Staff and Elders


JOEL WARD – Youth Pastor

Our Youth Pastor, Joel, has been in full-time Youth Ministry since 2001 and studied at Oasis Trust/Spurgeons College for a BA (Hons) degree in youth work and ministry.  His work has involved running youth clubs, music projects and mission, social action and evangelistic initiatives and he loves seeing young people empowered through mission, service and music. He believes the key to a Church engaging successfully with young people is an approach which combines inspiration to follow Jesus, encounter with Jesus and empowerment to act for Jesus, so that young people can, in turn, inspire others with the awesome impact of the presence of Christ in their lives.


ELE HINE – Families’ Worker

Ele is the Families' Worker at Upton Vale and finds it a great opportunity to tell people about Jesus who don't normally go to church, through the outreach events and courses which go on here.  

She describes life as not always being easy, but that's why she cannot imagine how anyone can live without Jesus as their Lord and Saviour!


PAUL HINE– Children’s Worker

Paul is our Children’s Worker here at Upton Vale. Since getting married to Ele, as a couple and later, as a family, they have been very involved in church work and life, helping run various youth work and children’s groups.




ANNETTE HARPHAM – Celebration Team Leader

Annette heads up the team of worship leaders, musicians and singers who help to bring our Sunday celebrations to life.      She’s responsible for organising and encouraging the musicians, developing their practical skills and arranging music, while  working alongside our technical team and contributing to the development of music and worship in the church.  A keyboard  and trombone player, Annette has been involved in church worship since a teenager.  In addition to her musical experience,  she holds qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Chartered Management Institute.  She’s married with  two young children.



SUE MALONEY– Administration Officer

Sue supervises the Church Office team which provides administration support to all of our ministry groups. Sue works in the Church Office on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Sue is married to John and they have three boys.


MAT MILLER– Caretaker 

Mat is our Caretaker and responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of the building. Mat works alongside our Fabric/Premises Action Team to carry out maintenance and improvements so that our facilities are kept to a high standard for the people using them. 





Martin has worked in the Operating Theatres at Torbay Hospital for 28+ years as an Operating Department Practitioner where he assists the Anaesthetists.

He has been involved in service at UV for many years including roles such as Deacon and Prayer Co-ordinator.  His passions are prayer, and unity, from a large church to its small groups.



Andrew is a consultant at Torbay Hospital where he works with teams helping them with their systems, reducing waiting and improving the quality and safety of healthcare.  Andrew describes himself as ‘quick to listen and slow to speak’ and longs for the local church to be known by people as the place to get answers to their problems.



Wendy is involved with the community of the church including Pastoral Council, Welcome Team, Belonging, Area Pastors, Monday Lunches, Cameo, Just for Women and the Flower team.  Her background in education, and in particular the pastoral side of team building and caring for teachers and pupils alike, has given her the skills required to work in the area of pastoral care.



David is currently chair of the Church Leadership Team. Together with his wife Beverley, David has been a member of Upton Vale for over 30 years. He has served on the leadership team for a number of years and, is also, part of the music ministry team. David’s desire is to fully utilise the gifts God has given him serving Him through the local fellowship, acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly before God (Micah 6:8).



Becky is a Practice Nurse in a busy local surgery and has been coming to Upton Vale for 14 years. During this time she has served in various ways in the children’s and youth work. She had a sense that God wanted to do a “new thing” (Isaiah 43: 19) and that He was asking her to step out in faith, be strong and courageous and allow Him to work in her to do things that she couldn’t do in her own strength.



Sally has been part of the Finance Team and Chair of Human Resources Action Team for a number of years. 

She has a lot of experience and expertise in dealing with finance and human resources but is also someone who welcomes on the door and helps on the coffee rota.



 Rachel is a Chartered Accountant, working for a growing Multi Academy Trust which currently has 15 primary schools in it. She is       married to Paul with two children, Sam and Bethany. She has been coming to Upton Vale since she was a week old (!) and is an active   member of the music ministry team where she sings, plays the piano and leads worship.





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