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Our Team


Mike Tufnell

Lantern Vicar & Team Rector

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!



Karen Franklin


Karen joined the team in July 2020. 

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. 



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 



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



Sarah Tyndall

Executive Officer

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



Jamie Pritchard

Worship & creative Pastor

Jamie joined the Lantern team in 2019. Along with his wife Beth he 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 also records and releases his own music. 




John Miller

Operations & Project Manager

John joined the team in November 2020 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.



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!" 




Emma sherred

Operations assistant

Emma joined the Lantern staff team in 2022, she has a history of working in ministry with children and adults and is passionate about playing her part in what God is doing here at the Lantern. She is married to Chris and they have two children that are a part of the Young Adults community at the Lantern.  




Skittles shanks

detached youth-worker

Skittles joined the Lantern team in 2022 and works as a detached youth-worker working with young people in the surrounding schools as well as lots of skate-based youth ministry. In his spare time Skittles loves to skate and to cook!




Andy Edwards

Church Warden

Andy is married to Kiri and together they have two children and a cockapoo, (meaning he is the fifth most important person in their home).  He loves being outdoors - at the beach, watching or taking part in any sport or just barbequing in the garden.  He is happy to work alongside Jared with the youth at the church and encouraging young people to develop a lifelong relationship with Jesus.




Bex Huntingford

Church Warden

Bex is married to Damian and has 3 children and a dog, Bex is passionate about the Church and it being a place of creativity and freedom, and helping people to grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus.



Barbara jaggs

Sub Committee member

Barbara and her husband, Bill, have been at the Lantern for over 30 years. In the past she was involved in children's work both with toddlers and Tots church.  2020 brought new challenges for everyone, having to develop new ways of working. Barbara made the decision to cut back on her involvement with hands on children’s work and has become one of the safeguarding leads for the parish. 

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ian shears

Sub Committee member

Ian is married to Lyn, have they been members of the Lantern Church since 1986 and have two sons, Jamie and Paul. Ian has recently changed his job and now works full-time for the UK Government as a newly qualified retiree! He has always enjoyed singing, is passionate about worship and has been involved in the worship team at the Lantern since 2004, and is honoured to be working with the sub committee team as we seek God’s direction for the future of our church. 


peter owen

Sub Committee member

Peter is married to Jenny and they have three grown up children. They lead a Life Group and Peter has a passion for seeing men come to know Jesus and oversees our men’s events.  Despite being known for finding DIY a challenge, Peter has been on several mission trips to Romania supporting more skilled volunteers building homes for impoverished Roma communities.  He is Treasurer of Mission to Romania, a joint charity across the three churches in our parish.


Katie Turner

Sub Committee member

Katie is a part-time teacher, mum of teenage twins and wife of Kevin.  She loves wild places, wild weather and frequently has wild hair (according to her kids)!  Baking is a hobby of hers and she runs the small Five Loaves Community Bakery which seeks to encourage anyone who’s feeling a bit lonely, low or lost by teaching them how to make bread.  She treasures the way The Lantern seeks to follow Jesus by caring for and loving others. 


Ali hobson

Sub Committee member

Ali Hobson is a local to Wimborne and became a Christian at The Lantern some 36 years ago. She loves the beach, fast cars, music, Guinness and gardening. She left her Community Nursing job to complete a degree in Theology and now works as a writer. She lives with her lovely husband who she also met at The Lantern some 36 years ago! She is passionate about Jesus and loves to see Him heal people to make them whole and happy. 


Al tyndall

Sub Committee member

Al is husband to Sarah and teaches Chemistry at Canford School just round the corner. He is proudly and evangelistically in-tune with his inner geek and has a penchant for all things technical; he supports the church office in this area as well as serving on the tech and worship teams. Al also currently serves on the PCC, and is the Data Protection representative for the 3 churches of the parish. During lockdown he reacquainted himself with cycling, but has yet to have had enough of a midlife crisis to have specifically bought any Lycra.


Tom Fry

Sub Committee member

Tom joined the Church in the summer of 2019. He is Dorset born and bred and has recently started working for a local engineering company after finishing his degree at Bristol UWE. He also loves endurance sports and so spends most of his time splashing around in a pool, spinning along on his bike or trundling along some countryside trails. Tom is also a keen member of our young adults community and leads worship as part of our worship team; so don't be surprised if he pops up on your TV on a Sunday morning! 

Sub Committee member and associate minister

Pat is a Mancunian who has been in exile on the South coast for quite a few years! He’s married to Annie with 2 amazing daughters, Beth and Rebecca. Pat has been ordained since 2003 and is currently working in school leadership whilst serving as a self-supporting associate minister at the Lantern. He loves SCUBA diving, kayaking, hiking and spending time with his family. He is passionate about helping people encounter the transformational love and grace of Jesus and is praying for revival across our nations.  

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Andy Farmer

Sub Committee member & Treasurer

Andy is married to Louise and they have grown up children. Andy is a part of the worship team here at the Lantern and also serves as treasurer. Andy loves to see people growing in their relationship with Jesus, and you'll often see him up front leading a service as well.

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