Meet the St Matthew's Leadership Team
Revd Richard Young
I have been Vicar of St Matthew's since 2007 and love being here.
At the heart of who we are at St Matthew’s is our mission statement:
•Loving God • Loving our Community
This summarises our desires as a church: to worship and serve God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – in all we do, and to make a practical difference for the people of Yiewsley as we reach out with God’s love.
It’s the responsibility of the Church Leadership Team to work out how to make that vision a reality, and my role to lead the team in that process. That needs lots of prayer, and the gift of discernment that comes from the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, it’s the responsibility of the Leadership Team to develop and nurture lay ministry and leadership across St Matthew’s. That's because Christian ministry and leadership is the responsibility of all Christians, not just those of us who sometimes wear our collars the wrong way round!
And lastly, I see my role as supporting and encouraging the rest of the team listed below, by helping them to grow in confidence in their walk with Christ and as Christian leaders.
Revd Vicky Bastidas
Vicky was ordained as a Deacon at St Paul's Cathedral on 1st July 2017 and has now joined St Matthew's as our curate for the next 3 years. Vicky is the first Colombian woman to be ordained in the Church of England. She has many years of experience as a missionary in different parts of Latin America.
Vicky says: I define my life by what God has called me to do. Mission gives me a sense of purpose and direction. Being in mission is the idea that drives me.
I am committed to the Scriptures and believe in the uniqueness of the good news of Jesus Christ, but all in relation to the reality of the world around me.
For me, proclaiming the good news of God, teaching and taking care of new believers, responding to those in need, seeking to transform unjust situations and trying to protect the integrity of creation are the things that challenge me every day.
Revd Urmila Kurkalang
was ordained as a Deacon at St Paul's Cathedral on 3rd July 2021 and has now
joined St Matthew's as our curate for the next 3 years.
“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10 If there’s one verse that captures what I have experienced of God’s goodness and grace, and His desire for your life and mine … it’s this.
From my humble beginnings in my little hometown Pune to the doors in my life that opened or closed according to His Will and thankfully(!) not mine, it is His design that brought me here to the UK in 2004 despite my own misgivings. The love of Jesus and His love for people drew me into the world of Social Work … and after 20 years as a Social Worker, He called me out to this vocation of ordained ministry. I believe it is His special plan that brought Samara, Jonas and me to the warm and life-giving community here at St Matthew’s. As we seek His face and continue this exciting journey of faith, hope and love together; I know ‘that He who began the good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus,’ according to His Perfect Will.’ Amen.
Youth Work Apprentice
I grew up in Hillingdon and have been going to St. Margaret’s Church since I was young. For the last 7 years I have been a Pastry Chef in and around Central London and I continue to have a passion for cooking. I also like dancing, reading and films. I am excited to be joining St. Matthew’s Church as a Children and Youth Apprentice. I hope in the next 3 years with St Matthew's that I will be able to help children and young people from all walks of life engage with our church and it’s mission, to help us grow as a church family and community.
Team Leader responsible for Children & Young People
Team Leader responsible for Facilities
Team Leader responsible for Nurture
Team Leader responsible for Pastoral & Social Care
Team Leader responsible for Outreach