Olly & Ali Ryder
Olly (Vicar) worked as a priest in London for more than 8 years and for more than 5 years at Holy Trinity Brompton and Alpha International. Before that he worked at Sotheby's auction house trying to sell paintings and other works of art after a degree in Art History. His wife Ali is a qualified geo-technical engineer and spent a number of years working for Ove Arup - she's the brains! They love their family, their dog Badger, walking the SW Coast Path and helping normal (and not so normal) people discover the life changing power and presence of God in their everyday lives.
Jon & Rachel Hudson
Jon (Worship & Creative Pastor) and Rach (Kids Pastor) are loving life in Plymouth having moved down in July 2016. Jon had been serving as Worship & Youth Pastor at theBarn Bidford for 2 years & Rachel had been the Children's Pastor for 3 years before they moved and are both really excited for all that God has in store for St Matt's & Plymouth! Jon is also the Worship Central advisor for Plymouth and is really looking forward to gathering with worship teams across the city to dream, pray, worship & learn together. In their spare time you can probably find them at a National Trust property, at a West Brom (or Plymouth Argyle!) match or at a zoo looking at the penguins. They really like penguins.
Jonathan (Operations Director) and his wife Anna moved to Devon from London 16 years ago with a young family and have enjoyed watching them grow up (and now begin to move on) in glorious countryside and on beautiful beaches. Jonathan qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse and worked in advertising, media and property related businesses. He became a christian on an Alpha course at an HTB plant in South London so working and worshipping at St Matt's feels a bit like coming home again. He enjoys skiing, playing tennis and (occasionally!) beating Rob at squash.
Rob & Jess Fowler
By 25 years of age, Rob (Curate & Student Pastor) had been thrown-out of two universities, set-up a business trading in Dubai and was well-established in his rather erratic ways. But it wasn’t until Jesus came into his life that things really got exciting! His wife Jess is a mental health social worker and wonderful mother to Anna and James! They share many passions — treks, beach trips and birds of prey — but Jess loves running on her own and tackling various arts & crafts, whilst Rob goes off to play pretty much any sport, eat pancakes and get his hopes-up about Man Utd!
Hannah (Church Centre Manager) has spent most of her life growing up in Devon, where the beautiful scenery inspired her love of photography. She is so excited to be joining the St Matt's adventure and is looking forward to combining her love of events management and organisation with this amazing church! In her spare time you'll probably find her raiding a sweet shop to feed her confectionery addiction, or as she's recently passed her driving test she's often in the car with her boyfriend Matt exploring the South West country side (or just getting lost!)
Anna (Pastoral Care Coordinator) is married to Jonathan with three daughters. Anna grew up in London and remained there for 38 years where she ran her own business in West London. Whilst the girls were still very young the family sold the business and moved down to Devon 16 years ago where Anna concentrated her time on raising the family and working voluntarily for a couple of local churches. This work included running youth groups, women groups, alpha groups, and being part of the church leadership team for six years. Anna has also worked for prison fellowship in Dartmoor prison helping with Bible studies, and she is now trained to mentor ex offenders. She also heads up The Recovery Course at St Matt's. Anna loves tennis, skiing, reading, art, eating, socialising with friends, swimming, cycling, walking her two dogs and match making.