About Us

St. Matthew’s Church is located on the eastern edge of Plymouth, next to the Elburton Inn.

It is an easy walk from most parts of the parish, has plenty of parking available,

and is well served by public transport.

We are an anglican church, meaning that we are part of the Church of England, and we are evangelical, meaning that we try to follow the Bible's teaching even when it's counter-cultural.

Our purpose is to get ready for Jesus' return by listening to God's Word & reaching God's World. (Our vision paper is available here.) To this end we run many different groups and activities, and hope to provide more information about these online soon. In the meantime if you would like to know more please contact the church office, or visit us on a Sunday - you would be so welcome, whatever your beliefs or background.

We take safeguarding matters very seriously. You can find more information here.

When events or groups are taking place in the lower hall, the front entrance is often closed, so it's best to come in through the rear door via the car park.

James Croucher
Tom Brassil

Minister for Sherford


Sara Chapman

Meet the Team

James Croucher


James joined St Matthew’s in June 2016, moving here with his wife Becky and their three young boys. Previously he was a teacher in Amman, Jordan and a trainee minister in Romford, Essex. James enjoys swinging a golf club and having a go at a range of other sports.


John Price

Youth Minister

John, his wife and two sons moved to St Matthew’s in September 2015. Since then the family has been blessed by the addition of a daughter. Before moving to Plymouth John was a ministry trainee in Hove, Sussex, and worked as a baker for three years. John loves it when stories are told in a visual manner, from movies and TV shows to video games and comic books. He also enjoys spending time trying to bake something tasty in his kitchen.


Jenny Hart

Admin Team

When she’s not keeping the church running, Jenny enjoys walking, singing and painting.


Andrew Edmonds

Church Warden

Andrew was born in Kingsbridge and, at the age of fifteen, joined the Royal Air Force. After a final post working at Manadon Engineering College, he finally retired in 1994.

Andrew and his wife Angela first came to St Matthew’s in 1990 and have been enjoyed being part of the church family ever since.

Roger Adams

Associate Minister

Roger is the retired vicar of Paignton who keeps a watchful eye on the rest of the team!

Vicky Burton

Children's Worker

Vicky started at St Matthew’s in July 2015, having previously been teaching secondary languages, and before that had spent 8 years in the Royal Navy (RN).  She has two primary aged children and her husband is in currently in the RN. Running fits in well with family life so Vicky can often be seen out pounding the streets or going for it in a class, and will sign up for anything adventurous!


Cynthia Draper

Admin Team

Cindy has been part of St Matthew’s since she was five, with a break when she moved away. Since retiring about 10 years ago, Cindy's been working in the church office, and also loves working with the young people. Cindy and her husband Mike enjoy spending time at their home in Brittany with their children and grandchildren, enjoying the French cuisine.


Margaret Chadwick

Church Warden

Margaret has been retired for some time after working as a secretary. She joined St Matthew’s in 1984. Margaret has one son living with his family in USA, however, she is very close to her granddaughter who lives here in Plymouth. Over the years she has had many hobbies but presently enjoys a range of crafts. 

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Our parish safeguarding representative is Mr Alan Hart. If you have any concerns about the welfare of any young people or vulnerable adults, you can contact Alan via: theharts@btinternet.com, or the diocesan safeguarding team. For more information please click here.

If something has happened or is happening to you, you can also call The Samaritans on 116 123 (from anywhere in the UK).