Our Staff

Please find below an introduction to our clergy and staff team.

 
Paul Langham   No Photo icon
Rev Paul Langham   Rev Neil Shepherd
Vicar   Curate
Paul Langham has been vicar of Christ Church since 2010, before which he served as vicar of three churches in Bath and as a University chaplain in Cambridge. He and Jackie have four grown-up children. He plays tennis, loves photography and supports Arsenal F.C   Awaiting biography
Contact Paul   Contact Neil
     
Roberto   Susanne
Roberto Elvira      Susanne Elvira
Senior Lay Pastor (Job Share)    Senior Lay Pastor (Job Share)
In a former life, before theological training, Roberto worked as a design engineer.  Together with Susanne they have worked with students and as pastors in churches in Spain and England for 26 years.  They have three adult children and love travelling, cinema, music, gastronomy and sunshine.   Susanne worked in the City as Bilingual PA before going for theological training.  Together with Roberto they have worked with students and as pastors in churches in Spain and England for 26 years.  They have three adult children and love travelling, cinema, music, gastronomy and sunshine.
Contact Roberto   Contact Susanne
     
Janet   Erica
Rev Janet Lee   Rev Erica Bebb
Assistant Minister (Self-Supporting)       Pastor for the Arts (Self-Supporting)
Janet has been at Christ Church for nearly 40 years. She is an OLM Ordained Local Minister so will always serve at Christ Church. She is married to Rob and has three grown up sons. Janet is passionate about global mission, prayer, people and the persecuted church and enjoys knitting!   Before joining us in September 2013 Erica was Curate at St Edyth’s in Sea Mills. She has a background in the performing arts. As well as regular clergy duties Erica is sharing her time between Christ Church and the Diocese encouraging and enabling churches as a Pastor for artistic and creative individuals. She is married to Richard and they have three daughters, a step granddaughter and a grandson. 
 
Contact Janet   Contact Erica
     
Jill   Mark
Rev Jill Garfitt   Mark Parsons
Curate (Self-Supporting)     Operations Manager
Jill’s heart and passion is to see people, teams, leaders and organisations released to be who God made them to be.  She has done this through being a Headteacher, Leadership Consultant and Director of People Strategy in a corporate environment, Director of her own business and an executive leader of a global Christian charity serving the persecuted church. She is married to Barry and they have three sons and one grandson.   Prior to joining Christ Church in 2013 Mark worked for two churches in London, studied at London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and worked as an engineering manager for BT.  Mark is married to Sharon and has two children.  He has a Degree in Engineering and is a geek at heart, although won’t admit it and loves technology and music (especially U2).
Contact Jill   Contact Mark
     
Ruthy   Chris
Rev Ruthy Lillington   Chris Whitwell    
Children's Pastor (P/T)   Youth and Young Adults' Pastor
Before coming to Christ Church, Ruthy lived in Canada for 12 years. She is married to Pete and they have four children (18,15,13, and 9) who are educated at home. Ruthy enjoys music, art and reading, and (if it’s not too wet) spending time in the great outdoors with her family.   Chris grew up in Bristol and as a teenager was involved with the Youth work at Christ Church. He then studied Sports Science in Canterbury and began working as a Youth Minister. During this time, he met and married Helena. They have two daughters, Jessica and Raphaela. Chris loves DVD box sets, taking photos, eating great food (especially good burgers) and American football but shhh, don't tell anyone...
Contact Ruthy   Contact Chris
     
Nelly   Nick
Nelly Davis      Nick Carter
Seniors' Pastor (P/T)   Administration Team Leader
Nelly was born in the Netherlands but came to England in the mid seventies. She has been at Christ Church for 35 years. She is married to Chris, they have 2 grown up children.  Nelly has been the Seniors' Minister for the last 8 years. She loves gardening, going for walks, going to museums and visiting architectural gems.   Nick is from New Zealand but has lived in the UK since July 2015.  He joined the staff in June 2016 to head up the work of the church office, oversee the office staff and volunteers, and manage the church diary, events and communications.  Nick is married to Jo and they are both involved in the young adults work at Christ Church.
Contact Nelly   Contact Nick
     
Helena   Lisette
Helena Whitwell       Lisette Ogborn
Office Administrator   Administrator (Self-Supporting)
Helena is married to Chris and joined Christ Church in 2012 when she was a staff member on the Emerging Generation Team. Since returning to work after having her second daughter, Helena has been a Church Administrator, and recently joined the Christ Church office team. Helena loves dance, craft and photography, and when the sun shines, spending time on the beautiful beaches of Pembrokeshire with her family.   Lisette has been helping in the office at Christ Church for the last couple of years, before which she was living overseas. She currently takes care of the administration for the midweek gathering. Lisette is married with three grown up children. In her spare time she enjoys motorsport.
 
Contact Helena   Contact Lisette
     
Jackie    
Jackie Langham        
Newcomers and Welcome (Self-Supporting)    
Jackie has been at Christ Church for 6 years and is married to Paul.  They have 4 grown up children.  She is passionate about Welcome and Newcomers and hosts regular newcomer events. She loves engaging with the local community through helping in toddlers.  She loves family, walking by the sea and, since joining a book club, reading!    
Contact Jackie    
     

Our Interns for 2016-2017

     
Sophie   Morag
Sophie Brown
 
Morag Gillespie
     
Michael   Toby
Michael Sharp
 
Toby Simpson
     
 

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