Trustees & School Visitors

Michael Fentem - School Visitor

Michael with his wife Amanda

Michael at Morecombe

Michael Fentem at a <p> school

Michael lives in Matlock with his wife Amanda - a teaching assistant at Wirksworth Junior School. They have one son, Thomas who is a manager of a Wyvale Garden Centre in Ashford after gaining his Masters at Canterbury University. They have two foster children who are both living independently now but keep in close contact.

Michael has been activily working in churches with children and running children's clubs etc for 40 years so bringing a wealth of experience.

For many years Michael was known nationally as "Uncle Michael - the clown" and toured over much Britain working in churches bringing a unique show which incorporated a lot of fun and the happy message of the Gospel. For over 15 years this was his full time occupation as he built up his reputation doing birthday parties, tourist venues and carnivals in Derbyshire. He appeared four times on TV and headed "Songs of Praise" when it was filmed from Matlock. Much of the filming of Michael was done in Bethlehem for the programme's Christmas show.

Michael has now hung up his clown outfit, having retired as Uncle Michael in December 2013. He now concentrates his gifts in conducting schools assemblies in 65 different school situations every term ranging from a nursery school through to Yr 11s at Secondary. He uses a variety of visual aids (magic tricks), fun and pictures from the Holy Land to primarily tell stories about Jesus.

After 15 years working in schools he has seen many children start in reception and spoken to them six times a year, meaning some youngsters have heard him conduct up to 72 school assemblies - taking approx 18 hours, and with this comes Michaels catch phrase - "Todays story is about my favourite person - JESUS"

To see the schools Michael visits, see the Schools page.

To contact Michael directly, see the Contact Us page.


James & Christine Coates - School Visitors

James was born in the central African Country of Zambia, his parents being missionaries in Congo. In 1994, James and Christine moved to Matlock and quickly got involved in the childrens clubs at Steep Turnpike Evangelical Church.

In 2004 James left his job as a furniture maker to work full time, with Christine, in Christian Ministry. Part of their time is spent running a toddler group, a childrens club and a youth group in their church.

James and Christine joined MAST nine years ago and bring a unique brand of home made visual aids. They take assemblies and teach an R.E. programme called Bible Explorers. James worked as a cabinet maker for many years and has brought these talents to MAST. He provides props to help bring bible stories to life.

To see the schools James & Christine visit, see the Schools page.

To contact James & Christine directly, see the Contact Us page.

James Coates

James with his wife Christine

Christine Coates


Ray & Beryl Briddon - School Visitors

Ray Briddon

Beryl Briddon

Ray & Beryl Briddon

Ray and Beryl bring a wealth of experience to the ministry of M.A.S.T. They have both worked and ministered in the area for nearly forty years, being Methodist Local Preachers and helping with children's work in local churches. Beryl has also worked in schools as a teacher for many years.

After prayer and discussion they are looking to use puppets and song to tell stories mainly based on an Old Testament theme.

'We both recognised the need to teach our young people the stories of the Bible and felt God leading us to join M.A.S.T. as a new opportunity opens in our lives' said Ray.

To see the schools Ray & Beryl visit, see the Schools page.

To contact Ray & Beryl directly, see the Contact Us page.


Jeremy Beckett - Chair

Jeremy BeckettIn June 2016, Jeremy stepped into the role as chairman of MAST. Jeremy has been a supporter and trustee of MAST for over ten years. He has worked in education as well and is currently a Parish Councillor.

Jeremy worships at Steep Turnpike Evangelical Church and is keen to support the ongoing work of MAST, but he also wants to see it grow in the forthcoming years. He will be working alongside schools teams and the trustees to find new workers to take over Michael’s role within MAST’s School work.


Chris Cookman - Treasurer

Chris CookmanChris took over as treasurer of MAST in April 2013 and has also been appointed a trustee. Chris takes over the role from the experienced hands of David Quinn who had been the treasurer since the formation of MAST eleven years ago.

Chris was, for many years, the treasurer and chair of trustees for the church in London that he and his family used to go to before they moved to Derbyshire. He was also the treasurer of the PTA of the Primary School that his boys went to in London. Locally, Chris is a trustee of Chruch in the Peak and is also responsible for overseeing Gift Aid at CiTP.

To contact Chris directly, see the Contact Us page.


Christine Coates - Secretary

Christine been doing a wonderful job as our Secretary since Bill Hawley left the post because of his move out of the area. Bill had been secretary since the formation of MAST but Christine took over in January 2011 and was at the centre of the organization of much of the celebrations for MAST ten year anniversary last year. Christine, while attending meetings, does not serve as a trustee. She can be contacted on 01629 760239. Christine Coates


Other trustees:

  • Sheila Laming - Holy Trinity Matlock Bath
  • Judy Land - Bonsall Wesleyan Reform Church
  • Martyn Pyne - Lifehouse Church, Chesterfield
  • Pastor Matthew Quinn - Bonsall Assembly of God
  • Mavis Salisbury - Matlock Methodist & URC Church
  • Councillor Peter Slack - Wellsprings, Wirksworth
  • Alan Smith - Matlock Lifeworks - The Hub
  • Patrick Tsang - Doncaster Chinese Church

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