Roots Down, Branches Out

People

Lydia Young

Lydia joined Christ Church in September 2019 and works full-time as Children and Youth Team Leader. She graduated with a BA in Applied Theology (Children and Schools) from Moorlands College in July 2019. She previously worked for four years as Children and Youth Leader for Exmouth Baptist Church and Exmouth Community College. Lydia was brought […]

James Buckham

James Buckham is a London based pianist, organist and music teacher. James’s background in English choral music began early as a boy chorister and later organist for St Andrew’s Church, Tarring. A quickly apparent musical aptitude meant a childhood of musical performance, forming connections with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra and Worthing Music Festival […]

Anna Dixon

Anna became churchwarden in April 2018. She has been attending Christ Church Highbury since 2010 and during that time has served as a member of the Prayer Ministry Team, organised the Parish Weekend Away, led quiet days, been an active member of a home group, helped organise Friday night Youth Club, been a Sunday School […]

Andy Chrich

Andy became Vicar of Christ Church in July 2018, having previously led churches in Cambridge and The Yorkshire Dales. He is passionate about helping people connect with the love that God has for them. Andy is married to Jo. He is a keen sports fan, and a lifelong supporter of Nottingham Forest FC. He enjoys […]

Rachel Maby

Rachel Maby is a mezzo-soprano from London who holds a Distinction Masters of Music qualification from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is a graduate of the prestigious Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester. She was brought up in Highbury and went to Christ Church as […]

Tania Witter

Tania has been an self-supporting minister at Christ Church since 1995.  Before that, she and her husband, Nick, lived and worked for many years in Vienna, Austria.  For a while, she worked as an editor of technical publications for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.  At the same time, she trained as a Lay Reader […]

Polly Arthur

Polly Arthur has lived in Highbury and Islington for 19 years and became a reader at Christ Church in 2007. 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 […]

Paddy Marsh

Paddy 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 […]

Juliette Soanes

Jules 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 10 years ago where she read Law at London Metropolitan University and BPP Law School. Jules is married to John […]