Our Team

Mike Tufnell

Team Vicar

Mike is married to Michelle and they have three young children...and a dog!

Mike is a Liverpool fan, loves sports, the outdoors and his happy place (other than on a Dorset beach with his family) is on a snowy mountain, with his snowboard strapped to his feet. 

Mike believes that choosing to follow Jesus is the best decision anyone could ever make and when the local church helps grow whole-life followers of Jesus, then communities can be transformed - and we have a lot of fun along the way!

E: miket@thelanternchurch.org

Jared Littlewood

Youth and Assistant Teaching Pastor

He loves classical music and football. He has a passion for young people connecting with Jesus after being converted himself in the Salvation Army through their youth ministry. Get in contact with Jared about the Pulse, youth life groups, schools work and anything youth! 


T: 01202 883309 

E: jaredl@thelanternchurch.org

Sarah Tyndall

Operations and Events

Sarah has been part of The Lantern since 2008, and joined the staff team in 2015. She is married to Al and they have three children . With a background in hospitality management, she coordinates the large-scale events that take place at the Lantern.


T: 01202 835881

E: saraht@thelanternchurch.org

Jamie Pritchard

Worship Pastor

Jamie works on the team alongside his wife Beth. They moved here from Manchester, where he was living and working as a worship leader for four years.

Originally from North London, Jamie loves swimming in the sea, rugby, cooking and enjoying good food as well as listening to country music!

He is passionate about creating space for people to encounter God through worship, and has recently released his own EP of worship songs. 


E: jamiep@thelanternchurch.org

Tony and Roz Hanson

Seniors Outreach

Tony’s passions are sea fishing and photography. After working for 8 years for a charity, setting up and running 20 weekly friendship clubs for older people, they are now coordinating The Lantern Shine Network. Along with an Action Group, they are helping the church reach out to those in "the second half of life!" 


E: raahanson@hotmail.com

Katherine Stickland

Church Warden

Katherine is married to an engineer, David, and they have three children. One day she looks forward to sleeping, finishing a conversation with an adult and never watching CBeebies ever again. Joys include French comedies, stationery shops and she loves seeing how God transforms broken lives through the local church.


T: 01202 986370

E: katherine.stickland@gmail.com

Karen Franklin


Karen is our new Curate who has recently joined the team.  She’s married to Neil and together they have four children, ranging in age from 9 to 24 years.

Karen loves long walks with her dog in the forest, followed by coffee and cake.   

Karen is passionate about helping others step into their full potential and becoming the people God has called them to be. She feels particularly called by God to reach those outside of the church. 

E: karenf@thelanternchurch.org

Ruth Grist

Children and Families Pastor

Ruth moved here from Portsmouth in 2010 with her husband, Perry and their 4 children. Ruth has led children's work for many years, including heading up 'Rock Solid' at New Wine and is passionate to see children and their parents connect with God.  

T: 01202 883309

E: ruthg@thelanternchurch.org

John Miller

Operations & Project Manager

John is our new Operations and Project Manager and is passionate about helping organisations be the best they can be.  John is married to Mandy and they have 3 grown up children as well as a young Cocker Spaniel.  Hobby wise, after walking the dog, John can be found on a local golf course or surfing on Netflix.

E: johnm@thelanternchurch.org

Beth Pritchard

Pastor for Discipleship and Creativity

Beth  joined our team along with her husband Jamie. She grew up living locally until going to university in Southampton. She then lived and worked in Manchester for 4 years. 

Beth loves being by the sea, being creative and being with people! 

She is passionate about seeing people grow deeper in their relationships with God and journeying with them as they allow Him to work and move in more areas of their lives. 

Along with her husband Jamie, Beth also heads up our Young Adults work. 

E: bethp@thelanternchurch.org

Nick Cresswell

Church Warden

Nick is married to Jan and he absolutely loves anything practical, particularly sailing. Nick also has an amazing heart for mission and has been involved with our missions committee for a number of years. 


T: 01202 885 028

E: creztek@btopenworld.com

The Lantern Church, Merley | Registered Charity Number: 1137810

Chichester Walk, Merley, Wimborne, BH21 1SN

The Lantern Church is part of the Canford Magna Team Ministry here in the Diocese of Salisbury alongside:

Canford Magna Parish Church & St Barnabas Bearwood