Our Leadership Team
I grew up in a family and extended family where everyone was a Christian, to many it might have seemed I had no choice – but I did. From a young age my parents impressed on me the need to make my own decision about the Christian faith. Yes they encouraged me to read the bible and find out more about the eternal life saving good news of the historic man Jesus Christ, but they were also confident enough in the evidence of the Christian faith that they also encouraged me to investigate other world views and religions. That humble confidence of my parents, the good news that Jesus was willing to substitute himself for me on the cross and the immensity of God’s love that I could know through that – this is what made me as a young boy commit my life to Jesus Christ. It hasn’t been easy, but since that day God has patiently kept me through the ups and down of life. More than just that though, he has used some of those really difficult times to help me trust him even more and refine me in the process. That hasn’t made those tough times any easier (and we all face them) but it has helped to make some sense of the struggles. I grew up in Exeter (Devon) and then Sheffield (Yorkshire). I am a massive fan of sport and still love to try and keep ‘relatively’ fit. After leaving university I became a teacher in a boarding school, living up in York. Then my wife (Sarah) and I left the comfort of our professional lives to train as a minister in the Church of England. I trained at a theological college in North London and then moved to Wimbledon to work in a church there for the following 7 years as an assistant minister. We have been at Christ Church Earlsfield for the last 6 years and we have seen God work so wonderfully amongst us, it has been such a huge privilege.
Prayer for CCE
My prayer for CCE is that we would continue to grow both numerically and in our love for God as we welcome people from all walks of life; those finding life easy and those finding life tough. That we would continue to be the welcoming, loving and giving community that God would have us be. And that we would carefully and faithfully teach God’s Word, the bible, in a way that speaks into our lives even today in London.
I grew up in Surrey (SE England) and was taken to church when I was very young. As a teenager I probably would have called myself a Christian, and agreed intellectually to the truths that we read in the creed at school chapel, but Jesus and His death and resurrection made little difference to my day-to-day life. In God’s kindness a teacher came to my school in 6th form who set up a Christian meeting, and invited a few of us to Christian summer camp events. These were great opportunities for hearing the gospel clearly taught, yet while I agreed with what I heard, my lifestyle didn’t really change. The Lord was patient with me and continued to place Christians in my path at university in Edinburgh, -they were great at inviting me to church and to CU. Through hearing God’s word clearly taught and meeting Christians my own age, the Lord gradually changed what had been a mainly intellectual belief into a genuine trust in Christ and a desire to follow Him in all areas of my life. Seeing the significance of student mission at university led me to volunteer with UCCF (Christian Unions) for a year in London, when I was first at Christ Church Earlsfield, and then two years doing student work in the Czech Republic (‘09-11). It has been a privilege to be serving at CCE and doing women’s ministry in particular since then. (Further training has included the Cornhill training course ’12-‘14, and a Biblical Counselling course with CCEF ’14-’16)
Prayer for CCE
That we would grow in reading the Bible with each other to encourage and build each other up in Christ, and that we’d grow in courage and wisdom to share God’s word with those in the area who aren’t yet Christians, so that many more would come to know Christ.
Rob, along with his wife Karen and daughters Amelie and Lola, lives in Wimbledon Park. A former Army officer, Rob has also worked with an international relief organisation. He currently works in Operations with John Lewis Partnership. He is an avid sportsman and especially enjoys escaping to the Devon coast for surfing and windsurfing.
John is married to Felicia and works in the city in the finance industry. John is in charge of the small groups (homegroups) within the church, if you would like to know more about them please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Al and his wife Anna have one daughter, Lillian, and have lived in central Earlsfield for the past couple of years. Part of Al’s week is spent working for London City Mission as the artist-in-residence at Departure in Limehouse, East London. He is the co-founder and director of Morphe arts; supporting artists, designers and performers through mentoring and events.