Meet the Team

Rev Heather Cooper


Rev Heather Cooper has been the minister at St Luke’s Methodist Church since September 2019.

Heather began her ministry in Falkirk in 1987 and while there she married Neale Cooper.

Since Falkirk they have been in Warrington, Colchester, Morley (South Leeds) Swindon and Marlborough.
She became a superintendent while in Colchester and has been the superintendent in Morley and is Superintendent of the Wirral Circuit.
Noel Schorah, St Luke's Church Leadership Team & Treasurer

Noel Schorah


In addition to being a member of our Leadership Team and leading one of our mid-week Life Groups, Noel is church treasurer. He aims to keep the finances healthy, so that our church can continue to grow and sustain God’s mission in our community. He works as an IT Project Manager and enjoys outdoor activities.

Cate Warbrick

Church and Community Lay Development Worker
E-mail Cate Warbrick

Cate joined St Luke’s in February 2018 after a long career in NHS management and leadership.

She has lived on the Wirral since 1989 and in Hoylake since 2012 and is Mum to two grown up boys Chris and Matt.

Her role as our Lay Development Worker is to primarily:

  • Work with the ministerial and Leadership Team of St. Luke’s to identify areas within the church’s life that need support and to facilitate this, by recognising people’s gifts and enabling them to use them.
  • To build and develop relationships with groups, families and individuals already utilising church facilities, to seek new initiatives to link church and community and so support church growth.



Averil Wilkes, St Luke's Church Senior Steward

Averil Wilkes

Church Council Secretary

Averil started her walk with Jesus after she met her husband in 1985 and began to attend St Luke’s, where she found a welcoming spirit.  She served in children’s work at St Luke’s for many years and successfully completed the Certificate of Christian Education, despite continuing in full-time work in retail and, latterly, as Company Secretary and Administrator for a small private company until finally retiring in 2013.  Her skills continue to be utilised at St Luke’s in a wide range of activities.

Anne-Marie Smith, St Luke's Church Steward

Anne-Marie Smith

Safeguarding Lead

Anne-Marie has been part of the church family at St. Luke’s since 2000 when she first attended with her (then) future husband Rich. Their two children Ceri and Liam attend the junior church ‘TransformUs’. Anne-Marie has worked within the Financial Services industry for 20 years. The last 12 years of these she has worked as an internal business auditor.

Trish Davies, St Luke's Church Worship Leader

Trish Davies

Senior Church Steward

Trish is married to Mike, and they have two grown-up daughters, Rachael and Laura. Trish is a retired Religious Education teacher and has been a Worship Leader at St. Luke’s for several years.

Sam Hepworth

Senior Church Steward

Sam is Senior Church Steward and also helps regularly at Kidz Klub, our popular Friday evening club for primary age children.

Sam hails from Yorkshire but has lived in Wirral for 23 years. She teaches English and RE at a local independent school and, in spare time, enjoys walking, skiing, the theatre and spending time in her newly acquired garden.  Sam is married to David and their son is currently studying Theology at Cliff College. The family has worshipped at St Luke’s for the last seven years.



Matt Teale, St Luke's Church Youthie

Matt Teale

Youth Leader

Matt moved to the Wirral and joined St. Luke’s in 2001, first attending the Friday night youth club. He soon started worshipping at St. Luke’s on a Sunday morning and attended Youthie on Sunday evenings. After going away for university, Matt came back to St. Luke’s in 2012 and started helping at Youthie and in 2014 took on the lead role heading up all the youth work at St. Luke’s.

Lynda McAndrews

Church Steward
I first opened my heart to Jesus at the age of 14, but it would be another 40 years before I chose to walk daily with the Lord. I have 2 grown up sons and a 1yr old Jack Russell called J.B. and I enjoy reading & writing poetry.
I grew up in New Brighton and lived in Wallasey until 2017, when the Lord led me to Hoylake, and in 2018 He led me to St Luke’s. The highlight of 2018 was my full immersion baptism. Since then I have grown closer & closer to our Lord.
St Luke’s is a big part of my life, and I feel blessed to be part of such a loving family.

Carl Sanderson

Church Steward

Rachael Faith Louise Davies

Church Steward and Kidz Klub

Being brought up in St Luke’s since I was a baby, I’ve never known anything different. It’s like having a second family, other people you can turn to in a crisis. I’ve been through the Sunday School as a child and now I’m there as a leader.
Over many years I have helped at the children’s clubs, from Adventurers, Big Bash Thursday and Friday and now I’m managing the Kidz Klub which is for Primary School children, we meet on Friday evenings during term time!
I work at the local Independent school in Hoylake where I’m a Teaching Assistant; I have been doing this for 12 years and support children on a one to one basis who have Special Educational Needs – it’s such a rewarding job.
I also attend a Christian Celebration week called ECG (Equipping, Calling, Going) which takes place in Scarborough around Easter time. We do bible study, worship, workshops and many more activities you can drop into. It’s lovely to go back and see all the friends that I’ve made there over many years.

David Wilkes, St Luke's Church Learning & Caring

David Wilkes

Learning & Caring Group Leader

David was brought up by parents who had first met in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) where they both worked for many years as Methodist missionaries. He followed in their footsteps with eight years teaching in Sierra Leone, followed by 4 years in a 300-year-old Herefordshire boarding school and then 27 years at Calday Grange Grammar School.
David has the great blessing of being married to Averil. He is very active in campaigns for human rights and social justice with Wirral Amnesty Group and continues to mentor the CGGS Amnesty Group, as he regards these as intrinsic parts of his Christian commitment. He also acts a helper at Kidz Klub and represents St. Luke’s at Wirral Methodist Circuit meetings.

Catriona Schorah

Catriona Schorah

Guides & Parents and Toddlers Group

A lifelong Methodist, Catriona is responsible for helping run the weekly Parents & Toddlers and also 1st Hoylake (St Luke’s) Guides.  Married to Noel, and recently becoming a grandma, Catriona works as a Teaching Assistant at the local primary school.

Clive McLaren

Food & Friends

Clive is the co-facilitator for Food & Friends, our weekly Friday lunch club and ‘Drop In’.

Chrissie McLaren, St Luke's Church Leadership Team

Chrissie McLaren

Food and Friends

Chrissie grew up in the Methodist church on the Wirral before moving away and getting married to Clive. She subsequently had five children that she home educated, and along with her family spent two years on mission in Tanzania, setting up and running a school for orphaned children.
Returning to the Wirral they settled at St. Luke’s in 2006 where Chrissie has been involved in various capacities.

Andy Kemp – Wirral FUSS & FUPS Co-ordinator

Wirral FUSS

Andy is the part-time Co-ordinator of Wirral FUSS, a project supplying good quality School Uniform – FREE – to families on the Wirral. Uniform items are given regardless of family circumstances, as a sign of God’s grace, in the spirit and according to the values of God’s Kingdom. It also aims to care for God’s Creation by preventing large quantities of clothing from becoming landfill. This practical mission work is carried out alongside Sheila Fowler, the founder of the project, and an excellent team of volunteers working at our seven local hubs.


Andy’s family has been a part of the church family at St Luke’s since 1988. During that time Andy has worked for the Methodist Church as a Lay Pastor and Church Community Worker in Liverpool, Warrington and Wirral. He is a Managing Trustee of both the Methodist Fund for Human Need and the Sea of Faith Network UK.




Sandra Mealor, St Luke's Church Saturday Club

Sandra Mealor

Saturday Club

Having lived on Wirral all her life, Sandra moved to Hoylake in 1990. She transferred her church membership in 2003. Sandra is married to John and they have 3 adult boys who benefitted greatly from many organised activities in/around Hoylake when they were younger. Since her retirement from teaching, this has led to a desire for voluntary work, to pay back time given by others to her family. Sandra is now the leader of the Saturday Club, a club for disadvantaged adults which has been at St Luke’s for more than 50 years. Sandra joined several years ago as a helper and progressed to leader in 2012. She is also the main organiser of our Community Lunch project, which commenced in 2011 with the objective of offering a warm and friendly atmosphere for anyone from the local community to come and enjoy a freshly cooked meal and make new friends. Since then it has grown to a very successful monthly event for approximately 50 people, thanks to Sandra and a really good small team of helpers.

Abi Alsop, St Luke's Church Worship Leader

Abi Alsop

Worship Leader

Abi has been a part of the St. Luke’s family since the age of 10, growing up and flourishing within church life. She is one of our Worship Leaders with the responsibility for taking services and assisting guest preachers. Abi aims to provide support that encourages free and personal worship. She has helped introduce more contemporary worship songs by also singing within the church band. Her main passion is enabling people of all ages to engage with their Heavenly Father. She is currently studying speech and language therapy at university.

Kirsty McLaren, St. Luke's Church Leadership Team & Worship Leader

Kirsty Jarvis

Worship Leader

Kirsty has been a part of the St. Luke’s family, growing up and flourishing within church life. She is one of our Worship Leaders with the responsibility for taking services and assisting guest preachers. Kirsty aims to provide support that encourages free and personal worship.

Kirsty is married to Mark and they have one daughter Lillia.

Kathy Fegan, St Luke's Church Musical Director

Kathy Fegan

Music Group Leader

Kathy has worshipped God in the Methodist tradition since childhood, mainly in central mission churches while growing up. She learned to play the piano as a girl, attaining her Grade 8 examination, and much later as an adult went on to learn viola and violin. In 2001, with a few friends she started the St Luke’s worship band to introduce modern songs into worship, and now coordinates a band of various instruments and singers of all ages to help lead weekly worship. In 2012, she took on the challenge of learning to play the church organ and most services now contain a mix of both traditional and modern hymns and songs, always focussing on God as the centre of worship. She is always happy to hear from potential band members and is keen to help develop emerging talents.

Dave Hepworth, St Luke's Church Tech Team

Dave Hepworth

Tech Team

Dave has been part of the Tech Team at St. Luke’s for the last few years. He is originally from Yorkshire and has taught on the Wirral for over 20 years. He is married to Sam and father to William.

Mark Jarvis, St Luke's Church Tech Team

Mark Jarvis

Tech Team

Mark became a Christian at the age of 15, through attending the youth club at St. Luke’s and has a passion to connect with young people in the same way. As such, Mark is one of the leaders of our current youth group (Youthie), acts as Secretary of the Worship Team, and is part of the Tech Team – providing audio and visual support for Sunday morning services and other church events. Away from church, Mark is an engineer at an oil refinery in Ellesmere Port and hopes to complete the final year of his degree in Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering this year.