Originally from South East London, Amelia studied violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance followed by the Royal Northern College of Music, before working as a freelance musician. She joined our team as Music Ministry Trainee in 2020 and loves Jesus! In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking (and eating) food and listening to 80s pop.
Deputy House Cafe Manager and Site Manager (p/t)
As Deputy House Cafe Manager, Elia brings an Italian flavour to our Church catering events. With a background in event catering and cafe management, he is no stranger to laying on a spread. He has been a member of Christ Church for over 10 years and is married to Joelle. They have two children Sofia & Elisa.
Elia loves to tell others about the saving grace of Jesus and enjoys serving his church family in these capacities.
House Cafe Manager (p/t)
Beccy joined Christ Church in 1993 and is married to Mark. They have four children Martha, Rosie, Annie and Wilf. Originally working as a midwife in Bath and London, Beccy is passionate about managing her team of volunteers to create the warm welcome and spiritual hub of our community cafe, The House.
After Jesus, knitting, reading and cooking are high on Beccy's list of priorities.
Communications Officer (p/t)
Celeste is married to Tim and they have two girls who both attended Trent School and enjoy the Youth and Children's work here at Cockfosters. Celeste was invited by a friend to attend the Youth Houseparty when she was 13 and has been worshipping at Christ Church ever since, after becoming a Christian at 14. More recently, Celeste has served on the leadership team as Church Warden and is now delighted to be serving in this capacity alongside Vava on the staff team. With a professional background in HR, Celeste is well versed in administration and communication and brings these skills to the role of Communications Officer.
David proudly hails from Bangor, Northern Ireland and before joining the staff at Christ Church Cockfosters, studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and worked freelance in Manchester. David is also Associate Music Director of New Irish Arts, a Christian arts organisation based in Belfast, which keeps him busy when he's not working for Christ Church. He plays piano, conducts, arranges and orchestrates but also enjoys walking, running and driving in the countryside - the more dramatic the scenery the better!
Pastoral Associate (p/t)
Karen will be joining the staff team 2 days per week from January 2021. Karen has extensive training both in Public Health and Biblical Counselling and alongside her time here she will be taking a Masters course in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Her role on staff will be to equip us as a church family to better support families where mental health is a particular challenge.
Associate Vicar - Small groups & Evangelism
James joined Christ Church in September 2016 as Associate Vicar, moving from Ongar in Essex where he completed his curacy. He trained for ordination at Oak Hill College so has returned to North London, although he is originally from Sydney, Australia, where he met his wife Tash. James and Tash returned to the UK in 2008 and have two young children. James loves Jesus, football and cricket (he is currently one of the lead wicket-takers of the London Diocesan Cricket team!) James is passionate about making disciple-making disciples of Jesus.
Pastoral Associate (p/t)
For the past few years Janice has spent her time completing the Foundations of Biblical Counselling programme with the Christian Counselling and Education Foundation. She has also served on the pastoral team and in outreach and discipleship courses. She has been a member of Christ Church for 19 years and joined the staff team in 2018. She is married to Richard and they have two children.
Youth Minister p/t
In January 2021 Jonathon will be joining the staff team as our Youth Minister. He brings with him his wife, Sarah, and their two children, Rosie and Zac. Jonathon will be studying part-time at Oak Hill Theological College so he will divide his time between those studies and leading our youth ministry for 11-18 year olds. His main focus will be training, equipping and growing our team of youth leaders, supporting parents as they seek to disciple their children and seeking to reach out to the youth in the community with the good news of Jesus.
Associate Vicar - Seniors, Young Adults and Social Justice Ministries
Jon joined Christ Church in July 2017 after training for ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. Before that he worked as a Retail Manager for Marks and Spencer and then at a charity in East London helping disadvantaged young people secure employment. He enjoys catching up with family and friends, reading, running and playing niche ‘sports’ like snooker and croquet. Jon oversees our 20s and 30s ministry, our seniors work, and coordinates our social action ministries.
Jon is married to Ruth and they have three children, Josh, Noah & Esther. Before moving to Cockfosters in 2018, they lived in Cambridge where Jon had been on staff at Christ Church Cambridge. Jon trained for ordination at Oak Hill College and prior to that worked as a medical device engineer in Cambridge. He still loves making (and breaking) things and often has a DIY project on the go. He also loves travelling and enjoys playing almost any sport – especially tennis and cricket.
Robert began attending Christ Church in 2019 and joined the staff team during the lockdown. He became a Christian after studying the Bible for himself, beginning at the age of thirteen. He is passionate about Biblical truth, encouraging Christian brothers and sisters to grow in their faith and in reaching unbelievers with the Gospel. Born in London but raised in Glasgow and Inverness, Robert has mysteriously acquired an accent that sounds suspiciously American!
Children and Families' Minister
Tom is married to Roo and they have a little boy, Moses. Tom trained and worked as a Speech and Language Therapist before moving into full-time church work. He worked as a Youth Worker at a church in Hertfordshire before taking up this role at Christ Church. He likes playing various different sports and relaxing with friends and family. Since marrying Roo, however, he seems to have found himself spending a lot more time enjoying countryside walks and period dramas!
Vava is a North Londoner, married to Elena, with two daughters. Originally working as an audio engineer, he completed an MBA going on to manage various businesses including his own as a partner. Before joining CCC, he was an Operations Director for a manufacturing company in Dunstable. Football injuries have led Vava to take up golf, currently not that successfully! He is a lifelong fan of Spurs and loves reading and barbecuing for friends and family. Vava started his journey as a Christian after attending a men’s breakfast at another church and loves being part of the CCC team that runs the same event here.
Matt is married to Jacs and they have three boys – Will, Ben and Josh. After a 25-year career as an analyst and investor in the oil and gas sector, Matt recently made a career shift and now heads up ESG research and investing at the investment firm where he is a partner. He is a keen cyclist, a passionate rugby supporter and a patient Spurs fan. Matt became a Christian in his mid-30s and has enjoyed a number of roles at Christ Church including Small Group leader, Treasurer, and Pathfinders leader and now Church Warden.
Nicki is married to David, and they have three grown up boys – Ben, Dan & Joel. Alongside teaching flute and theory in local schools, and singing whenever the opportunity arises, Nicki works with David for the Asaph Christian Trust, sharing the good news about Jesus through musical presentations and concerts. Nicki grew up in Sheffield, but has lived in North London, and been a member of Christ Church, for nearly 30 years. She loves a good chat, especially over coffee and cake in the House Café, and is delighted (if somewhat surprised!) to be serving God and her church family as Church Warden.