Our Staff

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

Core Leadership Team

Paul Langham   Chris Brown
Rev Paul Langham    
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)       Youth and Young Adults' Pastor
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 Parsons    
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 teenage 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

Neil   Erica
Rev Neil Shepherd   Rev Erica Bebb
Curate   Pastor for the Arts (Self-Supporting)
Neil is currently on secondment at St. Augustines Whitchurch   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 Neil   Contact Erica
Ruthy   Jackie
Rev Ruthy Lillington   Jackie Langham
Children's Pastor (P/T)   Newcomers and Welcome (Self-Supporting)
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.   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 Ruthy   Contact Jackie
Elliot   Sophie
Elliot Mocharrafie   Sophie Mocharrafie
Youth Pastor (Job Share)    Youth Pastor (Job Share) - currently on Maternity Leave
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
Rhean   Nick
Rhean Fox     Nick Carter
Pastor for Older People  (P/T)   Administration Team Leader
Rhean is married to Kevin and they have three grown up children.  In addition to her role at Christ Church, Rhean works part time for Christian Aid.  Previously Rhean worked for Thornbury Baptist Church as a Pastoral Worker for many years.  In her spare time Rhean enjoys spending time with her family and friends and particularly enjoys long walks with their dog in the New Forest.
  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 Rhean   Contact Nick
Helena   Olivia
Helena Whitwell       Olivia Baker
PA to Paul Langham (Vicar)   Office Administrator (P/T)
Helena is married to Chris and joined Christ Church in 2012. She has been on staff as both a Youth Pastor and Administrator, and now as a third role as Paul's PA. Helena loves spending time on the beautiful beaches of Pembrokeshire with her family, and enjoys being creative- she is currently trying to learn to sew!   Awaiting biography...
Contact Helena   Contact Olivia
Lisette   Sophie
Lisette Ogborn   Sophie Brown
Administrator (Self-Supporting)   Assistant Ministry Leader (Self-Supporting)
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.   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 Lisette   Contact Sophie
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Tabi Wallinton   Kamran Zahid
Youth Pastor (Maternity Cover for Sophie)   Verger (P/T)
Awaiting biography   Awaiting biography
Contact Tabi   Contact Kamran
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Tom Buckler    
Awaiting biography    
Contact Tom    

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