Meet the Team

The Rector

Rev’d Barnaby Huish is Rector of St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross and St. Margaret of Antioch, Crossgate.


Alongside our Rector


Rev’d Nicky Chater is an Associate Minister.

Nicky is a self-supporting minister recently retired from the NHS. She was a Reader for a number of years in Liverpool before moving to Durham in 2004. She trained at Cranmer Hall in Durham and was ordained in 2007. She is married to Mike.



Mike Chater is a Reader (a lay person trained in theology and ministry.) In his secular life he was a Civil Engineer before retirement. As a Reader, he leads services, preaches regularly, and shares in pastoral duties with the ordained clergy in the church. He is married to Nicky.

A number of other clergy and lay people have permission to officiate.

CHURCH WARDENS – Mike Chater and Joan Twomey


My background is in education and when I retired I changed my focus to ‘Messy Church’ which has flourished for the last 8 years. My husband and I have worshipped at St John’s for over 30 years and the church folks are part of our extended family. It is a place of love and acceptance and it’s been amazing to see how God is working and prayers have been answered for many years.



I took up the treasurer’s job in retirement in 2018 after a career in teaching. I’ve worshipped at St John’s since 1980 when my family came to live in this part of the city. My children were all brought up locally but are now scattered afar, married with their own families. My husband shares my faith and we have a vision that our church has a role in the immediate community, as well as links with our neighbouring parishes.



I am server at the 10:30 a.m. service, and occasionally read the lesson, lead the intercessions and administer the chalice.
I am secretary to the PCC. My chief claim to fame is taking part in a sleepout at Durham Cathedral in support of a homeless charity.

I attend with my mother.


Children and Youth Worker

I joined St John’s Team in 2017 after spending some time volunteering abroad with Interserve. Prior to that I trained for four years in Nottingham with the ‘Institute for Children, Youth and Mission’ in partnership with Nottingham Youth for Christ.  This confirmed my calling to work in a church community with children and young people, a job which I love.

Amy Ward


I came to Durham in 2015 to study theology, mission and ministry at Cranmer Hall, following a two-year stint overseas with ‘Latin Link.’ I joined St John’s during this time, having taught music in a previous life. As my degree came to a close, the feeling that God might be calling both me and St John’s to a more formal missional role became increasingly strong.

Consequently, since January 2019 I have been working part-time as the church missioner primarily in Bearpark, an ex-mining village in a neighbouring parish. Music forms an integral part of my work, and has been a particularly helpful way to build bridges between the church and wider community. It has been great working in partnership with Christians and other members of the community there.

Amy Ward has been our Music Director for several years and was employed part-time as a Missioner in Jan 2019.

If you’d like to know more about our music, click  here.


The Parochial Church Council is elected to share with the Rector in giving direction to the Church. It performs functions of governance and strategic planning.



Three members of the PCC represent St John’s at Durham Deanery Meetings.



is Mrs Jane Holmes, her role is shared with our sister church, St Margarets. She can be contacted at the Parish Office at 66 Crossgate, Durham City, DH1 4PR or 0191 384 2433 or at