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 teenage son, who will imminently flee the nest.
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 has had the enormous pleasure of seeing many people trust in Christ and grow in their faith during this time. He still enjoys reading History and Politics books (for fun!), and finds a curious satisfaction in writing books, 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. 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 and they have two little boys, Alfie and Archie, and a dog named Milo. Free time is spent trying to ensure the boys and the dog are sufficiently tired by the end of each day.
Sam grew up in South-West London, and looks back with huge thankfulness for his early years at Dundonald Church, where his parents and numerous patient Sunday School volunteers kept banging on about how Jesus died on the cross for his sins. That reality became increasingly precious to him over his teenage years, realising his own sin and own need for God’s mercy.
Being perennially unable to decide what to do with his life, he studied French, Maths, Italian and Music as an undergrad in Durham, but mostly spent his time rowing, developing a taste for Belgian beer and meeting his wife Katherine, with whom he shares four kids - Nathan, Ella, Toby and Jude. He started working for a church after uni, and planted Roehampton Student Church alongside an MA in Audiovisual Translation. He still doesn’t know what to do with his life, but loves pointing students to Jesus, and is excited to keep doing that as Student Minister at CCM.
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 from chasing after his children, he enjoys reading, and playing sport.
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 thankful for their two children Abigail and Elijah.
Milly grew up going to church but drifted away during her teens. She was challenged by Christian friends at university to look again at the claims of Jesus Christ and accepted, with great thanks, the gift of forgiveness and new life through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Milly has had the privilege of being at CCM since it began in 2001. She has seen how God has been at work at CCM since then, not least in bringing her husband Marc to know Him in 2003, shortly before they met for the first time! They have 3 children - Lucy, Guy and Abigail. Milly worked as a lawyer, then a legal recruiter. While bringing up their family, she has led bible studies and helped for five years with the church finances. Apart from enjoying family time, she loves to spend time with friends.
Roxana grew up in a Christian family and she is very grateful to her parents for modelling faith and for teaching her to trust Jesus. She is also very thankful for God’s saving grace and for the way in which He has worked in her life!
Roxana joined the CCM staff team in August 2023 and prior to that she served as a member of the senior leadership team of CARE, a Christian UK charity. Roxana moved to London in 2018 and before embarking on her UK adventure she spent a couple of years working in Brussels, Belgium. She is originally from Romania where she studied journalism and organisational health psychology and she believes she is an international at heart, given that at the moment she is also doing an MA at Wheaton College, USA.
In her free time Roxana enjoys long walks, reading, being in nature and having deep conversations about faith and life.
Phil is eternally grateful for the extraordinary grace and mercy the Lord has shown him throughout his life, particularly being raised in a Christian home by parents who faithfully taught him the good news about Jesus. He continues to be thankful for all the people who keep pointing him to the hope that can only be found in knowing Christ.
Before joining the staff team to train in full-time ministry, Phil was a professional guitarist, touring and recording with a range of artists, lecturing in performance, technique and theory, and writing a regular column for an industry publication. As thankful as he is for the gift of music and the opportunities the Lord gave him, none of these come close to the joy Phil has found in teaching others about the riches of God’s grace and mercy.
Alizée is thankful to have grown up in a Christian home with parents who pointed her to the Lord. She is particularly grateful for her Godmother who faithfully - and patiently - taught her about Christ's love for her. She moved to London to study Literature, then to Australia to study at the University of Melbourne for a year. Alizée came to CCM in spring 2021, joining the staff team six months later and meeting her husband Munzer along the way. Alizée has an active social life but she prefers baths, books and bed more than anything else.