Who's Who

A little bit about some of our members


Reverend Simon Atkinson

Simon has been our pastor since September 2006 having moved from Long Whatton in Leicestershire with his family. Before coming into ministry he worked as a Practice Manager for a local Doctors surgery for 5 years and as a Branch Manager for 13 years with W H Smiths.

As well as leading the church he is the Chaplain to Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club and as a Chaplain he is a member of Sports Chaplaincy UK.


Rod Elston

Rod Elston - Elder

Rod became an Elder in 2018.


Tricia Hill

Tricia Hill - Church Administrator - Trustee

Tricia became a Christian in her teens and was confirmed at her local church - Christ Church in Coventry by the Bishop of Coventry.  At this church she was involved in the Campaigners which is a uniformed inter- denominational Christian youth organisation, where all leaders are Christians.

Following a career in the WRNS - initially as a driver, she progressed through the ranks to finish her career in administration, undertaking a wide variety of senior management roles.

Tricia started attending Brixington Community Church in 2008 and began assisting on the administration team in 2012.  She was accepted into church membership in 2013 and became Church Administrator in 2014.


Geraint Hughes

Geraint Hughes - Church Treasurer - Trustee

Following a long career as a Librarian and Senior Manager in Devon's Public Libraries and School Library Service, Geraint is now bringing his experience to being our Church Treasurer.  He works with a small team and is responsible for ensuring that the church's finances are stewarded well on behalf of the fellowship including accounts, banking, investments and assistance with fundraising.

He and his wife Katie have been members at Brixington since they arrived with their young family in 1991, and both are in the church worship group, where he keeps time on the drums as well as keeping the finances in order.


Eileen Banfield

Eileen Banfield - Building Development Trustee

Eileen was brought up in Leicestershire and became a Christian there after attending the local church from the age of 3.  When she left school she worked in a bank, she then met Clive her husband and together with their two children moved to Derbyshire and were the proprietors of both a greengrocer and florist shop.  She then began teaching BTEC ND in Floristry at Derby College, before working with City and Guilds as an external verifier.  She served as a Deacon at their local church.

They moved to Devon in 1999 and she served as Church Secretary for 10 years.  After Clive's death in 2015 she became a deacon with the responsibility of overseeing the building development.

Her main interest is golf and is a member of the local club, she is also a grandmother and great-grandmother.


Jill Clark

Jill Clark - Safeguarding and Pastoral Trustee

Jill is a retired teacher of Physical Education.  During her 40 year career she worked with both able and disabled young people, helping them to lead challenging and accomplished lives to the best of their abilities.  Safeguarding training formed part of her professional life.

She has two sons and two grandchildren and has been a member of Brixington Community Church since 1995.  Jill has been involved with pastoral care throughout her membership, both leading and working within teams.

Her interests are various; Christian dance fellowship of GB, reader for the Exmouth TN for blind listeners, gardening, hill walking, Pilates and snow skiing.


Alwyn Galashan

Alwyn Galashan - Employment and Policies Trustee

Alwyn moved to Exmouth in 2012, having studied and worked in Birmingham for many years where she had a career in personnel management, working in a variety of roles.  Living by the coast is a welcome change from city life.

She has always been involved in a local church, and became a Christian in her teens.

Alwyn is the Deacon responsible for employment and policies and helps to lead a Growth Group.


Bradley Goodwin

Bradley Goodwin - Youth & Children's Worker

Bradley has been the Youth and Children's Worker since 2018.


Kay Atkinson

Kay Atkinson - Family Support Worker

Kay works for Brix Family Support which is part of Brixington Community Church.  She has over twenty years of experience of working in family support in East Devon and Exeter.  Kay has lived in Exmouth all her life so has a good working local knowledge and knows a lot of people in this area.  She has managed and run the Holy Trinity 0-5 Group for over 23 years.  Being a mother herself she has experience of her own children as well as being a qualified under seven Practitioner, Nanny and she holds qualifications in Childhood Studies.

Kay has set up and run the Brix Family Support which provides floating support in client's homes.  She has also set up and established a Parent Pop In group on a Thursday with a brilliant team.  Additionally she is involved in running a Parentalk course (Care for the Family), Messy Church, Family Fun days/picnic along with other regular events.