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.

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.

Nick Berryman

Nick Berryman

Elder

Nick uses his degree in Electrical Engineering to work as an Engineering Manager at a technology company in Romsey. Nick also has a passion for seeker courses and has been involved with both Christianity Explored and Alpha courses over the past few years. As well as this Nick enjoys hospitality and discipleship. 

Roger Bishop

Roger Bishop

Elder

Roger worked in the accounts department of a Life Assurance office while he studied at London Bible College and has served in full-time ministry in three churches before coming to Above Bar Church. He is passionate about the values and the vision of the church and considers it a priviledge to serve here.

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.

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.

Ben Clark

Ben Clark

Elder

Ben formerly worked in Kenya to support businesses and projects there, and is now based at a local university, helping students and staff launch exciting technology companies. Within church life he leads the church football team, preaches and leads a home group.

Richard Collins

Richard Collins

Elder

Richard is a writer, a former journalist with the BBC and works for Living Leadership. He is involved with a variety of ministries within the church such as the Big Breakfast, More 2 Life and Supervising at Basics Bank.

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.

Richard Fountain

Richard Fountain

Elder

Richard serves on the Upper GSMA and all-age service teams, and, with his wife Alison, co-leads a home group. He works as an Assistant Headteacher at a primary school.

Tim Henstock

Tim Henstock

Elder

Tim works as a Professor at a local university. Within church life he has a passion for 1:1 discipleship, serving most recently on the student team. He also regularly serves on the sound desk.

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

Director 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.

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.

Office and ministry team members

Sofia Bianchi

Sofía Bianchi

Transform Worker

Transform is one-year programme, primarily focused on exploring gifting and a breadth of church activities as well as workplace experience.

Jared Blackford

Jared Blackford

Transform Worker

Transform is one-year programme, primarily focused on exploring gifting and a breadth of church activities as well as workplace experience.

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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.

Simeon Carter

Simeon Carter

Transform Worker

Transform is one-year programme, primarily focused on exploring gifting and a breadth of church activities as well as workplace experience.

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.

Bethany Devonish

Bethany Devonish

STEP Trainee (Students)

Beth works as an assistant to the youth ministry, receiving training in various aspects of wider church ministry. Studying part-time for an MA in Applied Theology.

Rachel Di Nucci

Rachel Di Nucci

Transform Worker

Transform is one-year programme, primarily focused on exploring gifting and a breadth of church activities as well as workplace experience.

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.

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.

Callom Harkrader photo

Callom Harkrader

Head of Outreach

Callom is passionate about encouraging and equipping the church on an individual and macro level in sharing the good news of Jesus. This also involves helping organise and lead church outreach events as well as doing training and evangelistic speaking at other churches and CUs. Callom also assists The Mark Drama.

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.

Ben Jesty

Ben Jesty

Caretaker

Setting up and packing down for regular and one-off church events, and maintaining safety aspects of the building.

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.

Chris Matheson

Chris Matheson

Head of Office and Facilities

Chris leads the church office team.

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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Josh Prior

Media Coordinator

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

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.

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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.

Ben Thomas photo

Ben Thomas

Director 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.

Katherine Trollope 2018

Katherine Trollope

Associate Children’s Worker

Involved in a variety of groups for 0-11s, training leaders and discipling children within our church family.

Jane Watkins

Jane Watkins

Head of Children’s Ministry

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

Ollie Watkins 2018

Ollie Watkins

Transform Worker

Transform is one-year programme, primarily focused on exploring gifting and a breadth of church activities as well as workplace experience.

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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Caitlin Wederell

Pastoral Care Assistant

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

Head of Student Ministry

Oversees all things student discipleship and supporting university Christian Unions. Studying part-time for an MA in Applied Theology. He oversees the church internship scheme, Transform.

Pete White

Pete White

CAP Debt Coach

Pete joined the CAP team in April. He works on Tuesdays and Thursdays, offering a listening ear and giving advice on how to manage debt. 

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

Transform Worker

Transform is one-year programme, primarily focused on exploring gifting and a breadth of church activities as well as workplace experience.

Helen Zealander

Helen Zealander

Office Manager (Safeguarding, Giving, Buildings & 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.

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.