Who's who


Rev Dorothy McGarvey

Dorothy grew up in Northern Ireland but moved to London the day after she and Philip were married.  She studied German at Queen’s University Belfast before joining the Civil Service in London where she worked until the children came along.  She has a son and daughter and one grandson.  Once the children were at school Dorothy worked in the local doctor’s surgery which was the beginning of over twenty years’ service in various roles in the NHS.  Over these years, it was suggested that she think about ordination and after much pondering and prayer Dorothy started training for ordination in 2012 and was ordained in 2014. She feels that her calling is in the area of pastoral care. In her free time Dorothy enjoys reading, knitting and tutored wine tasting.

Lay Reader

Safeguarding Officer

Peter Davis

Peter became a Licenced Reader in the Benefice in 1977 after coming to the Area in 1972 to teach Mathematics at what was then Swanley School. Remained there until retirement in 2006 holding many pastoral roles such as Head of House, Head of Year and Head of Keystage. Married with two children and 5 grandchildren. Currently based at Farningham Church and Safeguarding Officer for the Benefice.

Lay Reader

Jan Thompson

Jan studied at a Church grammar school and sang in her church choir. She read Theology at King's College London, where she met her husband who became ordained.. She did teacher training at Cambridge University and went on to teach Religious Education in four secondary schools. She also began a writing career that lasted 35 years, writing materials on her subject for pupils and teachers. She became an adviser in Bromley Education Authority, during which time she gained a Masters degree. Her final post was working for Church Schools in Rochester Diocese as an Assistant Director of Education. On retirement, she did Reader training and was licensed in 2013. She enjoys teaching and preaching in the Benefice, was instrumental in establishing the Homegroups, and has run the fetes and sales events for St Martin's in recent years. She is also known for organising group trips abroad. She is now single, with a daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and grandson.    



Peter Sansom

Peter moved from Buckinghamshire to Kent 35 years ago, living in Horton Kirby since 1987. He previously worshiped in Sutton at Hone, but has been a member of St Martin’s Eynsford for the last 9 years. After 3 years training Peter was commissioned as a Diocesan Evangelist in 2008, and is now Churchwarden at St Martin's. Peter visits several prisons as a facilitator for a victim awareness course called Sycamore Tree. He is a Venue Manager for Dartford Winter Night Shelter for the homeless. Peter has also been commissioned to give talks and training on Modern Day Slavery Awareness. Peter has a heart for the marginalised in society. 


Licensed Lay Minister

Tina Watson

Tina trained as a Licensed Lay Minister in Rochester Diocese and was licensed in June 2017. She is the overseer of home groups and prayer ministry in the Benefice. She has a passion for environmental issues, has written a short course on creation care for small group study (available through the Diocese from August/September 2019), heads up the St Martin's  Eco Church Team and is a vegan.

Tina has been the Benefice Administrator since 2003.