The Church Wardens write….


We are delighted to announce that St. John’s will have a new Incumbent

Rev Willem Mauritz (Wim) and his family will be joining us in August.

From Wim:

Dear friends at St John’s,

I am thrilled to have been offered the post of incumbent of your parish. I am really looking forward to building new relationships with you and to love and serve the wider community in Copthorne. I am excited by the vision of St John’s and inspired by the opportunities to see bridges being built between people from different ages and backgrounds and for the church to become a place where people know they are welcomed and loved by our Lord Jesus Christ. As family we’re looking forward to meeting you all!

Every blessing,


More about Wim:

Wim is currently a curate at St James’ Tunbridge Wells and will finish his time there this coming summer. He is married to Kirsty and they have two daughters. Over the years

Wim has worked as a manager in various disaster relief and development programmes in countries overseas as well as in the UK. He is originally from Holland and met his wife Kirsty whilst working for a Christian humanitarian agency in Mozambique. He is passionate about the unique role that the local church plays in continuing Jesus’ mission to bring good news to all people. He strongly believes that all Christians have a vital role to play in living out Jesus’ message by loving God and other people and seeking transformation wherever God has placed them. Wim received his theological training at St Mellitus College in London. He loves spending time with his family. He likes to cycle, enjoys a good film, a fitness work-out, baking, gardening and when times allows it some stained-glass window making.