Staff, Leadership and Teaching Teams

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Revd Mark Pickett



"Passionate about the importance of character in leadership, it has been a privilege to build an amazing team here at St James. I have been in Church leadership for over 30 years and find my joy in equipping, enabling and releasing people to be the people God has called us to be. I am married to Della and have an increasing number of grandchildren as well as an increasing golf 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 

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Helen Potts

Children and Families Minister

"Once upon a time I used to be a primary school teacher,  but now I am privileged to be the Children’s and Families’ minister here at St. James’. Its my dream job! I love sharing God’s love and wonderful truths with children and families and  I love supporting and encouraging families as they do faith together.

I also love being in God’s amazing creation, whether walking, resting or worshipping.  I love baking and eating cake and most of all I love playing with my granddaughter."



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 and Social Justice Lead

"With my son and daughter-in-law working at CAP head office, and my role as CAP Debt Coach and Money Coach, we are truly a CAP family!  My wife, Ruth, and I moved to Clitheroe in 2011, and love the local area.  We have three sons (one late) and three granddaughters, and are befrienders for Care for the Family Bereaved Parent Support.  Most of my professional career was as a health librarian, and I like the 3Rs: reading, writing and running.  I'm also loving my relatively new role on the Leadership Team coordinating our church's approach to social justice and creation care issues."

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Peter Williams

Pastoral Lead


"Retired primary school headteacher, married to Anne, father of three adults and grandfather to two, I have been involved in the life of St James's church for most of my adult life. It's been great to see the church grow and change as we've followed God's call to ministering in the area over several decades, and I'm excited to see, and be involved with, that as we move into the future. I am still involved in the world of education as a school governor in three schools, I currently support Ruth Haldane as one of her assistant wardens of licensed lay ministers, and have a heart for seeing pastoral work grow as part of building The Kingdom here in Clitheroe."



Ruth Haldane

Discipleship Lead

"I have a passion for enabling people to grow in faith and reach their godly potential, and for living authentic everyday faith on the frontline.  I am a wife, mum and grandma - all of which bring me joy.  Lay ministry is also my passion, and I am Warden of Lay Ministry for Blackburn Diocese as well as working nationally as a Lay Ministry Consultant and being involved with various national lay ministry initiatives. "

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." 


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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.