Staff Team

Revd Canon Jonathan Baker


Canon Baker became Acting Dean of Peterborough Cathedral in October 2016. He was formerly Canon Missioner at the Cathedral, overseeing the ministry to visitors, schools and those enquiring about faith. Jonathan’s particular interests are preaching, the relation of faith to culture, Christian spirituality, and holy places.

He is the youngest of four children and grew up in Warwickshire. He studied History at Cambridge and Law at Guildford before working as a solicitor in London for five years. He was ordained in 1992 after training at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. After serving in churches in Croydon and Scarborough, Jonathan went to Peterborough in 2004. Jonathan’s leisure interests include history, architecture and the visual arts, including film.

Jonathan is married to Sue and they have four grown up children.


Robert Poyser

Director of Music

Robert Poyser was appointed Director of Music in 2009 and enjoys the many opportunities for music that the Minster’s diverse liturgical styles offer. Robert combines his role at the Minster with a busy programme of teaching, accompanying and recitals whilst enjoying cooking, most things railway related and following Gloucestershire’s cricket team.




Ben Merrell

Youth and Children’s Minister

Ben has been working with the children and young people at Beverley Minster since summer 2014. Before that he spent time working in a wide variety of jobs after graduating with a degree in civil engineering from Swansea University. It was while at uni that Ben realised that he was going to spend his life working for the church. Ben is married to Sarah who is a veterinary surgeon in Hull, and they have taken the growth of youth at the Minster very seriously, with their daughter Isla being born in June 2015. When he’s not at work Ben enjoys cricket, movies and walking up mountains.


Christine Bull

Parish Secretary

Christine has worked as Parish Secretary since 1999. She is based in the Parish Centre and is often the first point of contact for visitors to the Minster, as well as those arranging weddings and baptisms. She is married to John and has two grown up children and one granddaughter. In her spare time she likes to potter around the garden and enjoys a good book.