Revd Benjamin James Aldous
[BA (Hons), MAAMS, MA]
Minister in Charge/Associate Rector
Ben grew up in the UK and is married to Sharon who is South African and originally from Durban. They have three children Talia, Amelie and Reuben. Previously Ben was the Assistant Minister at St Martin's in Durban North. Between 2004-2009 he and Sharon lived in Cambodia helping to train local leaders in small churches in Prey Veng Province. Ben is passionate about helping the church locally and nationally rediscover the mission of God. He his interested in the relationship between the Spirit, Jazz and Mission. He is part of the GtC board www.growingthechurch.org.za and blogs at jazzgoat10.wordpress.com He loves Jazz, trying new local wines, driving his scooter and hanging out with his wife and kids. In 2015 he led the Cape Town MSM course based at The Warehouse. www.missionshapedministry.org/capetown15
He is currently working on a PhD research proposal around whether Fresh Expressions are an appropriate tool to grow the church in a post colonial and post apartheid context.
Cindy - Lee Maart
Children's and Families Pastor
Cindy started life at St John's as an intern working alongside Keegan Davids in 2013. In 2014 Cindy was our Pastoral Assistant. Cindy continues to develop ministry to children and families. She loves children and especially enjoys Godly play. She has a heart that beats passionately for people. She is emotional, social and crazy about being the hands and feet of Jesus. Cindy is married to Spurgeon Maart who is also part of the children's church ministry.
Children's curriculum writer and mentor
Sharon is passionate about the church, children and mission. She has ministered to children in South Africa, the UK and Cambodia and loves to see God's word and spirit working deeply in children's lives. She is currently exploring the Godly play (www.godlyplay.org.uk) approach to children's ministry which encourages children to wonder and ponder on what is happening beneath the surface in biblical stories. Sharon grew up in the Anglican Church in Durban. She values creativity, thinking-outside-the-box and dreams about Asian food. Sharon is Mum to three children (9, 7 and 3) and is enjoying the adventure. She is married to Ben. She helps to introduce churches to Godly play most recently at the Anglican Ablaze events.
PA to Minister in Charge Office Coordinator
Sharon coordinates the day-to-day activities of St John’s including making bookings for weddings, funerals and other events. She has been part of St John’s for many years and is our go-to person for most things. Sharon loves people, tweeting and rocking out to Stevie Wonder in the office.
Dean started his journey with St John’s back in 2011 where he became one of the youth interns that served at the parish for that year. By serving as an intern he got to express his calling and passion for both development and leadership. He has just completed his Bth majoring in Christian ministry where he focused on biblical studies and servant leadership. He has a deep desire to see people, and young people in particular, reach the potential God has placed inside each of them. His heart for ministry and leadership has inspired him to serve as a youth worker for the past 3 years where he dedicated his time to the idea that the next generation has a lot to offer the local church in God’s mission. Dean enjoys football and is a fervent Manchester United supporter. He is also a lover of great food and good company.