Meet the Ministry Team

Rev Jo Thomas

Associate Priest 
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Jo grew up on a smallholding in Somerset, with pigs, chickens and strawberries and has a deep love of nature – especially the Cornish coast – which has inspired her focus on Celtic Prayer. As an author and journalist, she has spent several decades writing about the Duchy. After bringing up her three children (two of whom are adopted) with her husband,  she trained as a secondary English teacher and Further Education Lecturer. More than anything, Jo likes to swim in the sea, all weathers, and cycle along the Cornish lanes. In her spare time, she cuddles any dog she comes across (volunteering for the Cinnamon Trust), feeds the birds, reads crime novels, watches ballet and as a treat listens to her vintage jazz collection on vinyl.

Jo’s special area of responsibility for our churches is Funerals and Pastoral Care.

Rev Peter Butterfield

Associate Priest

Peter is a non-stipendiary, or ‘self-supporting’ minister; which means that he earns a living outside of the church. Before becoming ordained in 2013, he served as a Reader in the parishes. Peter has a physics background and has taught in secondary schools and researched into electromagnetic pulse power at university. Peter and his family moved to Gulval in 2001 for health reasons. Now recovered, he has run his own electrical business until recently when he took up a post at Cornwall College to prepare apprentices for the electrical trades and industry. In his spare time, he is a Sea Cadet Chaplain as well as indulging in photography and musical interests, listening to anything from Thomas Tallis to King Crimson, though playing instruments is now limited.

Peter’s special area of responsibility for our churches is Weddings.


Rev Howard Peskett

Retired Minister

On 02/02/2020 our bishop talked about Barnabas as an Encourager; and spoke about being a Man of Hope. I hope that in our churches and communities I can also be an Encourager and an MOH! Thank you for welcoming me to share in your life together.



Kay Short


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Kay joined us in 2020 from Wakefield, Yorkshire. She was already licensed as a Reader and now has transferred that license to this diocese. She has a wealth of experience in serving churches in mission, evangelism, social action, working with young families, leading courses and much more besides. We are so grateful to her for lowering the average age of the staff.

 Kay’s special area of responsibility for our churches is Baptisms and Children’s, Youth and Family work.


Rev Ian Lowell

Retired Priest

Ian has joined us from his last post in Northampton. His accent betrays his Swansea origins. He spent much of his working life in hospital chaplaincy. His hobbies are many; he has a keen interest in Egyptology, the Hittites, as well as CS Lewis and Tolkien. He is married to Lynn, who works in a local care home.

Caroline Somers


Caroline is responsible for looking after Madron Parish Church. She is often to be found doing various jobs on a Friday morning.

Jan de Vries


Jan looks after Gulval Parish Church. He can often be found doing odd jobs. A Saturday morning is often a good time to catch him.