Meet Our Team

Caring · Sharing · Daring

Roy Woodhams



Roy has been Rector of St. Nicolas since 2013. Having trained for Ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Roy brings with him much experience from a former career in teaching and the world of music (he is an organist and pianist), as well as from previous incumbencies in rural Oxfordshire and the Parish of Fleet in North-East Hampshire.


Roy is passionate about sharing God’s love through the local church and community and will always make himself available to those who would like to talk. Roy is also Area Dean of Cranleigh, and an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral.


Roy is married to Kate (who teaches in the local St Cuthbert Mayne Roman Catholic Primary School), and they have two daughters: Beth (who is a scientist completing research in the Faculty of Atmospheric Sciences at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany) and Martha (who leads the operations at an auction house which specialises in fine musical instruments in Berlin). Roy’s hobbies (in addition to his musical pursuits) include walking, travel, steam railways and cooking.


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Erik Heemskerk



Erik is our Curate and assists in this full-time role Roy and the ministry team in the day-to-day ministry in the parish.


Erik is originally from The Netherlands but moved to the UK four years ago when he started training for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. He is married to Rosemarie and together they have twin girls Nora and Sophie who are now almost three years old.


He loves spending time with his children, football, pubs, discussing theology (his specialisation is early Christian theology and history, but he'd enjoy talking about all areas of theology), history, and literature. He also likes to get around Cranleigh on his bike – please contact him with the details below if you’d like a chat about anything!



Rutton Viccajee

Associate Minister


Rutton is our associate minister, and a part-time SSM (self-supporting minister). He assists Roy and the ministry team with services and parish ministry. Rutton serves both Dunsfold and Hascombe parishes. Rutton trained at Guildford on the local ministry programme, was deaconed in 2018 and priested in 2019.


Before training for ordination, Rutton ran his own Chartered Accountancy practice for many years. He now works part-time as Head of Finance for an IT company. He previously served at St Saviours Church Guildford and St Paul’s Church Tongham. He also has experience of other denominations. Rutton has a passion for mission and for pastoral care. He also hopes to start police chaplaincy soon. If you are interested in any of these areas, he would love to hear from you – just give him a call!


He is married to Kate, has a grown-up family, and lives in Ash Green, near Aldershot. His other interests include photography, playing his flute, and expanding his hand puppet repertoire!


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Joao Moreno - Art Director

Tricia Hislop

Honorary Priest


As a serving priest, Tricia meets people in different situations, as she leads services of Baptism, Weddings and Funerals or at weekly services when needed, or being in the congregation at any service. Each service is a unique occasion of meeting with God as a community of people and Tricia considers it an honour to serve as a priest.


Tricia believes there are two aspects govern being a Christian: Being aware of God, as expressed in Psalm 139: 1-18, and the practical purpose given by Jesus’ words at the end of Matthew’s Gospel – “Make disciples of all nations”.

Peter Hancock

Honorary Assistant Bishop


Peter served as the Bishop of Bath and Wells from 2014 to 2021, having previously been the Bishop of Basingstoke, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Winchester, from 2010 to 2014.


Peter was born in Kent and grew up on the Isle of Wight, then in Fareham, Hampshire. He took a first degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before training for ordained ministry at Oak Hill Theological College.


Peter and his wife have four adult children. He is enjoying retired life in Surrey and looking forward to what lies ahead. 

Michael Clarke

Director of Music


Michael has been Director of Music at St Nicolas Church Cranleigh since 1992, where he plays the organ for most services, directs the choir and leads our music group. He has been performing, directing, arranging and composing music for over 35 years, with performing experience as a singer and oboist, violinist and keyboard player.


Michael is a practical musician with both a keen interest and qualifications in music theory, and a passion to help others deepen their musical knowledge - sparked by coaching his own children through their music examinations.

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Nicola Craven-Smith

Office Administrator


Nicola is our Parish Administrator and enjoys assisting the clergy, congregation and the wider community in the day to day running of St Nicolas. Outside of work Nicola is Mum to her 7-year-old twins who do their best to keep her busy!

Brian Boxall

Safeguarding Officer


Brian is the Parish Safeguarding Officer. He works with the PCC to ensure that the Parish applies the Diocesan Safeguarding policy and procedure. Brian ensures that members of the church involved with children and vulnerable adults are recruited correctly and trained to the appropriate level.


He believes that the church should be a place in which the most vulnerable individuals, adults or children, are safe and feel supported. Brian continues to work in the role to help St Nicolas remain a safe place. If you have concerns, please contact Brian directly.


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Graham Lucas

Tower Captain


Graham took over the role of tower captain in 2023. We have a team of committed bell ringers and are always on the look-out for new members. 

If you are over 12 years old you can join us! You do not need to be musical, mathematical or strong, and we welcome people of all faiths or none.

Susan Clarke

Church Warden


Susan has lived in Cranleigh for over 30 years and has been a member of St Nicolas Church throughout that time.


Susan works closely with her fellow churchwarden, the Rector and curate to ensure the smooth running of Sunday services, in particular arranging for welcoming people into the church, also addressing any concerns they may have. She ensures our activities and premises are covered by risk assessments and that our First Aid certifications are up to date.


The church has many volunteers and committees who keep the church functioning and Susan strives to support them wherever possible with encouragement, practical help and in feeding back any ideas or problems to the Rector or Church Council.

Alan Walton

Church Warden


Alan took over the role of Church Warden, alongside Susan, in 2023 
The responsibilities of a churchwarden are many and varied, including care and maintenance of the church buildings and churchyard, representing the laity of the parish and supporting the incumbent and clergy in their duties.  
As a church leader the role of churchwarden together with the clergy and PCC, includes supporting everyone in their personal faith journeys through prayer and discipleship. To enhance an inclusive community of worship within the parish and beyond.

Rogan Dixon



Rogan is responsible for the day to day operation of the Church finances along with a team of five. Rogan also sits on the Church's Finance committee who take a strategic view and are responsible for setting annual budgets and overseeing all aspects of the Church’s finances and their governance.


Rogan, and his wife Lesley, moved to Cranleigh in 2019 from Guildford where they had worshipped at Holy Trinity and St Mary’s church for over 25 years during which time they fulfilled many roles and where Rogan was Treasurer for over 20 years.



Paul Jenkins

PCC Secretary


The Secretary is appointed by the Church Council at the first meeting after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and at the same time as other council officers for a term of one year. The Secretary is responsible for setting the Agenda for Church Council meetings, taking the minutes, accurately reporting the decisions of the council, and publishing the same in a timely manner.


Once a year the Secretary makes sure all the legal formalities for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting are met, elections are carried out and all that information is relayed to the charity commission, Guildford Diocese. The Secretary is one of the main points of contact between the Diocese and the Church council and works with the Rector to ensure the smooth passage of council business.

The Role of the PCC

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) meetings are to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church and the Village of Cranleigh. The council is made up of members of the clergy, elected officers and members of the congregation who are elected as their representatives. Elected PCC members usually serve a 3 year term.


Members of the PCC are also the Trustees of the Church and are legally responsible to the Charity Commission for the activities and financial security of the Church.


You can find the Minutes of the Council using the link below, as well as minutes of the Annual Meeting at which elections are made and finances reported. Please note the minutes are published as quickly as possible and may not have been approved yet.

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