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, The Vicarage, Redwood House, 276a Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 21UR.



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 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.







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.






Leah Wright is our churchwarden for St Mary and St John Church, where she worshipped in 1970/71 when she and Robert were students and living in Marston Street!

Over the following 40 years Leah was much involved in Youth and Community Work both within the church and in Local Government. She served on Diocesan Committees in the Oxford and Portsmouth Dioceses and was delighted to be part of the SpiritualityTeam at L’Arche Lambeth and involved with spirituality workshops and retreats during the years when she was living in Westminster. During that time she trained as an Alexander Technique Teacher and practises in Headington and in Witney.
In 2016 she and Robert moved back to Oxford and were thrilled to find themselves at home again at CSJ.

Beth Edwards is the churchwarden for St Alban’s Church: “Hello. This is me. I have lived in East Oxford for the last 25 yrs. Retired social worker. Love people, love silence and that prayer happens everywhere,whenever a heart opens to God.”









IMG_1754_nsRosy Hancock is a long standing member of the congregation, an enthusiastic participant in the choir at Mary and John.








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






Sarah Gill keeps our churches and halls sparkling clean and in good order. She loves reading fiction, walking and animals.







Bartosz Thiede is our Director of Music






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