St Mary Kippington | Parish team
Welcome to St Mary, Kippington, Sevenoaks. We seek to be a bridge between God and our community, sharing the love of Jesus and growing in worship, welcome and witness.
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Who's Who? Meet the Parish Team

Revd Canon David Kitley


David has been vicar at St Mary’s since April 2009. He is married to Cathie, and they have two children. Born in Burundi, he grew up in East Africa, attending schools mainly in Kenya, while his father worked in Rwanda and Burundi. He returned to the UK to study French and German at Durham University, before spending two years in India in a mission to European drug-addicts, hippies and drop-outs.


In 1978 he began training for ordination at Trinity College Bristol. He served as curate at St Stephens, Tonbridge between 1981-84, and as vicar of Emmanuel, Southall between 1984-91. In 1991 he became vicar of Christ Church, Dartford, where he and his family spent 18 years.


David wears another hat, as Bishop’s Advisor for Overseas Links. This involves encouraging parish churches in the Diocese of Rochester to form friendship links with parish churches in the Dioceses with whom we are linked overseas – in Estonia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. David makes occasional visits to these places.


Outside of work, his hobbies are photography, cycling, skiing, jogging and gardening.


Revd Lynette Leithead

Associate Vicar

Lynette has been Associate Vicar at St Mary’s since June 2017 but has had a long association with the church prior to this. She served as a Licensed Lay Reader and after ordination as the curate at St Mary’s before taking up post as Associate Vicar at Sundridge and Ide Hill with Toy’s Hill.


She is married to Richard and has two sons and four grandchildren.


Lynette originally trained as a Physiotherapist and worked at Guy’s hospital in London and later worked as a training co-ordinator for the Leonard Cheshire Home in Chipstead. With her father in the Navy and her husband (now retired) working for Shell, she has experienced a somewhat “nomadic” life which included living twice in Malta and twice in Holland. Whilst in Holland she trained as a counsellor and helped establish a counselling Service for expatriots. That experience was transferred more locally on her return when she worked for the Sevenoaks Christian Counselling Service.


Lynette too wears a different hat as an Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands.

Sally Munro

Sally Munro


Brenda Ross


Sharon Fishwick

Pastoral Assistant

Joan Taylor

Pastoral Assistant

Len Ross


Cathie Kitley

Worship Team Leader

David Green

Principal Sidesperson

Chris Saunders

Church Treasurer

Jean Day

Sunday Club Coordinator

Wendy Pritchard

Child Protection and Disclosure Officer

Sue Shepherd

Church Secretary

Graham Roper

Kippington Centre Manager