St. Mary’s Ministry Team

The Associate Vicar at St Mary’s Church is the Rev’d Sally Goodson.
The Rev’d Professor Nicolas Goulding is an Associate Priest.
Jenny Goulding and Hilary Pask are Readers (lay ministers) who are based mainly at St. Mary’s. We also have two lay leaders of worship.

St. Mary’s Clergy and leaders – Nina, Jenny, Nick, Hilary, Richard and Sally

Two district wardens help with administration and organisation – at present these are Helen Champion and Lynn Whitwam.
A district church committee (DCC) meets regularly. The committee also has representatives on the Parochial Church Council.

Sally is Associate Priest for St. Mary’s Church. She was born in Buckinghamshire, and moved with her family to Cambridge as a teenager. After university in Birmingham she worked for many years as a Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS, working with children with special needs. She trained for ministry at STETS in Salisbury, and was ordained in 2013. She served her title in Winchester, where she was also a hospital chaplain. Sally is married to Kelvin and they have two sons. Leisure includes walking, including charity walks, and a love of Cornwall.

Professor Nicolas J. Goulding, B.Sc.(Hons.), Ph.D., Adv.Dip. Theol. Associate Clergy, St Mary’s, Kinsbourne Green. Nick was born in Salisbury, Wilts and grew up in Dorset and Lincoln. He gained a degree in Physiology & Biochemistry and a PhD in Immunopathology at Southampton University and spent 10 years researching into arthritis at the Royal National Hospital in Bath. A Reader for 10 years, he felt the call to be ordained in 1994. He and his family (wife Jenny and two children) moved to Harpenden in 1994 and he trained for the ministry part-time at Oak Hill College, whilst establishing an Arthritis Research Unit at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. He is Chaplain to Bart’s and the London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry and also teaches pharmacology, immunology and medical ethics in the University of London.

Jenny Goulding was born in Dunstable but moved to Bracknell at the age of one.  She met her husband, Nick, while studying Maths at Southampton University.  Later, she qualified as a teacher and has taught music and piano in schools and privately.  She has 2 children and 6 grandchildren.  Jenny has been involved with church music and Bible studies since being a teenager and was licensed as a Reader in 2008.  She leads the monthly afternoon family worship (Simply Worship), has been involved with children’s Explorers groups and has conducted the Christmas choir.

Hilary Pask was born in London and trained as a nurse at The London Hospital.  After working for the NHS in Hertfordshire for many years, she left her senior position in 2012 to follow other interests while also working as a staff nurse in both the public and private sectors.
Hilary was able to follow a course of study at St Albans Abbey and was presented with the Certificate in Theology in 2017.  This was when she started training for Lay Ministry and she was licensed as a Reader in 2019.
When not working as a nurse or undertaking reader duties, Hilary’s main interest is music.  She has recently gained the RSCM Bronze and Silver awards and is also a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers.
Hilary has been married to Philip for many years, and they live in Harpenden with their cats.