Elis Matthews

Trustee of The Renewal ProgammeI am Elis Matthews, a curate at St Paul's Church in East Ham. This is my first role in ordained ministry in the Church of England, which started after my ordination as the deacon in June 2015. I have lived in different parts of Newham since 2005, with a three-year break to attend vicar school in Cambridge. I am married to Sheila and we have a one-year-old son, Barnabas. I studied English in York, then worked for The Scout Association at their UK Headquarters. I supported the Scout Programme as an adviser and worked as a Writer/Editor in print and digital media. I was also chair of governors at Sheringham Primary School in Manor Park, where I oversaw the rebuilding of the school in 2011-12. I enjoy playing the piano, supporting Crystal Palace FC and the Chicago Cubs and a weekly kickabout. I volunteer as a trustee with Faith in Schools, a local charity seeking to deliver outstanding RE lessons in Newham schools. I am learning lots as a trustee of The Renewal Programme!