Staff, Leadership and Teaching Teams

Revd Mark Pickett



"Born on the South Coast, Youth work in the Midlands, Ordination training in the West and vicar’s jobs in the East, I find myself now in the North and I have got the best job in the world,  leading this great bunch of people. I have five children and four grandchildren, and every Thursday you will find me on a course - a golf one that is - as I try to improve my handicap."

You can get in touch with Mark via email below or you can find him at the Rectory:

St James' Rectory

Woone Lane



or on 01200 429327 or 07872 550230 

Ian Sarginson



After several years as a Youth Worker, Ian has undergone his training in Durham and has come to join us in Clitheroe for the next 3 years. He's married to Kate, a primary school deputy head, and can usually be found on Twitter.

Helen Potts

Children and Families Worker 


"I used to love being a teacher, but now I love the privilege of being the church children’s worker. I love being loved by God and helping children to know a Heavenly Father who loves them immeasurably. I love being married to my best friend Keith and sharing time with our two married children.  I love walking (especially if there is a cup of tea and a piece of cake at the end of it!), being by the sea and climbing mountains. And I support Liverpool!"



Lucy Skelton

Youth Minister


"I've been working with young people since I was one myself (for about 20 years!) starting off as a young leader, then I took a gap year with a Christian Schoolswork Trust, I went on to study a BA in Youth and Community Work and Applied Theology where I worked for an Anglican church as their youth worker. Then for 11 and half years I led a team serving both primary and secondary schools on the south coast of England. I now find myself here at St James' serving the wonderful young people of Clitheroe. I love music (I'm a drummer), performing arts, running and Cake (a good combination and best when served together). I am keen to see young people explore what Jesus has to offer them and journey with them as they find faith in Jesus themselves."



Naomi Lynas

Operations Manager

"I was brought up in Somerset, but have spent most of my adult years up North - first in Manchester, then moving to Clitheroe in 2014. I'm married to Tim, and we have two young sons. They keep us busy, but I can usually find time for a cup of tea and a good book. After 14 years as a teacher, I started working for St James in 2018. I am passionate about discipleship, the Bible and serving the community of St James." 

Graham Haldane

CAP Centre Manager

Graham is married to Ruth, and is our CAP Centre manager. He is also on the Leadership Team. Ruth and Graham have three sons and three grandchildren, and are also befrienders for Care for the Family Bereaved Parent Support. Graham has previously worked as a health librarian, and likes the 3Rs: reading, running and road cycling.

Mary Howarth

Church Warden


"My journey with St James' Church began in 1949, when I attended our primary school, aged five, which had a big impact on my life through teaching of the Bible, Sunday School and eventually church. Confirmed and also married at St James, I later became a Churchwarden in 1990.  My passion is to serve the Lord through involvement with our Pastoral Care and Prayer ministries and since the beginning of 2015 it is my privilege to head up a team for our senior generation for the purpose of sharing fellowship and community outreach, which I thoroughly enjoy." 


Keith Potts

Church Warden


"Accrington born and bred. Married to the wonderful Helen, blessed with two amazing children Joshua & Charlotte. I work as the Estimating Manager for a building contractor. I enjoy walking in the Lake District and the coastal paths of Cornwall. I am fanatical about many sports, watching and occasionally playing and I support the mighty Liverpool FC. Constantly overwhelmed by God's extravagant grace, so thankful for His faithfulness and the gospel of Jesus. It is a privilege to worship, praise and pray with the people of St James'." 

Mark Clayton

Safeguarding Lead


Mark has a background in Social Work and is also the Chair of Governors at St James School. He is the first point of contact for any safeguarding concern. 

You can get in touch with Mark by email below or on 07749 232454.

Leadership Team

Mark Pickett heads up the Leadership Team. Naomi Lynas, Graham Haldane, Ian Sarginson and Mary Howarth also serve on this team.

Della Pickett

Della has a prayer and prophetic ministry and wants to encourage both these aspects of our church life to develop and grow.

Sam Johnson

Sam works for Blackburn Diocese Board of Education and is a Reader. He is married to Judi and has two sons. He is passionate about how we disciple and teach in order to both serve and witness to our communities.

Ruth Haldane

Ruth has a passion for reaching out to the community and seeing lives changed by the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Ruth is currently working on a national project for the Central Readers Council to develop lay ministry for the 21st century.


Preaching Team

Mark Pickett, Ian Sarginson, Sam Johnson and Ruth Haldane are also part of this team.

Norman Ivison

Associate Minister


Jilly MacDonald



Peter Williams



Duncan Tyson



Rev'd Matt Allen

Diocesan Officer


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