Meet the Team

The Ministry team includes those who assist in Sunday worship, who are as follows:


Fr Philip Ritchie
is our vicar. He trained for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield. Following his degree at Manchester University Phil taught RE for two years and then spent two years with VSO in Tanzania. He then moved to Brighton and did an MA in Renaissance English Literature at Sussex. He is married to Paula who teaches in a local school. They have three teenage children. He likes art, poetry and politics but tries to avoid gardening.

Phil can be contacted by phone: 07590514884 (mobile) and 01865 242396 (landline), or by email: He blogs at The Iron Church, and tweets at @eastoxfordvicar.

His postal address is: Fr. Phil Ritchie, 271 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 2AJ.




Revd Ben Williams
 is one of our Associate Priests. He presides and preaches at our various services, especially on Sundays. He is also a Hebrew scholar, and is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at King’s College, University of London.






Revd Sabina Alkire
(director of Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative) is one of our Associate Priests. She assists regularly with Sunday worship and lives locally.







Revd Susannah Reide
 is one of our Associate Priests. After a varied career including the National Audit Office, Abbey Guide for the Iona Community and working as a Placement Adviser for Voluntary Service Overseas, Susannah was ordained in 2004. She is married and lives with 3 children and a tortoiseshell cat. She likes dancing, singing and speaking different languages.







The Reverend Graeme Napier is one of our Associate Priests. Fr Graeme is a graduate of Magdalen College and St Stephen’s House, and has served in cathedrals in Scotland and Australia, a parish in inner-city Sydney, and at Westminster Abbey. He has recently completed a year’s post-graduate work at Nashotah House, Wisconsin, followed by archival research at General Theological Seminary, New York.




The Reverend Canon Robert Wright LVO, one of our Associate Priests, has returned to the Diocese of Oxford – where he was trained (at St Stephen’s House), ordained, and served as Vicar (and Rural Dean) of Wantage – from a distinguished career in Portsmouth Diocese and at Westminster Abbey. Fr Robert served as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, as a Canon of Westminster, and was Sub-Dean (and for a time Acting Dean) of Westminster Abbey before returning to Oxford in 2010. He is a canon emeritus of Westminster Abbey and an honorary canon of Portsmouth Cathedral.







Janet Proudman (LLM), a retired Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, preaches and assists regularly with Sunday and weekday ministry in the parish. She holds the post of Honorary Chaplain at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust, working mainly in the John Radcliffe, the Churchill and the Children’s Hospitals. She is a regular Day Chaplain at Christ Church Cathedral. Janet was the Lay Rector of Oxford Diocesan Cursillo Weekend #14 in May 2014. She is a member of the Oxford Diocesan Synod and its Board of Mission.




Petronella Spivey
 is one of our Licensed Lay Ministers. She preaches and assists regularly with Sunday ministry in the parish. She is also the main link between school governors and PCC. Alongside all this she works for the Diocese of Oxford.







Rosy Hancock
is a long standing member of the congregation, an enthusiastic participant in the choir at Mary and John and a devoted churchwarden.








Zoe Randall is one of our churchwardens as well as the sacristan at St Alban’s and PCC secretary. In her professional life she is one of the administrators at St Mary and St John School.






Verona Harris is a long-standing member of the parish and acts as sacristan at St Mary and John.




Sarah Gill is our friendly cleaner, who keeps our churches and halls in good order. She loves reading fiction, walking and animals.









Alan Baker is our parish administrator, dealing with hall bookings, finances and various other essential things. He collects stamps and postcards, drinks a lot of tea, and enjoys soup with Bovril.








Daniel Emlyn-Jones is the editor of our Cowley St John Parish Magazine. He is a Buddhist who loves the inclusive and friendly culture at Cowley St. John, and currently works as a private teacher in Oxford.







Hilary Davan Wetton
is the Director of music at St Mary and St John and he ensures a high standard of congregational, choir, and keyboard music. He is well supported by Cynthia Hall FRCO.








Susanna Gimson co-ordinates the music at St Alban’s, and has recently dedicated herself to the task of learning to play the organ.