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.


Lisa Cornell


Our Evangelist, Lisa, is a local girl. Her childhood in West Wickham didn’t include going to church. Much to her family’s surprise, she came to faith in adulthood and was baptised and confirmed in 2007. Having tried lots of churches she describes arriving at St Mary Kippington as a homecoming.


She was licensed as an Evangelist in 2011 after three year’s training. As an Evangelist, Lisa preaches, teaches, leads services and Bible studies. An Evangelist is called to share the love of God in a variety of ways both spiritual and practical. Passionate about mission, Lisa is keen to build bridges in the community and encourage others to share God’s love through practical action.


A graduate of the University of Hull, Lisa works for the Girls Day School Trust at Sydenham High School as a teacher of Geography.  Lisa is happiest outdoors, preferably with her lively Labrador at her side (or running ahead with a stick!). Lisa lives with her twin daughters, two cats and a Labrador retriever in Tonbridge.


As of September 2015, Lisa is training for ordination.


Avril Hunter


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