Rob Phillips has been appointed to be our next Rector and we look forward to him taking up this new role in September.
Rob moved to us from London where he was studying and working at a city-centre church. Before church work, he did four years in a “proper” job as a financial regulator in the City/Canary Wharf. Becoming a Christian in his early twenties, from a position of scepticism, Rob enjoys considering how Christianity relates to those who doubt its claims. He is married to Claire and they have three “lively” toddlers. He cannot shake off his love for electronic music and enjoys attempting to play football.
Caroline is a Curate who specialises in Women and Children's ministry. Originally an Oncology nurse, she took a year out to work as a Ministry Trainee over 30 years ago and loved it so much she stayed! She trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. She has a passion to see women and children faithfully taught the Bible and to live for Christ as their Lord & Saviour. Her ideal day off is a walk and pub lunch with friends.
Janet is married to Keith. They have two grown up daughters who are both married and have given them grandchildren. Janet worked in the hospitality industry before she had her family. This is where she learnt the skills to organise events which provide good food and a warm welcome. The 'Good News' presented in the Bible is of a God who invites us into His family, so it is both the Gospel and her professional background which motivate and equip her to welcome visitors and enquirers at St Mary's. Janet works part time and term time only.
Technical Support Specialist
Having spent three years as a Ministry Trainee, Tim now works one day a week on everything techie at St Mary's. The rest of the week he works for a small local telecommunications company. In his spare time Tim enjoys climbing up, and camping on, mountains regardless of the weather, and is also a keen photographer. He is continuing to help lead our 14–18s youth work. Tim is always willing to try and fix a broken gadget, but can’t guarantee it will come back in one piece!
Fiona has worked in the Church Office since 2009. She works Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and job shares with Hannah who works Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. She has attended St Mary's since 2005 and has three daughters, Suzi, Adele and Cara, who have all now moved away from Basingstoke. On her days off Fiona trains School Governors in Hampshire and Bracknell, and at weekends helps with the young people's groups, Unite, which she really enjoys.
Hannah works in the office on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and job shares with Fiona who works on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hannah grew up in Basingstoke attending St Mary’s with her parents, brother and sister, and after 4 years living and studying in Bristol, returned home to Hampshire. Hannah is married to Hayden who is a dairy farmer and she loves life on the farm! Her hobbies include cooking and singing and she loves nothing more than being on stage.
Music Ministry Trainee
Joseph or Joe has always had a heart for music and sung worship in church. After studying Music Composition at the University of Chichester he became a Music Leader for a church in Dorset and has served in various Christian music capacities since then such as Christian Unions and sung worship events. Joe aims to learn more about music ministry and practical serving in this new role. He enjoys watching films and trains but his main hobby is his car! He loves looking after it and going for long recreational drives. He is also the proud Company Director of the increasingly popular, all the rage, trendsetting film franchise: JOka Films.