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.
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
Joel Preston – Youth Minister
I lead our work with 11-18s both in the church and in the community. My main passion is seeing teenagers meet with God and enabling others in the congregations to do the same. I came to St Michael’s after experiencing a really warm welcome on my first Sunday here, and I love the church’s focus on serving our community. I’m also part of a life group here and lead worship too.
Please contact Joel at the church office. 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
Alex Clare – Church Warden
I joined St Michael’s 1993 with my wife Carol and our two children. We integrated quickly into the church family and have made life-long friendships. I have led adult and teenage groups and love to see people grow in their faith. I am now looking forward to this new opportunity to serve in the warden’s role.
Ian Osborne – Church Warden
Murray Hepburn – Licensed Lay Minster
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 Minster
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 – Administrator
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
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 – Venue Hire
Please contact Andy via the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.
Dave Carey – Buildings Manager
I’ve been worshipping at St Michael’s for about 25 years. I’m responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the church building, the Old School Rooms, the Pre-School and Nursery, and now the new church centre, too.
Please contact Dave 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.
Kelly McCloskey – Pre-School and Nursery Manager
Kelly leads the wonderful of staff at the St Michael’s Pre-School and Nursery.
Please contact Kelly during office hours. Telephone 0117 923 6395.
Vicky Wicks – Alpha coordinator
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 responsible for all things Alpha and for helping us all think through our welcome strategies.
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. Telephone 0117 969 2486.
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. Telephone 0117 969 2486.
Tim Coates – Student & Young Adult Assistant
I’m currently training at Trinity College in Bristol. I’m on placement with St Michael’s and I have a real passion for people in all walks of life. This year I’ll be leading the student work and exploring new opportunities for us to reach young adults in our community.
Please contact Tim at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.
Catherine Paddock – Associate Youth Minister
I moved to Stoke Gifford in 2016, and have joined the youth team as a Youth Ministry Assistant. I’ve been involved in youth work for about 5 years, and have spent the 2 years prior to moving here, working for a schools-/youth-work charity in West Devon. As far as hobbies go, if you think that Mary Berry would enjoy it, I probably would too – think baking, knitting, reading and board games.
Tom Ranger – Associate Youth Minister
I am one third of the youth team here at St Michael’s and focus on the 15-18 year olds work. I have been a youth worker since I was 18 but also have experience in International Development. I am passionate about discipleship, social action, and local and global development. Avid coffee drinker, Liverpool fan, and outdoor enthusiast.
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.
Jack Bishop – St Michael’s Centre Caretaker
I have been at St Michael’s for most of my life. I’m involved in a few areas of Church life along with the youth work, such as sound and worship bands and I’m also the caretaker for the SMCC. I am passionate about prayer and helping people meet and engage with God.
Please contact Jack at the church office. Telephone 0117 969 2486.