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.
Simon heads up the Core Leadership Team and Ministry Heads Team.
Tom Benyon – Associate Vicar
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.
Tom is part of the Core Leadership Team and Ministry Heads Team.
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
Julie is part of the Core Leadership Team and Ministry Heads Team.
Vicky Wicks – Curate
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 was ordained in October 2020 and am part of the Core Leadership Team.
Vicky is part of the Core Leadership Team and Ministry Heads Team.
Ellie Huggins – Curate
It is with great joy that I have joined the team as curate following my ordination in July 2022. Passionate about teaching and seeing people encounter the life-transforming presence of Jesus, I am excited for all that God has in store in the years to come and am looking forward to getting to know the family here at St Michael’s.
Ellie is part of the Core Leadership Team and Ministry Heads Team.
Mike Watkivs – Church Warden
I like being part of a church which has a wide range of services to cater for different ages and styles of worship. It is also important to me that we as a church are serving the community around us through activities such as the Coffee Shop, youth work, the Community Library, Over 65s lunch to name but a few. You may well see my wife Jane and I out and about on our tandem.
Mike is part of the Core Leadership Team and Ministry Heads Team.
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David Pilch – 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.
Richard Willerton – Licensed Lay Minister
As a Licenced Lay Minister, I enjoy being part of the team who lead and preach at Sunday services. I play guitar in a couple of the worship teams. In 2019, I took over as leader of one of the Life Groups. I am a member of the Bristol Diocesan Synod: if you have any questions about the wider Church of England, feel free to ask me.
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 love worshipping at St Michael’s. We moved to Bristol in 2017 and we settled in so quickly thanks to the very warm welcome we received from everyone St Michael’s. 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.
John is part of the Ministry Heads Team
Chris Perkins – Licensed Lay Minister
I was first licensed in 1998 originally to a large city centre church and then for a few years to a church in Barton Hill. Helen my wife and I enjoy the freedom in worship that there is at St Michaels, and the variety of worship styles that it encompasses from the traditional morning service to the contemporary celebrations. It is great to be part of a body of believers at many different ages and stages of their walk with Jesus. Our life adventure is to finish our walk with Jesus well and to encourage others to do the same.
Iain Nash – Children & Families’ Minister
I am passionate about journeying with children and families as they discover God for themselves by providing opportunities to meet with Jesus through friendship, conversation, encouragement and fun.
I moved back to my hometown of Bristol in 2022 with my wife, Lydia and my two young sons after 7 years living in Aylesbury. I went to school and worked in Stoke Gifford so I am very excited God has brought me back into this area, working at St. Mike’s.
Please contact Iain at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486
Iain is part of the Ministry Heads Team
Sam Clarke – Youth Minister
I love to see young people meet with God whether through worship, reading the Bible or through meeting together! St Mike’s holds a special place in my heart as it was the place I met and married my wife, Rachel. I’ve had four years away training with SWYM (South West Youth Ministries) at a church in Portishead and I am really excited to be back! I love nothing better than going on a walk with Rachel and my camera, capturing some of God’s awesome creation.
Please contact Sam at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486
Sam is part of the Ministry Heads Team
Laura Thomas – Church Administration and Communications Manager
I enjoy being part of making things happen here and love the diversity of what goes on, alongside the unity we have in Christ. I have a passion for singing, digital communications, and advocating for single people in church.
Please contact Laura at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.
Laura is part of the Core Leadership Team and Ministry Heads Team
Martin Roach – Treasurer
My wife Hazel & I moved to the area in 2018 and were warmly welcomed at St Michael’s on our first Sunday. We have since enjoyed being part of the church community and getting involved in various areas of church life and ministry. I count it a great privilege to serve the church in the Treasurer role, with a fabulous financial support team working alongside me!
Caroline Murphy – Personal Assistant and Events Support
I have been worshipping at St Michael’s since I moved here in 2006. As PA, I’m involved in liaising with clergy and lay ministers, organising meetings and events. 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.
Caroline is part of the Ministry Heads Team
Jackie Jones – Finance Manager
Athough I live and worship in Frampton Cotterell, I became involved with St Michaels when my brother and family joined a few year’s ago. When my brother started working as the Events Manager, I attended various events which had been organised. I started working here myself in June 2019 as Finance Assistant and took on the role of Finance Manager in October 2020. I love the Heart of the Community ethos and vision of the church and that all ages and backgrounds are welcomed here. I also love that I get to work with my brother!
Jackie is part of the Ministry Heads Team
Andy Mead – Director of Operations
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.
Andy is part of the Core Leadership Team and Ministry Heads Team
Chris Smith- Buildings, Facilities and Technical Services Manager
I began working for St Michaels in 2019, however, I have been looking after all things IT since I was a teenager. I am passionate about using technology to make our lives better and to further the work of the Church. Having watched our campus increase from a small village hall to the conference grade facility we now have, I am enjoying getting stuck in with ongoing maintenance and improvements to the buildings, whilst eagerly anticipating the opportunities for future expansion.
Please contact Chris at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.
Chris is part of the Ministry Heads Team
Jacob Clothier- Events and Administration Assistant
I love the sense of community here at St Michael’s. I have been a church member here for several years before I started working here through the New Wine Discipleship Year. I loved it so much after the year, I decided to carry on working here! I work with the events team to try and think of unique ways to bring the church into the community
Please contact Jacob 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.
Ann is part of the Ministry Heads Team
Rachel Rogers – Worship Pastor and Students & Young Adults Worker
I am always excited to see God moving in the lives of young people and young adults and it’s a privilege to be able to encourage them in their faith and help them feel welcome at Church! I also love worshipping God with music and singing, both in Church and on my own at home, and it’s a blessing to be able to serve in the worship team at St Michael’s. In my free time I enjoy baking, sewing and going for long walks.
Rachel is part of the Ministry Heads Team
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 Emma 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.
Miriam Fry – South West Youth Ministry Trainee
Rose Taylor – Parish Safeguarding Officer (Children)
Christine Rogers – Parish Safeguarding Officer (Adults at Risk)
Ordinands – studying at Trinity College and on placement with us
James Wragg Smith