Ministry Team

Licensed Lay Minister, Canon Paul Betts

Paul was born locally, and educated at Brentwood School and King’s College, London, where he studied Classics at both degree and postgraduate level; in addition, he took the optional A.K.C. (Associate of King’s College) course and discovered an interest in Theology. He belongs to the National Trust, English Heritage and the Royal Horticultural Society and enjoys visiting places of beauty and/or historical interest.

Paul has been part of the St Mary’s congregation since the late 1950s and was invited to join a new band of Servers in 1962. He was asked to lead the Servers in 1976. He has been a member of the Mission & Unity Committee for many years, becoming Chairman in the early 1990s. Around this time he began to represent St Mary’s on the local Ecumenical Coordinating Committee, the forerunner of Churches Together in Hutton & Shenfield, of which he was the first Chairman. He was Churchwarden from 1996 to 2002. On retiring from a career in teaching, he embarked on the diocesan Course in Christian Studies, which led to Reader training; he was licensed as a Reader in 2007. He now edits the weekly newsletter, TheLink. He is currently serving as Lay Chair of the Brentwood Deanery Synod and has been made a Lay Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral.

Paul can be contacted by clicking the Contacts page

Churchwarden,  Ian Eaton 

Six years ago I moved to Hutton Poplars from Waltham Abbey with my wife, Rosemary, to be close to our elder son and his family. We joined St Mary’s Church because our two local grandchildren were attending the school (I can often be spotted picking up our grandson after school!). We enjoyed the ethos of St Mary’s, and the friendliness of everyone we came across - and we kept on coming!

I met Rosemary more than fifty years ago in the Physics lab at Exeter University. It was her who encouraged me to become a Deputy Churchwarden at St Mary’s two years ago to keep my little grey cells active. I did not intend to become a full Churchwarden (like she had been at Waltham Abbey) but somehow I volunteered and I became a fully-fledged Churchwarden here on 14th May 2019.

I’m very interested in local and family history, and enjoy metal detecting (what I call ‘field fishing’ - very calming, if frustrating!).

I’m a retired Financial Services IT Manager who worked for IBM, NatWest and various software companies, including Logica. With this work background I’ve been asked to focus on implementing new ways of processing our church’s finances to make it easier to fill the Treasurer vacancy on our PCC.

Ian can be contacted by clicking the Contacts page


Churchwarden,  Edna Grimble

I first attended St. Mary’s Church in 1983 when I was warmly welcomed by many of the congregation.

My son was baptised there and it was not long before I was asked to join the Stewardship team as Secretary.

I was then Confirmed with many other adults that particular year.  It all took place at St. Mary’s and an occasion I shall never forget.

Molly Hoyle and I were asked to start up the first Footprints Group in the Parish Hall and that group has been going ever since.

I have been PCC Secretary for many years and am a member of Deanery Synod, Lay Minister of Communion, Mission and Unity Committee, Ministry Team, Fund Raising Committee, Mothers Union, Social Committee and have recently resigned from Churches Together in Hutton and Shenfield.  I am best known for my role as Electoral Roll Officer.

I was born in Enfield and married in 1967. I have worked in London as a PA and then at the Fire Brigade Headquarters  in Hutton and lastly the NHS as an Administration Officer.  I have one son who married last year.

This is my second term as a Churchwarden and I am enjoying it very much. Edna can be contacted by clicking the Contacts page