Meet the Team

Come and meet the M.A.S.T. team!

As well as being a children’s worker for M.A.S.T.,
Michael J Tinker is a multi-faceted musician.

Michael has performed with folk artists such as Damien O’Kane, Bella Hardy, the Young ‘uns and Gilmore&Roberts.

Michael has recorded multiple folk and children’s albums and can currently be seen touring his Family Show around the UK and abroad. Find out more on his website.



Ray and Beryl Briddon 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.

Their M.O. is to use puppets and songs to tell Bible stories.

‘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.

JamesAndChristineJames Coates 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 was spent running a toddler group, a childrens club and a youth group in their church.

At this point James and Christine also joined M.A.S.T. 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 M.A.S.T. He provides props to help bring bible stories to life.

Rebecca Walsh has stepped in to cover some of the schools for James when he’s been off on sick leave.

emily_spencer_-_DiscLeading our work in Secondary schools are our two associate workers, Emily Currell and Zania van Schalkwyk.

Emily was born in Derbyshire and grew up around Wirksworth and Matlock, which is where at a young age she regularly attended Michael Fentem’s children and youth groups.

When she was 19 she first went travelling to Canada and at 23 she encountered God again at a mega church in New Zealand, it was there that she felt He was calling her back to Matlock to work at Church in the Peak as a youth leader. Since then Emily has started working for Holy Trinity in Matlock Bath and has been going into the local secondary schools with M.A.S.T. to run the Christian Unions and to help in the Philosophy and Ethics classes at Anthony Gell.

As well as working with teenagers, Emily’s main passions in life are sharks, the ocean, the environment and saving the planet as well as SCUBA diving and travelling the world.
She’s now settled in Matlock with her husband Jack and feels particularly called to the local area of Hurst Farm – where they live.


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