St Andrew's Ashton

Who's who

James Nash


James is married to Becca and they have 3 children. They moved to Preston in 2007 for James to work at All Saints Church as the Assistant Pastor before moving to St Andrew's (James' first day at St. Andrew's was the 1st April 2011 [no joke!]). James enjoys just about any sport (although these days he seems to watch more on TV than actually doing them), he loves reading and exploring the Lake District with the family. Before moving to Preston the Nashes lived in Plymouth, where James did his first job in the Church of England. He has also lived at various times in Oxford, the Wirral and London.

Katy Johnson

Children's Worker

Originally from Bristol, Katy studied Geography at Aberystwyth University. She moved to Preston in August 2016 after working as the Youth Minister's Assistant at St Johns Church in Knutsford for two years.  Katy grew up in a Christian home but it was as a teenager she realised that it was only through Jesus that she could call God her Father and belong to God's family. Katy enjoys watching and playing netball, playing board games as well as baking, reading and being out enjoying God's creation!

Michelle Bateman


Michelle is a proud Prestonian and has been at St. Andrew's since 2014. She worked as a maths teacher at a school in Lancaster before joining the staff team as our administrator. Michelle grew up in a christian home and became a Christian at a young age, but it was at university that she realised what it meant to truly live for Jesus. She is married to Dan and enjoys cooking and baking, music, and playing sport. 

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Howard Robinson


Howard is a Prestonian who has lived in and around the area for most of his life. Once working for BAE, he is now a Visitor Services Supervisor at a museum and art gallery. He is married to Cath and is a grandparent to grandchildren who attend St.Andrews church. He says 'Wherever that I have been blessed with any abilities, I wish to use them to contribute to and support the ministry of the Gospel which brings us to a personal relationship with Jesus.' Away from church he is a Preston North End supporter, attending matches when he can, and he is an avid reader.

Dave Underhill


Dave is married to Jess and has two children, Pippa and Toby. Originally from a small village in the Brecon Beacons, he moved to Preston in 2010 and works locally as an engineer. Although he grew up in a Christian home, it wasn't until he was 18 that he realised he needed Jesus as his saviour and was baptised in a freezing Welsh river! He loves being part of the St Andrew's church family, and seeing people grow in their love of Jesus. Outside of church, Dave enjoys walking and climbing, good food, fine ales and (like every good Welshman) he lives and dies with the Welsh rugby team!