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 450128 (landline), or by email: He tweets at @EastOxfordVicar.

His postal address is: Fr. Phil Ritchie, The Vicarage, Redwood House, 276a Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 21UR.

Revd Claire Browes is our Curate. She trained for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Claire grew up in Colchester before moving to Oxford to study Biology. Before training for ordination Claire spent three years working as a ministerial assistant at St Mary the Virgin, Oxford.

Claire can be contacted by email:

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.

Petronella Spivey is a lay Worship Leader. She preaches and assists regularly with Sunday ministry in the parish.

Peter McCullough is the churchwarden for St Mary and St John Church

Chloe Robinson is churchwarden for St Alban’s Church.

David Gimson is a training to be a priest, he will continue his ministry in the parish after ordination.

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

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

Lawrence Tao and Alex Tester are joint Directors of Music at St Mary & St John, with overall responsibility for the musical life of the parish.

Susanna Gimson co-ordinates the music at St Albans.

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