About Us

Who We Are

St Philip’s is a growing, Church of England church located in Tunbridge Wells. We are an ordinary group of people trying to follow Jesus and trying to be a loving, servant hearted presence in the communities we are a part of. We welcome all and we have excellent cakes and coffee at our services. Why not come along and join us on a Sunday or at one of the groups that runs during the week. You’d be very welcome.

Our Values


Seeker Friendly

Whether you’ve been a Christian for years or you’re just exploring faith we want to do all we can to make your time with us as straightforward as possible for you

Christ Centred

It’s all about Jesus! He is at the centre of everything we are are and everything we do.


We want our life as a church to flow from the place of prayer and intimacy with God.


We aim to be welcoming, hospitable and generous in all that we do.


Nobody’s perfect, but we hope that there is a strong connection between what we say and what we do.


God is love. We hope love shapes everything we are and all that we do.

Individuals Valued

We believe that everyone is created in the image of God and is unique and precious. Each of us has God given gifts and talents which are given to us for us to enjoy and to use in the service of God and others.


We recognize that life isn’t always easy but we hope that you will find us a life giving community to be a part of.

Servant Hearted

Jesus came to serve rather than to be served. We aim to follow his example.

Who’s Who

Rich Thomas


Rich is married to Julie and has three children and a Labrador. Rich grew up in Tunbridge Wells but has since lived in Cambridge and London before moving back to the town in 2016. Rich loves family, friends, food, football (Derby County) and seeing people following Jesus.

Emma Heaseman


Emma lives in the Parish with her four children, and a dog and cat. Emma lived in Rye as a child/teenager and has also lived and worked in Bexhill, Hastings, St Leonard’s and Eastbourne before settling for the last 13 years in Tunbridge Wells. Emma is hugely sociable and a real foodie which is why she’s stayed in this town the longest as it has so much to offer.

Andy Collins

Church Warden

Andy is married to Wendy and they have two sons and three grandchildren.  He spent all of his working life in the field of I.T.  Andy loves seeing people find freedom in Jesus and wants to see more of God’s kingdom come in our community.  In his spare time Andy enjoys working on his allotment and various motorcycle projects.

Martyn Root

Church Warden
Martyn is married to Catherine and has three children and a cat. Tunbridge Wells born and bred, he works in oil and gas engineering near Heathrow. Martyn is one of the music group worship leaders, playing acoustic guitar or bass. He is an occasional cyclist, very much dependent on the weather!

Ray Hawkins

Reader PTO licensed to take funerals

Ray is married to Sandra and has two married daughters and four grandchildren. Ray grew up in Yorkshire but has since lived in Birmingham, Cambridge, Swindon and, from 1977, Tunbridge Wells. Ray loves family, walking, photography, DIY, tenpin bowling and cricket, Yorkshire of course!

Emma Halls

Student Youth Pastor
Emma grew up in Swindon and came to Tunbridge Wells in 2019. She is studying a degree in Theology and Youth Ministry for 3 years at St Mellitus College. As well as being on placement at St Philip’s, Emma is also on placement with Youth for Christ. Emma enjoys playing card and board games, hiking, indoor climbing and photography. 

Lisa Glasscote

Children’s Pastor

Lisa is married to Peter and has 5 children. She has pet rabbits and loves Dolly Parton.

Get In Touch

We would love to hear from you.

Church Office
01892 531031

Rev. Richard Thomas

Birken Road
Tunbridge Wells