Our clergy team

Rona Stuart-Bourne - our Rector

Rona is married to Mark and they have four children - Ed, Louis, Annabel & Marcus.  Rona was ordained in Portsmouth in 2011 and has ministered in an island community, an inner-city parish and most recently in the rural parishes of Empshott and Hawkley with Priors Dean. Look out for her walking the dogs, cycling the streets, talking gardening, reading and rugby.

Dermot Verschoyle - our curate (Ordained Local Minister)

I came to Merrow thirty years ago and have been involved in church life ever since. As an author and keen modern jazz fan, I enjoy the creative arts and contemporary ways to expose the gospels both in church and house groups. Married to Kate, a doctor and server, we have three boys Charlie, Ollie and Stu.


Diana Matthews - our "retired" curate (Honorary Assistant Priest)

I have worshipped at St. Johns’ since 1967 and was in ministry for 25 years, first as a pastoral assistant, then reader, then priest. I retired as a an Ordained Local Minister  in November 2011. I am still very happy to help out when needed.  I have three married children - Anna, Andy and Lucy and seven grandchildren.

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