Meet The Team


VICAR: Rev Tom Houston

Tom joined St Andrew’s as our new Vicar in 2021, mid way through the pandemic. He moved with his wife, Emma, and two daughters, as well as two rabbits. Tom grew up in Devon but moved to Northamptonshire in 2011 to work at the Frontier Centre, a Christian outdoor activity centre. After that he trained as a Youthworker in Rushden before moving to Bristol to train for ministry, then served his curacy, on the other side of the A14 in Burton Latimer.

CHURCHWARDENS: John Weaver and Christine Smith

John Weaver and Christine Smith are our fantastic Churchwardens.

At our 2021 APCM, John was re-elected and Christine was elected as leaders of our Church by our members.

One of the focuses of the role of Churchwarden is on the maintenance and upkeep of the building. John and Christine are very grateful for all of the help that they receive in this from so many people from cleaners through the gardening team to those who offer practical skills and experience in particular areas. John is also very involved with some of the Financial and Administrative areas of our Church’s life, and Christine is taking a lead in our Church redevelopment project.

Don Merrifield – Reader

Don moved to Kettering with his wife, Sue, in 2020 from Rushden and despite not having seen a ‘normal’ church service, felt called to make St Andrew’s there spiritual home. Don was licensed by the Bishop to St Andrew’s on the 16th April 2021.

Margaret Bell – Reader

I moved to Kettering with husband, Peter, in September 2020 from a market town in Hampshire to support one of our family.  The warm welcome we received at St Andrew’s and having previously seen Tom on an online service convinced us that St Andrew’s was where we should be worshiping.  Margaret transferred her Reader License to St Andrew’s on 16th January 2022 with Bishop Don on Zoom.