John & Yvonne Pressdee


Before coming to the Green in 2001, John and Yvonne were involved in Ichthus Christian Fellowship, where John was on the main Leadership and Yvonne led a congregation. John was also involved in the start of March for Jesus and together John and Yvonne have led many prayerwalks all over Europe, including from Berlin to Moscow, Cologne to Istanbul and all around Ireland. In the last few years they have visited many areas affected by the two world wars and John is now Chaplain to 'The Friends of Lochnagar,' - the crater formed when mines exploded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. John likes Jazz, the Goons and World War Two aircraft, especially Spitfires! Yvonne paints and, as a problem solver, likes doing puzzles and watching detective programmes. They have a daughter, three sons and eleven grandchildren!

Becky Brown


Becky is our feisty little miracle, with amazing energy and tolerance! She is involved in the youth work, events team and anywhere else she is needed. She is married to Simon who heads up our audio visuals team.

Becky Brown

Katie Burtonshaw

Children and Families Worker

Energetic marathon runner and mum of four girls, Katie seems to have more hours in her day than the rest of us. She runs our Sunday School, Parents and Toddlers and REFRESH for ladies. She also helps out at Girl's Brigade and is responsible for the local Spinnaker Hub; a team who take assemblies in local junior schools. Then there are school events, Easter Bunny Hunts, Holiday Clubs and Orpington Big Breakfasts and other events for children.

Katie Burtonshaw

Richard Dowling

Youth Worker

Richard divides his time between working with our young people and the Chaplaincy of Homewood School in Tenterden – the largest school in Kent. Richard runs IGNITE on Thursday evenings and the youth group on Sunday morning and will take a group to Soul Survivor in the Summer. Richard is a keyboard player and an ideas man; part of the Events and Prayer Room teams.

Richard Dowling


Phil & Sheila Simmons

Messy Church

Phil is retired from working as projects engineer for BAA Airports, but does voluntary work at a secondary school, when he's not following his interest in birdwatching, genealogies, archery and model railways. Sheila was a biochemist, is a qualified counsellor, has worked with teenagers at church and in school and also enjoys birdwatching plus Star Trek, craft work and psychology.

Wendy Tennant

Mission Support

After taking her son to Uganda with Tearfund, Wendy took up the vision for Mission and keeps us up to date with what's happening to those that we support financially and in prayer, at home and abroad. Wendy organises a Mission Sunday three times a year, so that we keep in touch with our missionaries. She also takes fortnightly assemblies in a local school as a volunteer with Spinnaker Trust.

Caroline Jessup

The Elderly

Caroline is on the same energy scale as Katie. Since retiring from being a midwife with the Health Service, apart from being involved in walking groups and the Women's Institute, Caroline cares for several elderly people, runs our Tea Room, Wednesday Prayer Group and organises days out and day retreats for our ladies. She is also part of the Bowls group and leads our annual Christianity Explored event with Sid Ancient.

Amanda Custis

GB Captain

Amanda, a solicitor in her normal life, has been very successfully leading our Girls' Brigade for about ten years, having been 'through the ranks,' for most of her life, as her mother was part of the original team. Although Amanda wasn't born when Girls' Brigade started, at Green Street Green, she led the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in June 2017.


Kevin Wright

Kevin runs a pet sitting service with his wife Michelle. He is part of our audiovisual team and is our trustee responsible for safeguarding. Kevin and Michelle lead one of our housegroups.

Simon Swift

The newest member of our Trustees, Simon, who has just completed a DNA leadership training programme, Simon found Jesus after seeing a man with a cross walk past his house a few years ago. Simon, and his wife Jeanette love Jesus and seek to share their love for Him with anyone they meet

Ken Medhurst

Ken and his wife Marian are two of the longest serving members of the church and, over the years have been involved in just about everything. As well as leading a housegroup, Ken is a practical man, and there are few places in the church that haven't been fixed by him at some time.

Jane Baptist

Jane has a demanding job in London but still plays her clarinet in the worship group, is a Sunday School teacher and helps with catering. She and her husband Merril lead one of our house groups.

Pat Howes

Pat is our treasurer. Married to Alan, they are both central to all that happens at the Green, in the worship and events teams. Pat enjoys reading, when she has time!

Mike Ruffhead

Retired from British Telecom, Mike is our Church Secretary and Marriage Registrar. He heads up our building programme and is one of our Ministry Team. He is a Trustee of Prayer Expeditions and also of Cedarmore Housing Association, a charity providing residential care and sheltered housing for the elderly. Mike fund raises for the RNLI, is married to Val who is part of the worship group and in 2018 will be Club Captain of Orpington Excelsior Bowls Club.