Roots Down, Branches Out

Andy Chrich is our new vicar. He was ordained priest in the Diocese of Oxford in 1997, after which he worked in Gerrards Cross, in Cambridge as a university chaplain, and then in the Diocese of Bradford, before moving to Trumpington. He is also completing a Masters degree in Christian Leadership at St Mellitus College bringing a wealth of experience to Christ Church.

Tania Witter (Acting Vicar) has been a self-supporting minister at Christ Church since 1995. Before that, she and her husband, Nick, lived and worked for many years in Vienna, Austria. On returning to England, she was selected for ordination training, ordained deacon in 1995 and priest in 1996. Although she formally retired in 2003, she is still active in Christ Church Highbury, as well as doing occasional chaplaincies in Europe. Tania and Nick have three children and seven grandchildren, who are important parts of their lives. Her interests include travel, drama, dance, cooking and entertaining, listening to people and seeking to help them grow in their spiritual lives.

Liz Clutterbuck is our curate who joined Christ Church in July 2015, having trained for ordination at St Mellitus College in Kensington. In addition to Sunday services, her main areas of responsibility are: adult discipleship (including running the Pilgrim course) and overseeing the church’s work with children. Liz works for Christ Church on a part-time basis (usually Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and undertakes freelance church-based research projects in the rest of her time. Liz can be reached here

Polly Arthur has lived in Highbury and Islington for 19 years and became a reader at Christ Church in 2007. She works part time for the Stepney Training and Development Centre in providing pastoral care training for the Church of England and is also a volunteer at the St Mary Magdalene Refugee and Asylum Centre.
She worked for the BBC for 16 years, first as a Radio 4 producer and then for ten years as a TV producer. She is married to Adrian. She loves the sea, walking and cooking.

Paddy Marsh is a retired London solicitor and a reader at Christ Church. He is married to Ann and they have three grown up children. In his 40s he took a 5 year sabbatical from his law practice when he was appointed leader of the Christian community of about 35 lay men and women running Scargill House, a holiday conference centre in the Yorkshire Dales. Afterwards he returned to his law firm. Retiring from the law at 65, he then took a diploma in counselling at London University and has worked as a counsellor within the NHS and privately. He enjoys hill-walking, reading and watching rugby and cricket.

Juliette Soanes is our administrator and started working here in January 2015. She grew up in Bristol where she had a number of administration roles including the ministry of defence and mediation. She moved to London 11 years ago where she read Law at London Metropolitan University and BPP Law School. Jules is married to John and they worship at All Hallows by the Tower where she is a reader and sides-person. She enjoys reading, travelling, long walks and spending time with family and friends. Juliette can be reached here



Church Wardens

Michelle Paton has attended the Church for the last ten years and for four years has been on the PCC. Being part of the fellowship of Christ Church is extremely important to her, both for its community links and for the service of God. Initially she began by helping in a Junior Church Group and the Parish Youth group, which she continues to do. Michelle enjoys looking after the church grounds, doing the odd DIY jobs, leading a home group, helping on the Nightshelter, helping with Alpha Courses, cooking for new mums and many other small things.
She is married to Daren and has two children and by profession is a Registered General Nurse. She loves being outdoors and walking her dog.

Janet Gilbert is originally from Melbourne, and after studying and working in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and London, she has been living in Highbury for over twenty years. She has recently become one of our church wardens. Janet has taught in Sunday School or youth groups since she was a teenager herself, and still volunteers in Junior Church; she also helps with the Youth Club and the Night Shelter and sings occasionally with the new Christ Church choir. Janet is married to Simon and they have four energetic sons and a very hectic home. She is an active school governor, who loves singing, opera, reading, learning, and being with family and friends.