Roots Down, Branches Out

Andy Chrich is our vicar and joined Christ Church in July 2018. 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.

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

Rachel Maby is Director of Music and started in January 2017. She was brought up in Highbury and went to Christ Church as a child. She trained at the University of Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She works as a freelance mezzo soprano soloist and vocal coach. You can read more about her work on her website.

James Buckham is Christ Church organist and pianist and began the post in September 2019. He gained his formal qualifications at Trinity College of Music, graduating with a Bmus (First Class Honours) in Classical performance (piano) in 2011 and again with a Mmus (Distinction) in Jazz performance (piano) in 2015. More information and details of public performances can be found at www.jamesbuckham.co.uk


Church Wardens

Anna Dixon

John Edwards