Staff Team

Staff and others at Trinity Churches


Phil Cansdale is vicar of Trinity Churches, a role which includes leading the staff team and overseeing different congregations across Trinity Churches. He is also Area Dean of Shrewsbury, which gives him the added joys of working with colleagues and churches across the town and beyond. Originally from Bristol and coming via Pakistan, Oxford, Canterbury and Wolverhampton, he has been in Shrewsbury since 2009. Married to Tracey – who works locally as a primary school head teacher – he has three children who seem far too grown up. Phil has many aspirations in life. Ideally he’d love to play the piano like Jools Holland, cook like Jamie Oliver, and explore the world like Bear Grylls. Given the extreme likelihood of failing in all three, he will settle for being a loving husband, a great dad, and a fruitful church leader.

Valerie Pitt is an Associate Minister at Trinity Churches.  She has a particular role in overseeing the 9am congregation at Holy Trinity but also leads worship across the parish.  Valerie champions the cause of the elderly in the parish and keeps an eye on our thriving monthly Trinity Table lunch. Valerie is married to John and they have five children and an increasing number of grandchildren. Valerie also enjoys singing, gardening, walking and spending time with their family.

Charles Ruxton is an Associate Minister at Trinity Churches. Sometimes seen as old and wise, he is actually rather childish, though you have to get to know him to see that (ask his wife, Sylvia). He is known to spend time wondering how it might be possible to pray, as well as actually praying. He earns his living by running a successful small business doing pollution testing and cleanup and spends spare time with family, whistling folk tunes, hill-walking and going sailing when he can. Sylvia and Charles have a small retreat house attached to their home.

Judith Clarkson is the Children’s Minister at Trinity Churches and has lived in Shrewsbury and been a member of Trinity Churches with, husband Steve, for over 20 years. She has 3 grown up children who have all flown the nest and spread far and wide. She has had the role of Children’s Worker for the last twelve years and enjoys all the variety and challenges of the job, working with families and children in the church, local schools and community. Walking in our beautiful countryside or playing music are the ways she spends her spare time when not visiting family and friends and she can often be found in bandstands during the summer months either playing the clarinet or wielding the baton trying to keep order.

Craig Silcock is responsible for Youth and Young Adults’ Ministry. Originally from Shrewsbury, Craig moved away for 10 years before returning in 2018 alongside wife Emily and their children Bethany, Hannah and Olivia who was born here. They share a passion for young people and inter-generational ministry! Craig and Emily love eating dinner with friends, board games, social sports (especially Frisbee and French cricket!!) and movies.

Carol Booles is the pre-school worker. She is married to Keith, they have lived in Shrewsbury for many years and their three children have grown up here. She runs  the toddler groups First Steps (Radbrook) and Trinity Tots (Meole Brace). Her role includes supporting those families bringing their children for baptism and when required she runs various crèches for outreach activities.  Carol has recently been authorised as a lay minister with pastoral responsibilities.

Keith Moore is the Pioneer Community Minister. Originally hailing from the Isle of Man, he settled in Shrewsbury nearly 3 years ago after working with Youth With A Mission for 10 years. He has a passion for talking to people about Jesus, teaching the Bible and discussing the big questions of life. He enjoys watching superhero movies, reading detective stories, and is hoping to write a book. He is even hopeful that when its finished someone might read it!

Amal Moore is the Pioneer Community Minister. She comes from the land of the Pharaohs, the Great Pyramid, and home of the longest river in the world. She has a heart for discipleship and reaching out to people from different backgrounds, groups, and cultures within the community. She enjoys hospitality and entertaining, and is a big fan of Liverpool FC and loves her cat, Cookie Dough.

William works Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, and is responsible for the smooth running of the ‘engine’ of the Trinity Churches ‘ship’ in close collaboration with and under the guidance of the Vicar, the Church Wardens, the Honorary Treasurer and of course the PCC. This includes financial, personnel, property, contractual, insurance and policy issues plus a wide variety of other things that form the life of the ‘engine-room’ of this vibrant and busy Church. He works closely with the Church Office and Trinity Centre teams run by the Parish Administrator, the Finance Officer, and the Events Manager, without all of whose outstanding contributions this ‘ship’ could easily veer off course!

Jenny Jones is our Finance Officer who works 10 hours a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. She has worked in Finance for many years, previously with Shropshire Council and Shropshire Youth Association. She is a local “girl” having lived in Shrewsbury most of her life, and attended the Priory School. She is married to Brian and they have a grown up daughter named Claire. She enjoys walking in the Shropshire Countryside, spending time with family & friends, and helping others.

Mel Evans is our Communications Assistant who works Thursdays and Fridays for 10 hours a week. Mel is part of the 18-30s at the 10:45 congregation and sings in one of the worship bands.

Helen Hinton is Events Manager at Trinity Churches.  Helen grew up in Lincolnshire and moved around the Midlands before meeting and marrying husband Mike (Maintenance Supervisor)  and settling in Shrewsbury in 1988. She is a Mum and a Gran and has been a member of Holy Trinity since 1994.  Helen began working at the Trinity Centre as a volunteer Welcome Assistant when it opened in 2008 and has grown into her current role of Events Manager. She enjoys woolcraft, music and spending time with her ever-growing family and her three cats.

Carol Booles is one of our Senior Welcome Assistants for the Trinity Centre. She is married to Keith and they have three children. She works as part of the team offering hospitality and welcome at the Trinity Centre and finds the role varied but very rewarding.  Being a Welcome Assistant gives Carol the opportunity to share God’s love with people through our actions of serving them.

Corinne Ashton

Senior Welcome Assistant
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Corinne Ashton is one of our Senior Welcome Assistants for the Trinity Centre. She has lived in Meole Brace for over 30 years, with twenty years of youth and community work experience and a passion for people to know God’s love for themselves.  Corinne enjoys providing welcome and hospitality in Jesus name since the Centre opened it’s doors in 2008.  She has honed her self-discipline by resisting the many opportunities to eat the cakes available in the Centre and is often seen cleaning, chatting and praying for Centre users.  She is also a member of the Trinity Centre Management Committee. Corinne is passionate about equipping the church and youth in prayer and prophecy at both local and national level.  She enjoys having fun, walking in the Lake District, swimming, skiing and cooking and has three poems published.

Lissi Small is one of the co-managers at Cafe Connect.  She is from Sweden but her accent is from South Africa where she spent quite a few years. She came to Shrewsbury 4 years ago with her husband William who is Operations manager at Trinity Churches, and their little dog Molly. Their four children are scattered between Sweden, England and Spain and so far they have three grand children. Lissi fellowships at St George’s in Frankwell and pays visits to the evening service at Trinity from time to time. in her spare time she likes to take long doggie walks, sew, paint and read

Erica Staples

Warden (HT)
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Richard Boak

Warden (HT)
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Georgia Barton

Warden (CTK)
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