Revd Aiyana Gardner-Houghton


Hi, and welcome to our church website! I’m Aiyana, the current Minister at Heavitree and Pinhoe URC’s in Exeter and I also work as Rural Missioner for the Synod. When I am not working with this lovely bunch of people I can typically be found outdoors. I am a passionate year-round wild swimmer, and love nothing more than exploring Dartmoor or camping under the stars. My faith is deeply rooted in finding the divine in all of creation, and I am much more at peace in the fresh air; making walking central to my prayer life. Wherever you find yourself on your own spiritual journey, there is a place for you to explore further in our faith community. If you would like a chat or more information on what we do, please get in touch. Chatting to people is by far the best part of my day!


In the United Reformed Church, the Elders share responsibility, with the Minister of Word and Sacraments, for the spiritual wellbeing of the congregation. The Elders’ meeting is a distinctive and vital part of every URC, providing creative input on how we should work and grown in love as a faith community (and yes, that does sometimes mean discussing how best to use our resources or practical concerns) BUT always grounded in prayer. We are so thankful for their help and guidance to our churches. Our current Eldership are:

Alasdair Rust

In 2019 I graduated from Exeter University with an Hons Degree in Business Studies and I now work in Procurement for the NHS. I started attending Heavitree URC at the age of 5, when I joined the local Boys’ Brigade Company, the 10th Exeter. Since then, my fellowship journey has continued to guide me to the next step. In my spare time, outside of Church and Boys’ Brigade, I enjoy landscape photography and long distance running.

Alasdair Rust

Janet Grey

Janet Gray

I work as one of the URC’s Synod Pastoral advisers covering Cornwall, North Devon and Plymouth. I am married to Dick who is also the Synod treasurer and we have two sons, both of whom are married, and three grandchildren. One family live in Canada and the other in London. My hobbies are walking, bird watching, usually at the same time and researching my family history.

Peter Cox

I am a retired Mechanical Engineer and have two daughters and two grandchildren.
I have been involved with Heavitree URC for 6 years, 4 years as a church member and two and a half as a serving elder. My hobbies are golf and bowls (outdoor and indoor) and I also have an allotment. I belong to Friends of Heavitree where I drive patients to appointments and am a member of the Heavitree practice PPG.

Peter Cox

Tony and Lucy Langmead

I’m Tony the current joint church secretary and have been a member at Heavitree for many years. Lucy and I married in 1975, and it wasn’t long before we were business partners too. Lucy is the current church Safeguarding Coordinator and over the years has been involved with much of the children’s work. We have two children and now a Granddaughter and are blessed to have them live nearby.

Sheena Dick

I moved to Pinhoe from Scotland in 1990 and started coming to the URC in Pinn Lane, and I remember being made very welcome. I have a son who lives in Glasgow and until I was 65 I worked full time with HMRC in town . I now volunteer with a local charity called Clyst Caring at the charity shop and day centre for the elderly.

Pat Mortimore

Tom Woodbury

You are here to defend the defenceless, to make sure that the underdog gets a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them.

Psalm 82 v 3 – 4 (The Message)

In the URC we believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and that it is underpinned by scripture as a command to “love one another as I have loved you”. We consider this commandment places a responsibility on church communities to act positively to safeguard the welfare of all those who may be vulnerable within the church community, by providing a welcoming environment, safe and free from harm.

To view our latest Safeguarding Policy click here.

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