Our Staff

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

Leadership Team

Paul Langham   Chris Brown
Rev Paul Langham   Rev Chris Brown
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 Chris
Janet   Chris
Rev Janet Lee   Chris Whitwell   
Assistant Minister (Self-Supporting)       Discipleship Lead
Janet has been at Christ Church for over 44 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!   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 Janet   Contact Chris
Mark   Helena
Mark Parsons   Helena Whitwell
Operations Manager    
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 Mark    

The wider team

Erica   Jackie
Rev Erica Bebb   Jackie Langham
Pastor for the Arts (Self-Supporting)   Newcomers and Welcome (Self-Supporting)
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.    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 Erica   Contact Jackie
Ruthy   Nick
Rev Ruthy Lillington   Nick Carter
Children's Pastor (P/T)   Administration Team Leader
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.   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 have a daughter, Elizabeth. They are both involved in the young adults work at Christ Church.
Contact Ruthy   Contact Nick
Elliot   Sophie
Elliot Mocharrafie   Sophie Mocharrafie
Youth Pastor (Job Share)    Youth Pastor (Job Share)
Elliot grew up in Chesham, Buckinghamshire but has been in Bristol since 2008. Originally, he came to Bristol to study a degree in Physiology and a Research Masters in Neuroscience. God had different plans for him though and he worked for the charity and Church LoveBristol in Stokes Croft for 5 years. During this time, he also studied a Graduate Diploma in Theology Ministry and Mission at Trinity College and he got married to Sophie in November 2014. He enjoys outdoor activities like walking running and cycling whilst being in nature.   Sophie grew up in Chesham, Buckinghamshire but has been in Bristol since 2014. Before coming to Bristol, Sophie studied Theology and Music at the London School of Theology and then went on to complete an MA in Christianity and The Arts at King's College London. Sophie and Elliot got married in 2014, and previous to joining to Christ Church, they worked with LoveBristol Church and Charity in Stokes Croft. They also led a community house of 11 people in St. Pauls. In her spare time Sophie enjoys being in nature, creativity, music and good food.
Contact Elliot   Contact Sophie
Olivia   Lisette
Olivia Baker   Lisette Ogborn
Office Administrator (P/T)
Communications Manager (P/T)
  Administrator (Self-Supporting)
Awaiting biography...   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 Olivia   Contact Lisette
Kamran   Sophie
Kamran Zahid   Sophie Brown
Verger (P/T)
Welcome & Hospitality Leader (Self-Supporting)
  Assistant Ministry Leader (Self-Supporting)
Awaiting biography   Sophie grew up on Dartmoor and came to Bristol for University in 2012 where she studied Music and German. She started attending Christ Church in 2015 and, after graduating, joined the staff team to do a church internship. Alongside her current role of Assistant Ministry Leader, Sophie is a music teacher. She loves many things musical, outdoors and Austrian!
Contact Kamran   Contact Sophie
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Emelye Chanot        
Schools Community Worker (Self-Supporting)           
Awaiting biography    
Contact Emelye    

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