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Key People

The Revd. Canon Chris Strain

The Revd Canon Chris Strain has served in the Diocese for 25 years and has been vicar of St Luke’s Parkstone since 2000. He is married to Maggie, who is very involved in the life of the church,and they have three children in their 20s and a granddaughter.

Chris enjoyed being a member of General Synod for 10 years, and until recently was assistant Rural Dean of Poole and North Bournemouth.  He is a governor of St Edwards’s RC CE Secondary School and is committed to unity and partnerships having chaired Churches Together in Poole for five years, been chair of the Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship and chaplain to the Scouts. He is a founding trustee of the Poole-Wau South Sudan Trust and has visited South Sudan three times with the Deanery and SOMA.

Chris is a surrogate for marriages, a Vocations Adviser and Peer Reviewer. He has a concern for church and clergy wellbeing, and for a kingdom of God and whole life discipleship focus.  In his spare time Chris enjoys playing tennis for East Dorset seconds and veterans and is getting back to some erratic golf!

 Address: The Vicarage, 2 Birchwood Road, Parkstone, Poole BH14 9NP

Telephone: 01202 741030

Christine Gilbert

Christine is the Church Administrator. Christine enjoys camping, being outdoors, walking, cycling and generally keeping fit, cooking, singing, playing the piano, and craft

Address: St. Luke's Church Office, Wellington Road, Parkstone, Poole. BH14 9LF.

Telephone: 01202 717268
or Email:

Ruth Greig; Roy Stacey; John Pattison, Justin Coldstream

Licensed Lay Ministers