Meet The Team


Canon Ann Waizeneker - Vicar

Following the reorganisation of churches in Shoreham, Ann became vicar of the newly created benefice of New Shoreham and Shoreham Beach in March 2015.  She is delighted to have been given the privilege of serving the Church of the Good Shepherd and the community on Shoreham Beach, alongside St Mary de Haura.

In June 2017, Ann was licensed as Dean of Women’s Ministry for Chichester Diocese with the objective of  supporting ordained women and encourage those considering their vocations in Sussex.

 Prior to being ordained in 2008, she was an Assistant Governor in the Prison Service for 7 years and then worked in the Charity Sector for 20 years.  She says that both these experiences are very helpful training for being a vicar!  She has one son who lives and works in London.


 Reverend Jane Bartlett - Associate Vicar 

Jane’s previous career was as a journalist and writer, and she also studied for an MA in Christian Spirituality. She joined us from St Mellitus College where she trained in theology, ministry and mission. She is married to John and has three young adult children.



Derek Hansen - Reader

I moved to Shoreham Beach, just opposite the Church of the Good Shepherd, in 1965 and, after a year or two  was invited to cross the road on Sunday and go to Church.      I was licensed as a Reader in 1987, and, a few years later, was appointed Archdeaconry Secretary and, later, Honorary Secretary of the Diocesan Reader's Committee.    I contributed to, and later produced, “Thought for the Day” on BBC Radio Sussex and, later, contributed to and helped present the Sunday morning programme on BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Southern Counties for a number of years. My wife Caroline, two delightful children and five grandchildren try to keep me in order. 



Sally Excell - Reader, Head of Pastoral Care & Healing, Bible Study Leader

I have lived on Shoreham Beach since March 1968, first in Woodards View, then in River Close and now in Beach Road.  You either love the Beach and stay here or can't cope with the wind and move away quite quickly.  I have worshipped at the Church of the Good Shepherd for most of that time, although at times intermittently. 

We experienced renewal in our Church in the early 1980s, and I was licensed as a Reader in 1988. Since that time, I have been involved in preaching, leading Bible Study and other study groups and also very involved in the Healing Ministry and pastoral visiting.  In 2004, after undergoing training, I was licensed by the Bishop of Chichester to conduct funeral services. I love being part of the Christian family at the Church of the Good Shepherd and hope that anyone reading this will be encouraged to come to join us.


Lucy Walmsley – Churchwarden

I moved to Shoreham in 1999, and joined the Church of the Good Shepherd soon after when I started taking my children to Lamb's Tales. We all then ‘graduated’ to Sunday School, where I became a leader and then organiser of 10 O’Clock Rock from 2004. I was elected Churchwarden in April 2017. I also sing in the choir.

This is an amazing church that offers something for everyone, and I feel very blessed to be part of its family.

Emma Purser - Churchwarden

I started attending the Church of the Good Shepherd in 1996 returning from University to live on Shoreham Beach. I have been involved in Youth Ministry since bringing my eldest daughter [now 21] to Sunday school. I like to run fellowship/bible study groups and "give up" time every lent to run a lent course, with great pleasure. I became Church warden in April 2018 and remain a Sunday school leader and member of our lovely church choir.



Barry Ward - Treasurer

Apart from three years spent in the USA, I have lived on Shoreham Beach since the mid 1980s. I am married to Lesley and have two daughters.

I became a Christian in 2006, mainly due to the influence and enthusiasm of the people I share this page with, but also Farther Marcus Ronchetti who had a very unique way of proclaiming the Gospel. I was baptised and then, together with Lesley, confirmed at St Mary’s. I am a Choir member, Sacristan and, for two years, was Church Warden. In 2013, I took over as Treasurer.

My other interests in life are rugby (watching now) cricket, music and history. I also enjoy cooking, eating out and drinking the odd glass of wine.



Canon Tony Thompson

Over many years, I viewed Shoreham-by-Sea from the river, on countless canoeing trips. I finally came to live here, with my wife, Chris, when I retired from full-time ministry in 2003. Here at the Church of the Good Shepherd, I am happy to be able to preach, lead worship, train children in puppetry, and help with our home groups.  I have recently retired as Chairman of SEAN International (for more information, click HERE) which plays a major role in training Church leaders, by extension, in many countries around the world. In my spare time I enjoy scuba-diving, kayaking, allotment gardening, visiting our children and grand-children, and playing the piano accordion and the ukulele.


Members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Sally Excell (Reader)
Lucy Walmsley (Churchwarden) Emma Purser (Churchwearden)  

Barry Ward (Treasurer)
Kay Haffenden (PCC Secretary)


 Jo Edwards, Daisy Durrant, Louise Durrant,  Lynda Hargreaves, Penny Humphrey,

Jenny Marshall,  Jonathan Marshall,  Harriet Purser, Kevin Thorpe,

Adam Tinworth, Lesley Ward