Who’s Who at St Michael’s

St Michael’s is a church where we all have a part to play

So really everyone should be listed here. Every part of the body is as vital as every other. We aim to discover and develop our individual gifts and abilities, and put them to the best possible use together through discipleship, outreach and serving the community.

These are the people that enable us all to play our part…

Simon Jones – Rector

I love leading at St Michael’s. I love to be in a Church that welcomes new people, that helps each other to follow Jesus more closely, and that serves the local community. That’s my passion and our vision as a Church. Come and be a part of it!

Please contact Simon at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.

Tom Benyon – Associate Vicar

I joined the leadership team at St Michael’s in June 2019. I am drawn to the pastoral and teaching aspects of church life. I am particularly passionate about helping people grow in their relationship with God and deepen their prayer lives. As a creative type, I love seeing the visual and performing arts used in church. I’m also a keen storyteller.

Please contact Tom at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.


Julie Bradley – Associate Minister

I love the people side of church and community. I enjoy the opportunity to connect with some of the youngest (through my involvement with the Pre-School & Nursery) and the oldest (through the church services we offer at Osbourne Court Residential Care Home). But I love every age in-between as well, working together with a great many others to try and provide pastoral ministry (welcome-connection-care-prayer) to people in every season of life.

Please contact Julie at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486


Karen Needham – Children’s Minister

I love working with children. Our aim in the children’s work is to have fun together while learning about Jesus. It is great to be part of a church which sees children as worshipping members of the church. We have a fabulous team who work hard with the children to ensure that our love and relationship with God is growing. We are blessed to have strong links with St Michael’s School which we visit each week leading assemblies and teaching some RE to groups of children, as well as having the joy of celebrating Christian festivals with different year groups at church.

Please contact Karen at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486

Ian Taylor – Director of Operations

I joined the senior leadership team at St Michael’s in January 2017.  I was immediately struck by the positive approach to the future, and the ambitious nature of all who I met in the church.  My particular role in the team is to make sure the foundations are there for strong and sustainable growth and be a point of contact to help knit together the various functions and ministries in the church allowing the clergy to stay sharp for their particular areas of ministry.  Thankfully I am supported in that task by a great team!

Please contact Ian at the church office 0117 969 2486



Mike Watkivs – Church Warden


Ian Osborne – Church Warden

Murray Hepburn – Licensed Lay Minister

My wife, Annie, and I have been part of the church here for about 25 years and both our daughters have grown up as part of the church family.  As a lay minister I assist the clergy team by leading services and by preaching from time to time.  Annie and I lead one of the church life groups and I am also a member of the church council.

Please contact  Murray via the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.

Richard Willerton – Licensed Lay Minister

I joined St Michael’s in 2002, and work as an NHS manager, based at Frenchay Hospital. I trained as a Licensed Lay Minister (aka ‘Reader’) in Coventry in the mid-90s. I lead one of the worship teams, and help out on the sound desk. I own too many guitars. Beyond Stoke Gifford, I am Deanery Lay Chair and a member of the Diocesan Synod.

Julie Hobbs – Licensed Lay Minister

I love being part of a Church that has diversity in worship styles, reflecting the rich tapestry that is the Church of England. It is a real joy for me to be able to serve our Lord in this place, especially having the opportunity to be with others and to support them through life’s difficulties whatever they may be. I love also being part of a church family where people do encourage each other as they grow in faith. It is a privilege, as an LLM, to be a part of this aspect of Church by preaching and leading services and engaging in other forms of teaching and training.


John Spens – Licensed Lay Minister

Poppy and I moved to Bristol in 2017 and we settled in so quickly thanks to the very warm welcome we received from everyone St Michael’s.  We love worshipping here.  Such a good spread of ages at the services from the youngest to the oldest.  Plus great teaching and worship. After a few months of finding our feet in a new church, we soon found various areas of church life where we can play an active part.

Laura Thomas – Church Administration and Communications

I’ve been worshipping at St Michael’s since 2010, and really enjoy being part of everything that goes on here. I am here for all things admin!  In my spare time I love singing, live music and theatre.

Please contact Laura at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.

Rob Farrell – Treasurer

As Treasurer, I love working with the wider finance team to keep the church’s finances (budgets and actuals) under regular review.  I also love the great community feel at St Michaels which has a strong welcome for everyone.   I live in the local parish with my wife and twin boys and try to go sailing as often as I can.

Alison Volkmer – Financial Controller

I  moved to Stoke Gifford with my husband Michael in 2005. Our son James joined St Michael’s preschool in 2010 and we have been involved with St. Michael’s Church ever since. We really enjoy being part of the community here.

Please contact  Alison via the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.

Caroline Murphy – Personal Assistant to the Area Dean and Events Support

I have been worshipping at St Michael’s since I moved here in 2006. As PA to the Area Dean, I’m involved in liaising with clergy and lay ministers across Kingswood and South Gloucestershire, organising meetings and events. I’m delighted to be working in this role and look forward to meeting new people within St Michael’s and the Deanery. I’m a big sports fan and love to dance, read, eat out and travel in my spare time.

Please contact Caroline at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.

Andy Mead – Events Manager

My family and I came to St Michael’s in September 2016 and I loved it so much I ended up working here! I am part of the team that hire out our wonderful facilities and look after the clients during their time with us. I really enjoy working closely with people from our local community and feel blessed to be in a position to be able to do this.

Please contact Andy via the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.



Chris Smith- Buildings, Facilities and Technical Services Manager

Please contact Chris at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.

Ann Cooke – Coffee Shop Manager

I have been worshipping with my family at St Michael’s since 1993, and have been in involved in many areas of church life since then, including playgroup and Alpha.  I became the Coffee Shop manager in January 2012, having volunteered since it opened in 2004.  I enjoy working with the volunteers and serving the community.

Please contact Ann during office hours. Telephone 0117 969 2486.


Vicky Wicks – Ordinand

I am married to Rob and we found a home in St Michael’s in 1996.  We have two boys and I love that they feel this is their church just as much as we do.  My passion is for people to meet Jesus and to find a place to belong.  Over the years my work for the church seems to have mostly involved food… I am currently training at Trinity College.

Tracy and Vijay Jassal – Life-group coordinators

Vijay and Tracy organise the numerous Life Groups at St Michael’s. Everyone is invited to be a member of a life group – to meet regularly with other church friends for conversation, prayer, Bible study and to serve the community together.  More information here.

Please contact us at the church office.

Olly and Tamara McGregor – Musical worship coordinators

We have been part of the St Michaels family since 2009 and, along with our daughters Chloe and Abby, love worshipping here. Our passion is to see people of all ages encounter God through musical worship, from the singing of traditional hymns through to jumping around to funky action songs about burgers or sheep! We are always on the lookout for people who would like to get involved within the musical life of the church.

If you are interested, please  contact us at the church office.

Megan Clews – Associate Youth Minister

I moved to Bristol in 2015 to study at Bristol University and joined St Michaels in 2018 as part of the Youth team. My main focus is outreach, which involves connecting with young people through mentoring at Abbeywood Community School and hosting our weekly Youth Club at the church.  I love helping to create a community where young people can belong, feel valued and grow in knowledge of God’s love for them. Alongside working at St Michael’s, I am studying for a Theology MA.

Please contact Megan via the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.

Ewen Greenlees – Associate Youth Minister

I joined the Youth Ministry team here at St. Michaels Sept 2018. Alongside serving here at the church I am studying Applied Theology with South West Youth Ministries (SWYM). I love introducing young people to what a life alongside Jesus can look like and seeing young people embrace all that God is and all that He has planned for there lives. I also love Pizza.

Please contact Ewen via the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.

Janice Stace – Children’s Ministry Assistant

I first came to St Michael’s in 1992 and became a Sunday Club leader within a fortnight. Having recently given up work, I now help Karen with the varied and extensive children’s ministry. I love being able to talk to the children about God’s love for us and St Michael’s provides many opportunities to do this.