Our Team.

The Bible describes church as like a human body, with many different parts working together to make the whole body flourish and grow. We all have a ‘ministry’ and a part to play - with our many different gifts and personalities!

As part of this church-wide team, we have a team of leaders who serve us through being entrusted with pastoral oversight of the church. They’re here to help!

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Rev Robin Ham

Lead Minister

I arrived in Barrow six years ago and helped plant Grace Church Barrow in 2017. After the two churches merged, I was appointed to lead St Paul’s in 2020. I’m married to Zoe and our children love being part of the community at St Paul’s. I love opening the Bible with people and helping people see the difference a relationship with Jesus makes. In my spare time, I help coach my son’s football team and dream about sleep.

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Canon Elaine Bates

Associate Minister

I first came to St Paul’s over 30 years ago! I’m married to Martin and we now have three grandchildren. As well as being based at St Paul’s, I am involved in helping train church leaders across Cumbria. I love how St Paul’s is a place where people get to know God and others better - and where we help each other discover, develop and use our God-given gifts.


Jackie Dower

Church Warden

I starting coming along to St Paul’s in 1998 and following an Alpha Course was then confirmed. This was a time of pure joy and I grew closer to God. Since retirement, I feel blessed to play a part in the life of God’s church. Being a church-warden is varied and can be demanding, but it’s a privilege to serve God’s people and see God at work.

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Derek Pearce

Church Warden

I am a family man and have been at St Paul’s for around 32 years. Over that time there have been many changes - clergy bringing their own ways of doing things, church family comings and goings - but for all that, for me it has been not only the house of God but my home.  The ‘work’ I do is a pleasure and I am honoured to be able to do what I can and hope to be in a position to continue for many years to come.

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Rev Sarah Richardson


I’m originally from near Ormskirk, in Lancashire. I first came to Barrow and St Paul’s on a year-long placement at the hospital here as part of my doctor training, and ultimately I decided to stay! I work as a local GP in Furness three days a week, but was ordained as a minister in 2021 and have a remit across the Barrow Mission Community. There are many parallels between the two roles in terms of caring for and nurturing people, but I love seeing God’s Spirit work in people’s lives as they discover God’s love for us in Jesus Christ!


Sheila Pearce


We came to St. Paul’s when our children were little and have always felt at home.  Going back over the years I have been a choir member/leader and worked with the children and young people. I became the Church Administrator in 2006, a job I love especially for the one-to-one contact with people. I am also a Local Lay Minister involved in pastoral care, as people’s welfare is important to me.

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Hannah Wallace

Training Ordinand

I'm at St Paul's for 2 years (2020-2022) whilst I train for ordination. As well as working for the church and studying, I'm also a musician and a mum to 2 young children. As a family we love exploring the outdoors or curling up with a good book! It’s such a privilege to be involved with creatively communicating who God is and His immense love for us all.

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Tracy Graham

Safeguarding Officer

I am married with two grown-up sons and I work as a receptionist locally. I have been at St Paul's since 2017. As Church Safeguarding Officer, it’s my privilege to play a part in ensuring our church community is a safe place for children, young people and vulnerable adults. My other passions include Rugby Union, Football & Formula 1!

We have three Local Lay Ministers: Sheila Pearce, Debbie Gardner & Julia Burns. We also have a PCC (Parochial Church Council) who are an elected body of church members and clergy who meet throughout the year in their capacity as Trustees.

We also work closely together with Barrow Deanery Network Youth Church leader, Andy Ward, and our Barrow Pioneer Enabler, Opa Geibel.