Christ Church Mayfair runs thanks to the service of many people but we are also fortunate to have a wonderful staff team.
Here are some words about each of them so that you can get an idea of the kind of people we are.
Matt became a Christian during his time at university through the faithful lifestyle and witness of some friends. He met his wife Ceri there, although it took 7 years before he finally ground her down and she agreed to marry him. They are very grateful to God for their son, Nathan.
Before training for ministry, Matt taught history and politics at secondary schools in Birmingham and London. He was on the staff of this church when it was planted in January 2001 and now gets nervous when he has to leave the city centre and venture into the countryside. He still enjoys reading History and Politics books (for fun!), but nothing gives him greater joy than seeing someone come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Phil grew up in a Christian home and is forever grateful to his parents for teaching him to trust in Jesus from an early age. However, it took him a very long time to learn that obeying God was the best and fullest way to live.
He started working life as a lawyer in the city and was part of the original team that planted CCM back in 2001. Having trained for ministry and then planted a church in Clapham he’s delighted to be back! Along the way he married his lovely wife Juliette. Free time is spent walking their dog Milo, enjoying London and trying to keep fit.
Scott grew up in a Christian home in Northern Ireland and at the age of 13 understood that Jesus had died for him. It wasn’t until he left school that he really read the Bible for himself and even longer before he grasped the wonder of God’s grace.
Since then Scott has had the privilege of sharing that grace with others, through time working for Christ Church Cambridge and then at Oak Hill College. Scott has grown to love London, through exploring it with his wife Sharon and is looking forward to showing his son Callum all it has to offer. He loves swimming in the sea, a good novel and any form of cake! Scott oversees our student ministry and midweek Home Groups.
Nick grew up in Cambridge city centre as the son of a local vicar. Around the age of 18, he began to realise that God’s love really is better than life itself. While studying at Loughborough University he got a taste for the joy of sharing Jesus with others. Upon leaving university he married Nicole (punching well above his weight), and together they have spent the last 10 years seeking to share Christ in different jobs in Oxford and Plymouth, followed by training for ministry at Oakhill College.
Nick loves playing Water Polo, watching Rugby, wrestling his sons (Luke and Judah), and pretending to know more about films than he does.
Sharon was brought up going to church, but it was only in her first year of work post-university that the Holy Spirit opened her eyes to see that being good wasn’t going to get her into heaven and that it was only possible through the death of the Lord Jesus, which was, and still is, a big relief and great joy.
After working in publishing for seven years, she found herself being administrator of the church where she put her faith in Jesus. She’s been on staff at CCM for a number of years helping with the practical side of church ministry. By God’s providence she met a visiting American called Tom at a morning service in 2015 and married him 16 months later. Sharon loves cooking, travelling and reading (and will recommend Dale Ralph Davies & JC Ryle to you if you stand still long enough).
Ali managed to navigate her way through school and university life totally unaware of the claims of Christ. It wasn’t until she was working for a firm of Chartered Surveyors (in the marketing department) that she was challenged by a colleague who talked about going to church and being a Christian. A few visits to a church in Wimbledon made her realise that Christians had something, and knew someone, she didn’t.
In God’s perfect timing, 5 days before she set off on a round-the-world trip she went to a church in Nottingham and experienced a life-changing event. As Psalm 51 was read she was convicted of her sin, then embraced by the love of God and overwhelmed by joy. She is thrilled to be back in London admin-ing for CCM and involved with Midweek in Mayfair. She loves spending time with her 3 post-school children, when they’re around!
Ben is thankful for His Christian family, who brought him up to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord from a young age. God has preserved in his memory a conversation with his mum when he was four years old, where he first trusted that Jesus can take our guilt away through His death on the cross.
Ben is thankful too for the youth leaders and pastors who have cared for him growing up, through studying music in London, and since joining the team at CCM in 2014. He and his wife, Sarah, are expecting their first child.
Ellie grew up in Tunbridge Wells and became a follower of Jesus as a teenager. She is thankful to God for the people who showed her that she could rest in Jesus’ finished work for her on the cross.
She spent three years visiting art galleries and South West sheep farms as part of her theology degree, and loved being part of a church family in Exeter. She returned to Kent to work as a secondary school teacher, and then completed a Bible handling training course whilst at her church. She loves cooking, watching films and visiting London’s amazing art galleries.
James was brought up going to church, and is thankful for the many people who taught him about the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. However, it was only at the age of 16 that he turned from trying to earn forgiveness of sins, to trusting that forgiveness can be freely given to him through Jesus.
Since then, James moved to London to study chemical engineering, and joined Christ Church Mayfair where he met his wife Sam. When he has a spare moment he enjoys reading, and playing sport.
University was a significant turning point in Liz’s life; although she’d grown up going to church it was through meeting the Christian Union at the Glasgow School of Art that she discovered the fullness of life Jesus brings. Liz graduated and moved to London, joining the Christ Church family in 2011. She left London a year later to experience life in the much more hectic city of Beijing.
On her return to the UK she spent five years working with university Christian Unions in southwest London, helping students to live and speak for Jesus. Liz joined the church staff team in 2016 and co-ordinates the women’s ministry, particularly amongst the evening congregation. Liz has been reliably informed she has a distinctive, but infectious, laugh.
Sarah cannot remember a time when she has not known the Lord Jesus as someone real and part of family life when growing up, but she does remember aged eight asking her mother if they could pray together to ask Him to be her own Saviour and Lord. A great encouragement and help in getting to know the Lord better was going to Christian holiday parties as a teenager where she was encouraged to learn to rely on God’s word and to see that living with Christ and for His glory is indeed a life with joy and purpose.
Since leaving university many years ago she has been a pastoral assistant in a university church, taught French, and married Charlie, a Maths teacher in a boarding school. They have three grown-up children (2 sons and a daughter). More recently she was working part-time in the Registrar’s office at her husband’s school. She loves her family, would love to have a lovely garden one day! and really enjoys meeting friends for coffee…