Our Team

Stephen Fowler

Stephen is an ordained Elim Minister and has some wider responsibilities in the Elim Church regionally. His passion is supporting people in change and promoting hope by connecting lives, families, organisations and support groups. Faith is his driver.

Jim Wilkinson Leadership Team

Jim is an ordained Elim Minister & has obtained several professional qualifications. He’s on the national leadership team for Limitless Elim and fulfils several responsibilities across Connect Centre. He enjoys crossfit and boxing and is enthusiastic about communicating the authentic hope and full life found through faith.

Suzanne Addicot Community Outreach Manager

Suzanne is married to Rob the farmer, and they have five wonderful kids; together they are also house parents for the Dairy House! She loves people and is passionate about seeing them find freedom; she also enjoys everything creative. 

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Rachel Inman
Housing First Lead

Having traveled extensively in Britain and abroad, Rachel has worked in festival production and also has experience working with Gypsies and Travellers. She is passionate about helping the most isolated and complex needs of people.

Anita Edwards
Finance Team

Anita has over fifteen years experience in administration and finance, working in a variety of local businesses. After a career break to have a family, Anita is now part of the team administrating Connect Elim’s finances.

Gill Fowler
Catering Manager

Gill is an experienced Catering Manager running the kitchens for Downside School, Sutcliffe Catering and Mendip YMCA. Gill is passionate about delivering ‘platinum’ standard hospitality.


Tony Barter
Leadership Team

Tony, a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, founded and ran his own business for many years and is an active advocate for a number of community projects. Tony is a member of the Leadership Team, with responsibility for finance.


Yvonne Barter
Finance Team

Following many years running an insurance broking business with her husband, Yvonne now works on the Finance Team.

Sharon Edmonds Connect Centre Manager

Sharon previously worked at Connect as the Volunteer Co-ordinator and is now enjoying a new role with the team. Passionate about Wells and the community she is also an active member and trustee of the Wells Little Theatre. A busy mum of two who loves people, a good book, theatre, cooking and camping (when it's not too cold!)


Zoe Smith
Counselling Manager

Zoe is a Client-Centred Humanistic Counsellor, a specialist Asperger’s syndrome and Autism worker and a carer. Being a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP), she provides leadership and direction to the Connect Counselling team, is responsible for the client assessment and referral framework, the provision and quality of counselling services and the adherence by all members of the counselling team to their Ethical frameworks: BACP, National Counselling Society (NCS).


Judy Illingworth
Youth Leader

Judy has moved to Wells with her husband Jason to support Connect Youth. Judy is very passionate about the discipleship of Young People and has experience in working in Churches across the country delivering Youthwork and also in Schools. Judy can often be found goofing around on Friday evenings at Connect Youth and supporting graphic design projects within Connect.


Aaron Oats Dairy House support worker

Aaron is a support worker at the Dairy House and joined the team in September 2019.

He’s married with 2 children.

Aaron feels passionate about helping people when they need it most.

And being able to offer support and guidance when needed,


James and Esther Aldridge
Leadership Team

James and Esther Aldridge are Connect Church members living in Street and have joined our Leadership group to support Families and Connect Life Groups. James and Esther are very passionate about The Alpha Course and about holistic spiritual development within the family.

Abi McGuire Step Down Accommodation manager

Abi's husband is Peter and they have 2 daughters. They live in Shepton Mallet and you may see Abi playing skittles across Somerset in one of the local teams. Abi started a local community roller skating initiative. She works at Connect as the Step Down Accommodation manager.

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Malcolm Oakes Technical Team


Malcolm is married to Chris and they have a son Jonathan. Malcolm is an engineer with 40 years experience in the electronics and software industries. Now Malcolm has retired he helps at Connect with IT, AV and the website. 


Yasmin Akpinar Outreach and Youth Apprentice.

Yasmin joined the team at Connect in July 2018. She is enthusiastic, approachable and willing to learn as much as possible during her apprenticeship.


Paul Kingston Outreach Worker

Paul joined the team at connect in 2016 having lived abroad for many years but being very much a Somerset local. He is well experienced in field of work and a great addition to the team at Connect. 


Chloe Tyghe Digital Inclusion Worker & Dairy House Support Worker.

Chloe is a talented musician, singer and is without doubt our most creative team member. She is both the digital inclusion worker and a support worker at the Dairy House.


Kate Burton Outreach Worker

Kate joined the team in 2018 and is well experienced in her field of work. She is considered, a good listener and able to offer help and support to many who are vulnerable.

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Tom Atton Outreach Worker

Tom joins us from a largely substance misuse and criminal justice background but has also worked in supported housing in Swansea and more recently in Somerset. He can be found at weekends working away on his allotment with his family where they reap and sow a variety of fruit and veg.


Drew Hubball Dairy House support worker


Jay Bolton Dairy House support worker