Trinity Church York

Who's Who

Our church is run by a team of elders. Our elders are responsible for the teaching, leading, running and pastoral care of the church.

The deacons have the task of looking after the practical needs of people in the congregation and helping the church show the love of Christ to others outside the church too.

Other staff assist the elders and deacons in various ways - particularly our Student Women's worker helps with pastoral care and teaching of the female students in our church.

Matthew Roberts


Matthew Roberts is the minister of Trinity Church York. He grew up in St. Albans, near London, and has been a Christian all his life. He did a Physics degree before moving to London to work. Later he trained to be a church minister in London and in Philadelphia, USA, and then lived in or near Newcastle-upon-Tyne for five years before moving to York in summer 2009.

Matthew is married to Kate, who was born and grew up in Everton, although she has always supported Liverpool. They married in 2002 and have three children.

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Roland Kettle


Roland is from London, but he has been in York since 2003 when he came to study English (changed after a year to Physics) at the University of York. He had the privilege of marrying his college rep in James College Christian Union, Becca, a few years later. They have two little boys, Jacob and Reuben (who are in fact brothers despite Genesis 29). He works as a Depot Manager for Network Rail, managing the Newcastle high output track renewals depot which delivers track renewals jobs using high output machines in Scotland and the north of England.

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Simon Foster


Simon is originally from Chesterfield, and has fond childhood memories of exploring the Peak District, in and around North Derbyshire. He moved to York back in 2012, for his job in Computer Science Research at the University of York. He married Yujung, from South Korea, in 2015 and they have a young son, Samuel, and another shortly to be born.

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Rob Gooch


Rob is married to Anna and is currently the stage manager at York based Riding Lights Theatre Company. After training at Newcastle in Agriculture he has had a varied career which includes roles in business development around southern Africa, psychiatric nursing assistant and actor.

Rob Rampley


Rob moved from Suffolk to York in 2008 when he came to study Economics and Finance at the University of York. He became a Christian at university and began attending Trinity Church at the beginning in 2011. Rob now works in York as an accountant and lives with his wife Amelia, after they married in January 2013.

Tim Toase


Tim grew up in the York area, and became a Christian in his mid-teens. He moved back to the area in 2013 to complete his Joinery apprenticeship. He became a member at Trinity Church York, and was ordained as a deacon in January 2018. He works as a Joiner/Carpenter for a Joinery company based near Malton. 

Naomi Tunnicliffe

Student Women's Worker

Naomi grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and then spent three years in Sheffield studying for a degree in Philosophy. She moved to York in 2010 where she joined Trinity Church. She later completed a Masters degree in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics at York University. Naomi has been working with our female students since 2012.

Naomi married Sam in the summer of 2014.

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Peter Leach

Trainee Minister

Peter grew up in the back of beyond in Mozambique, before coming back to the UK for secondary school.  In 2013 he finished a degree in Maths and moved to Dagenham, where he spent three years as a church youth worker.  He moved to York in September 2016.

Bethany Clark

Church Administrator

Bethany grew up in Carlisle, she moved to York in 2013 to study for her degree in Psychology at York St John University. She started working as an intern for Trinity Church York in 2016, and is now our Church Administrator.