Who’s Who

It’s a great team here at St John’s; their aim is to encourage all to join in with what God’s doing in the life of the community.




Previous Clergy and Readers


Picture of Rev. Bruce DeansBruce is married to Caroline and together they have two boys, Joseph and Daniel.  Bruce is a family man and enjoys spending time with his family, going for walks, cycles, having meals out and watching films.  Bruce keeps fit by regular running.  Bruce is passionate about Jesus and sharing the good news about Jesus with others.  In his role as Vicar, Bruce loves to spend time with old and young alike and believes the church should play an active part in the life of its wider community.  Bruce also believes the church should be a place of welcome, where the worship is engaging and accessible to all.  Prior to his ordination in 2004, Bruce held a senior role in banking.

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Eleanor Coutts – Warden

Eleanor grew up in South East London, before moving to Durham to study Physics at University. After graduating, Eleanor moved to Fareham for work in Autumn 2018, and has been a member of St John’s ever since.

In her spare time, she enjoys baking, knitting, volunteering at the local beaver scouts group, and going to parkrun.

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Vicky Duboc- Warden

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Brian Powell – Reader

Brian became a Reader in 2001. Prior to his retirement, Brian was a different kind of Reader. In this case a Reader in Materials Engineering at the University of Portsmouth, this involved research and lecturing.
Currently, he is focused on preaching, teaching and storytelling, and when time permits, hill walking. Presently his four grandchildren are all at universities.  But, he maintains, life’s a school, and everyone a teacher.

“I delight in the friendliness and informality of the supportive family life that exists at St John’s.”

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Caroline Deans – Reader

Caroline is married to Bruce, the vicar at St John’s. They have two young boys and as well as being “Mum” Caroline works part-time in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist. When she has spare time Caroline enjoys swimming, reading, cooking and browsing in charity shops.

Caroline arrived at St John’s with the family in the spring of 2015 and was licenced as a Reader in September 2015. This is a development in a life-long faith journey and many years’ involvement in children’s work and small groups in churches.
Caroline is passionate about sharing the Good News about Jesus in ways which are both inclusive and life-changing.

“St John’s is such a loving community and we have been made to feel very welcome. This is the kind of church Jesus was talking about when he said: “This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” (John 13:35)”

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Ian Cranstone – Reader

Ian has been a member of St John’s from the age of 18 and was licensed as a Reader in 1993 and is also sub-warden of Readers for the Fareham Deanery.

Ian married Sally in 1987, and they have two children Ellen and John. Ian and Sally are both involved in running Messy Church.

Ian completed a BA in Church and Community Studies in 2004, and worked in Education for 14 years, beginning as a learning support assistant and rising to Deputy Head Teacher at the local secondary school until April 2014.

Ian is currently enjoying a sabbatical from work, transforming his garden and having trained his chocolate coloured Cocker Spaniel called Josie to do useful things like fetch the tv remote, is now training his new puppy (a brown, white and black coloured girl Cocker Spaniel called Charlie) for even greater things.

In his free time, Ian is a season ticket holder at Saints FC, enjoys watching films, eating out and keeping up to date with latest technologies.

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Jeannette Poulter – Reader

Jeannette has been a member of St. John’s Church since 1998, has two children and four grandchildren.  Jeannette completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Studies and Associated Sciences in 2000.  Jeannette has been a Reader since 2006 and is part of the Pastoral Care Team and leads monthly and seasonal services in a local Care Home.  Jeannette enjoys music and plays the piano and treble recorder, enjoys walking, socializing and meeting family and friends for coffee and meals.

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Jeremy Hicks – Reader

Jeremy grew up in Nottingham, and moved to Fareham shortly after graduating from university. A few months later he met Rachel at a Lent study group, and they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in March 2013. Jeremy became a Reader in 1998, serving for six years in our neighbouring parish of Holy Trinity with St Columba before moving to St John’s.  Jeremy works as a software engineer in the digital television industry. In his spare time he plays cricket, badminton and table tennis; he is a keen cyclist, enjoys puzzles and quizzes, and is interested in languages and music. He is the fixture secretary of the local indoor cricket league, the secretary of the Fareham Fairtrade group, and the webmaster of the Hampshire Fairtrade Network; and together with Rachel he is the co-ordinator for Christian Aid in Fareham and Portchester.

“I have a passion to see the good news of Jesus making a real difference, and I’m excited to be part of St John’s as we seek to spread faith, care and justice in our local community, in our town and in the wider world.”

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Jo-Anne Newton – Reader

Jo-Anne moved to Fareham at the age of 7 and was part of the St John’s family until she was 16. She has a degree in Applied Chemistry and worked at Cyanamid in Gosport where she met her husband Graham. They have been members at St John’s since 2010.
Jo-Anne now works for the NHS and also has been a volunteer hospital chaplain since 2004. She became a Reader in 1998 and is currently licensed to Queen Alexandra Hospital as she has a passion for prayer and healing ministry.  In her spare time Jo-Anne enjoys baking, knitting, playing bowls and watching cricket.

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