Rev’d Don Smith took up the reins as rector of St Mary’s in June 2008 following twenty years’ ministry in various areas of London. Passionate about building a church for the 21st century, Don is keen to see new families coming to church, joining with those who are long-standing church members. Humour and enjoyment of life are high on Don’s agenda which means the congregation often has to suffer his stories and jokes. Don is a keen sports fan and confesses to watching most sports from the safety of his armchair. Don and his wife Karen enjoy walking their two dogs on Frinton beach.
Churchwarden & Children and Families Co-ordinator
Tricia remembers sunny childhood days in Frinton, enjoying CSSM and happy times on the beautiful beach. She used to live here weekends, but now lives here permanently since retirement from the buying team at The John Lewis Partnership. She loves doing anything outside: walking, swimming, cycling, golfing, gardening, reading and also has a passion for India and its people. Tricia likes being involved in different aspects of the church and is keen to help it reach out, showing Jesus' love to the community.
David is still in full-time employment as Company General Manager for a Forklift Company based in South Essex. The son of a church organist, aged 7 he became a chorister. At the age of 15 he joined the Royal Navy but this career was cut short by a road accident in the mid-seventies. Disillusioned with the Church of England in the early 1980s, some ten years ago he was guided back to the fold by the hand of God, through a very positive life event. ‘We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ Romans 8.28 David knows God chose him for this role.
Children's and Families' Worker
Sam has been visiting St Mary's with his family since he was a young boy. His dad, Terry Puttick, works with the London City Mission. In 2016 Sam and his wife Lauren moved to Frinton from Scotland, where they had previously worked at a Christian Outdoor Centre. When they moved they were expecting a baby, and their daughter Eva was born in June 2016. Sam loves working with young people and has a passion for sharing God's love with everyone he meets. He is always up for an adventure and enjoys a challenge!
Heather has lived, with her husband Chris, in his home town of Frinton for over thirty years. Coming from a primary school teaching background, she enjoys interacting with people of all ages, and really enjoys reading and admin! Her Christian faith is very important to her, knowing that life would have been much more difficult without the understanding that God can work things out for good in every situation. She loves being part of St Mary’s and does her best to help our church community run smoothly and efficiently in all sorts of ways!
Duncan comes from a traditional background in church music, having been a boy chorister in Oxford. His taste in music has expanded to include a wide-range of styles since he began teaching music in schools in the 1980’s. Duncan believes that church music should be all-encompassing and reflect as far as possible the wide ranging backgrounds of established congregations as well as those who come new into the church. Even though Duncan lives in Colchester and has been travelling to Frinton since the year 2000, the excitement of coming to a famous seaside town has not worn off!
Contemporary Services Worship Leader
Debbie grew up in Colchester where, after leaving school, she trained as an audiologist, later moving on to work in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, and then The Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton.
She has been involved with church music, in both music groups and choirs, since a teenager. Her love of music spans all genres; she comes from a family of drummers! Her hope is that through music and singing, people will be able to explore and deepen their own spiritual journey.
David came to St Mary’s as administrator in 2005 having taken early retirement from BT after 30 years in various management roles and driving a delivery van for Boots [in Frinton]! He was born in North Wales, baptised & confirmed into the Welsh Presbyterian Church and became an Anglican in 1983 via the English Methodist Church!
Stewart and his wife Sue have lived in Little Clacton for well over 30 years. He was caretaker and site manager at St Clare’s RC Primary School in Clacton for 21 years, but started his working life in Holburn, London, in the civil service Trademarks Office. He then turned his hand to being a butcher, and 10 years at Smithfield Meat Market! After taking early retirement in 2017, thankfully for St Mary’s, he changed his mind and joined us as caretaker in January 2018, quickly becoming a reliable and considerate part of our team.