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.
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 an Honorary Associate Priest of the parish. 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. Having served as an Associate Priest of the parish for two years, he is now Rector of St John’s in the Village, Manhattan, New York City. Fr Graeme will be in the Diocese in July this year (2018) assisting the Bishop of Oxford in the Pilgrimage to the Holy Well at Binsey on Thursday 19 July.
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!
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.”
Rosy 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.
Susanna Gimson co-ordinates the music at St Alban’s, and has recently dedicated herself to the task of learning to play the organ.