People

Leadership team members

John Risbridger (LT pics 2016)

John Risbridger

Minister

John is our Team Leader and together with his wife Alison serve our church family. Main responsibilities are leading the team of elders, the preaching programme, envisioning the church and teaching & pastoral care.

Paul Webber (LT pics 2016)

Paul Webber

Minister

Paul is one of the team of ministers. Main responsibilities are providing vision and direction for mission both locally and world-wide. He also heads up our small group ministries, home groups, newcomers and missional communities.

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Lanre Akinyegun (LT pics 2016)

Lanre Akinyegun

Elder

When not doing his day job as an engineer Lanre is a member of the prayer team providing leadership within the prayer life of the church. He also serves on the First Impressions team welcoming people into the church building.

Richard Blake (LT pics 2016)

Richard Blake

Elder

A retired teacher Richard is involved in outreach to international students where he uses his educational interests and maritime history in sharing the gospel to a wide range of people.

Sally Campbell (LT pics 2016)

Sally Campbell

Head of Pastoral Care

Sally leads and develops our pastoral care services, supporting people of all ages across a wide range of needs. She also provides direction, vision and training for the pastoral care volunteers.

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Ian Castro (LT pics 2016)

Ian Castro

Elder

Now a Emeritus Professor for Southampton University having over 40 years of experience in engineering science he focusses his energies on outreach to international students and the church’s global mission programme.

Hannah Chanter (LT pics 2016)

Hannah Chanter

Church Secretary

Now retired from secular employment Hannah applies her business skills and knowledge to facilitate the smooth running of the church’s affairs and ensuring the demands of governance are met and in order.

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Dan Deacon (LT pics 2016)

Dan Deacon

Treasurer

During the day Dan works as an accountant for a large global company. He heads up the management of the church’s accounts and budgets and provides guidance and direction to the trustees on financial planning and management.

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Pete Norbury (LT pics 2016)

Pete Norbury

Elder

Pete is an engineer working for an American multi-national company. He is passionate about being a disciple making disciple and being an authentic follower of Jesus in every area of life.

Mike Pavey (LT pics 2016)

Mike Pavey

Assistant Church Secretary

Mike supports the church secretary in various administrative tasks including ensuring accurate minutes of trustee, leadership team and other meetings.

Alison Risbridger (LT pics 2016)

Alison Risbridger

Ministry Assistant

Alison works alongside John working in a number of areas across church life. Main areas of ministry are leading worship, developing prayer ministry alongside others, teaching in Formation School, children’s groups, students and women’s ministries. As a skilled teacher she is also reaching out to internationals through the weekly language café.

Ben Thomas photo

Ben Thomas

Head of Operations

Ben joined the church from a career in retail. He holds operational oversight across all areas of church life and supports the ministerial team in taking the vision forward.

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Tony Watkins (LT pics 2016)

Tony Watkins

Elder/Sent Mission Partner

Tony is a well-known speaker and writer exploring the interface between faith and culture, working partly alongside Damaris Norway and the Lausanne Movement. He is a key member of our communications and social media team as well as taking responsibility for safeguarding matters.

Paul Zealey (LT pics 2016)

Paul Zealey

Elder

Paul works as an accountant for a global professional services firm. He has a heart for mission and reaching out to people of all ages and stages in life. He supports a number of initiatives including the Mark Drama – a dramatisation of Mark’s gospel - serving on the steering group.

Staff team members

John Risbridger (LT pics 2016)

John Risbridger

Minister

John is our Team Leader and together with his wife Alison serve our church family. Main responsibilities are leading the team of elders, the preaching programme, envisioning the church and teaching & pastoral care.

Paul Webber (LT pics 2016)

Paul Webber

Minister

Paul is one of the team of ministers. Main responsibilities are providing vision and direction for mission both locally and world-wide. He also heads up our small group ministries, home groups, newcomers and missional communities.

Contact Paul
Ben Thomas photo

Ben Thomas

Head of Operations

Ben joined the church from a career in retail. He holds operational oversight across all areas of church life and supports the ministerial team in taking the vision forward.

Contact Ben
Sally Campbell (LT pics 2016)

Sally Campbell

Head of Pastoral Care

Sally leads and develops our pastoral care services, supporting people of all ages across a wide range of needs. She also provides direction, vision and training for the pastoral care volunteers.

Contact Sally
Callom Harkrader photo

Callom Harkrader

Head of Student Ministry

Oversees all things student discipleship and supporting university Christian Unions as well as leading the church internship called Transform.

Aaron Griffin

Aaron Griffin

Head of Youth Ministry

Responsible for helping young people engage with God at their pace while having a load of fun along the way.

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Jane Watkins

Jane Watkins

Head of Children’s Ministry

Overseeing all groups for 0-11s, with particular involvement in GSMA and WOW.

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Gerhild Haitchi

Gerhild Haitchi

Head of First Impressions & Office Coordinator (Sunday preparation)

Leads, envisions, equips and encourages the First Impressions team who provide hospitality at our Sunday services. Gathers, edits and distributes information needed for Sunday services.

Helen Zealander

Helen Zealander

Office Manager (Safeguarding, Giving & Events)

Completes the admin for safeguarding, giving and membership as well as organising our main events. Also on the buildings team overseeing our facilities. Works in the office on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

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Katy Kennedy

Katy Kennedy

Office Manager (Welcome, Communications & Events)

Managing the office, providing a warm welcome during the week. Developing our communications and organising our main events.

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Ruth Spradbery

Social Action Development Worker

Oversees and develops our various social action ministries, sharing hope and delivering support to people in need.

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Ros Briggs

CAP Centre Manager

Manages our CAP debt centre, offering free support to people within our community who are struggling with debt within the privacy of their own homes.

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Josh

Josh Prior

Media Coordinator

Implimenting our communications strategy, through our various media channels. Creating engaging graphics and videos. 

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John Leaver

John Leaver

Building maintenance technician & Housekeeper

Responsible for maintaining the safety and usability of the buildings. As well as ensuring cleanliness of the kitchens and food hygiene legislation.

Hannah Zealey photos

Hannah Zealey

Associate Children’s Worker

Involved in a variety of groups for 0-11s, with particular involvement in Poppin, Poppin Church and GSMA.

Jake Deacon

Jake Deacon

Caretaker

Responsible for the set up and take down of activities and supporting the church in running effectively.

Pam Hatt

Pam Hatt

Finance Assistant

Responsible for our bookkeeping, expenses, gift aid and completing our annual accounts. Works in the office Tuesday and Thursday.

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Ruth Norbury

Ruth Norbury

Office Co-ordinator (Formation School)

Part of the office team with responsibility for the administration of Formation School, the Discipleship training school. Works in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Caitlin Walsh

Pastoral Care Worker

Primarily involved with pastoral administration, and also with facilitating other areas of pastoral work. Works in the church office on Mondays.

Tom Wederell

Tom Wederell

STEP Trainee (Student)

Assistant to the student ministry. Receiving training in various aspects of wider church ministry. Studying part-time for an MA in Applied Theology.

Luke Hammond

Luke Hammond

STEP Trainee (Youth)

Assistant to the youth ministry. Receiving training in various aspects of wider church ministry. Studying part-time for an MA in Applied Theology.

Bethany Devonish

Bethany Devonish

Transform worker

A one year internship, primarily focused on exploring gifting and a breadth of church activities as well as workplace experience.

Charlie Watkins

Charlie Watkins

Transform worker

A one year internship, primarily focused on exploring gifting and a breadth of church activities as well as workplace experience.