Dave Emmett

Pastoral Ministry and Social Action Coordinator.

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Dave is also a part time tutor at St Mellitus Theological College in Liverpool and he has a wealth of experience in Church leadership. Prior to joining the congregation at St John's he was part of the Leadership team at King's Church in Manchester. Dave and his wife, Philippa, also worked as missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo serving the thousand Pentecostal churches in the Kasai provinces. Dave and Philippa enjoy walking, especially when they can do a good coastal path. They also love cooking together and enjoy spending time with their family. Dave is also a long suffering Birmingham City


Mel Critchley

Mel Critchley - Parish Administrator


Telephone: 01704 897852
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Mel is married to Edward and they have two sons, Thomas and Alastair. She has lived in Burscough since 1993 and started worshipping regularly at St John's in 2004. She feels it a privilege to be working here as Parish Administrator which she started in 2016. She is an avid reader, enjoys gardening, baking and travelling.


Jennie Short

Jennie Short - Operations Manager


Telephone: 01704 897852
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Jennie has grown up in Burscough since her dad Neil Cosslett was vicar here in the late 80's and says that St John's is like a second home. She has been involved in lots of areas of church ministry, but predominantly leading worship and youth work. After studying Business at Chester University, Jennie worked in a few different industries before deciding to take some time out to look after her young children; then when the opportunity at St John's came up for Operations Manager she felt a 'God nudge' to go for it and is very happy that she did! She now lives in Rufford with husband Pete and 3 children. In her spare time she loves being with family and friends, as well as singing, playing guitar and drums (not all at the same time), relentlessly supporting her beloved Everton, or relaxing to a good movie. Her go to Bible verse is "I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).


Readers Al Rimmer
  Christine Donnally
Reader Emeritus Roy Lewis
Licenced Minister Rev Wendy Williams
Church Wardens Rob Williams
  Caroline McCaul
Dep- Church Wardens Liz Hale
  John McCall
  Barry Littler
  Martin Webber
  Danny Abraham
Estates Manager David Orritt
Hon. Treasurer Pete Short
Technical Services Phil Marshall
Contemporary Music Pete Short
Church Organist Tom Cooper