The Team

Revd Dr Andy Angel - Vicar

Andy is the vicar here at St Andrew's. He loves teaching the Bible, helping people find a real faith and helping people grow in ministry. Andy trained for Christian ministry after teaching in secondary schools for ten years. He spent four years in parish ministry in Dartford before training others for Christian ministry in the South East (at SEITE) and more recently at St John's college, Nottingham where he was the Vice Principal and taught New Testament. He has written books on angels, praying through times of suffering and the second coming. He is married to Fabiola and they have two sons, Sebastian and Jason. He likes cooking, gardening and Aston Martins (although he does not own one). He enjoys running to keep fit.

Isaac Pain - Curate

Isaac is the curate at St. Andrews. He loves getting to know Jesus better through his Word the bible, and helping others to know Jesus better through his Word too. Before being ordained in the Church of England Isaac taught Philosophy and Religious Studies to Sixth Form students. He is married to Rebekah, and they have three children: Josiah, Lois and Jonathan. In his spare time he enjoys exploring connections between the good news of Jesus and dystopian novels and computer games. He can also often be found bemoaning how Arsenal are currently underperforming.

Jimmy Darn - Director of Music and Worship Pastor

Jimmy is the worship pastor and music director. Loosely this means that he organises the music for services, mentors musicians, plays a lot of instruments and sings. More importantly though Jimmy loves to see people engage with God, whether that be through music, prayer, singing, teaching or meditating on scripture. 

When he’s not working for the Church he is a working musician and music tutor. He even runs his own jazz-funk function band. He’s been doing all of that for about 15 years, during which he studied Theology, Music and Worship at London School of Theology. Jimmy is married to Claire and they have three gorgeous young daughters Flo, Hope and Rosie.

Vacant - Schools Missioner

Our Schools Missioner is responsible for serving the youth here at St Andrew's, building relationships with the community and leading the collaborative schools ministry team in Burgess Hill.

Rob Lowes - Licensed Reader

Rob's working background is in engineering, manufacture, fabrication, structural steelwork and architectural metalwork.

He ran his own succcessful company in this field for 46 years with his first wife Maggie, who died suddenly in 2013. They have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. After being licensed as a Reader in 2002, he trained as a Spiritual Director at Worth Abbey and became one of the part-time Chaplains at St Peter and St James Hospice for 8 years. He is also licensed to take funerals.

Rob married Jean in 2015 and they now share St Andrew's Loss and Bereavement Ministry and are members of the Pastoral Team. Their great love is accompanying others on their spiritual journey through life.

He enjoys gardening, travel, creative arts, walking, worship (including a good funeral) and finding out more about our faith and sharing this with others.

Sue Sindall - Licensed reader

Diane Kutar - Site Co-ordinator

Diane is the Site Co-ordinator and is responsible for the management and efficient utilisation of the St Andrew’s site. This includes managing bookings for the Rider Hall and the Youth Centre, liaising with Church Groups, external hirers, and contractors.

If you would like more information about hall bookings please call 01444 253762 or email

Diane took on the role of Site Co-ordinator in January 2013 but has worshipped at St Andrew’s since moving to Burgess Hill in 2005. She is enjoying the challenge of the role. She is married to Phil and has an energetic primary age son, Christian, who takes up most of her spare time!

Rev Sophie Jelley

Sheila Smith - Church Warden

Sheila has been part of the St Andrew’s family for nearly 30 years.  She studied at Loughborough University and the London School of Economics and initially worked in the Home Office undertaking Scientific Research for the Police and Fire Services. She then moved on to become a Maths teacher and taught in a variety of schools in Croydon and Sussex.  Sheila took early retirement from her job as Deputy Head at Great Walstead School last year and is delighted to be serving St Andrew’s as a Church Warden.  She loves life outdoors and has a passion to bring people into a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Ian Porter - Church Warden

Ian was born at home in Cants Lane and has never ventured far. He first attended St Andrew’s in 1999 with his wife Linda in preparation for their eldest daughter’s baptism. After learning all the words and actions to the children’s songs he progressed in to the Sunday morning services where he can often be found operating the sound desk. Church for Ian means being part of a wider family, showing and receiving love, serving others and having a sense of purpose and belonging. He enjoys community outreach activities, listening to Christian music and walking Molly the family dog……… a chocolate lab.