Staff and Church Officers

All members of Christ Church contribute to the life of our church family as they use their gifts for God's glory. Much of what goes on within Christ Church happens only because of committed members of our congregation who take on pastoral and organisational responsibilities alongside their full-time jobs.

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Steve Midgley
Senior Minister

Responsibilities of role
Preaching, praying (and praising God for giving me such a wonderful church to serve...)

Favourite Travel Destination
Lake district because I love the mountains.

Favourite Film
Tree of Life... because I love weird stuff like that.

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David Todd
Senior Minister

Responsibilities of role
As part of the church family I have responsibilities in Preaching & Prayer, Pastoral Care, Small Groups and helping the Staff Team.

Favourite Travel Destination
Well it’s got to be Scotland, for the hills, the lochs and the weather.

Favourite Film
So many good ones I’ve loved watching but I’ll go for a classic, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.

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Rachel Browning
Associate Minister

Responsibilities of role
Assistant Minister with responsibilities for Women, internationals and the Mission Support Group

Favourite Travel Destination
South Africa

Favourite Film
Amazing Grace

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Matt Bennington
Associate Minister for Music

Responsibilities of role
All things musical - Sunday services, training, choirs, one-off events and more. I also coordinate various initiatives that we are involved with, where we seek to serve our community.

Favourite Travel Destination
New Zealand - whatever sort of holiday you want, you can find it here!

Favourite Film
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - you'll just need to watch it…

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Darren Coult
Associate Minister for Children and Families

Responsibilities of role
I have responsibility for Sunday Club (our children's groups) and our work with families.

Favourite Travel Destination
I love seaside holidays - watching the sea reminds me of how huge and untameable God is.

Favourite Film
I enjoy watching crime thrillers and political dramas, though my own children would rather I watched 'Gigglebiz’!

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Scott Bamber
Youth Worker

Responsibilities of role
I have the privilege of overseeing our work with teenagers here at Christ Church, with a particular focus on leading our Pathfinder (11-14) group which runs on a Friday evening and during our Sunday morning services.

Favourite Travel Destination
I have been lucky enough to visit Vietnam a couple of times and was just blown away by its culture and food! I also love the north of England, places like the Lake District and Newcastle!

Favourite Film
Has to be Gladiator; a film that covers every emotion!

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Tarita Smallwood
Finance & HR Manager

Responsibilities of role
Responsible for providing financial, human resources, legal and wider governance advice and support to aid strategic planning and decision-making to the Parochial Church Council and the Finance & Standing Committee. I'm a Fellow Chartered Accountant by training, and as the Treasurer I lead the Finance Team, overseeing the day-to-day financial operations. When time allows, I enjoy meeting with women for biblical counselling and hold a certificate with CCEF (Christian Counselling & Educational Foundation).

Favourite Travel Destination
Dwyka Tented Lodge, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, S. Africa. The most luxurious ‘tent’ you’ll ever stay in, stunning views of the African plains, ultimate safari experience… was a perfect honeymoon destination!

Favourite Film
Any Mission Impossible film… often feels like the ‘theme tune’ to my life - trying to juggle my work for Christ Church with caring for my two highly excitable little girls!

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Ben Cook
Operations Manager

Responsibilities of role
I have the joy of looking after the office, our administration, overseeing church IT with volunteers from the church family & also am involved with serving with others on our works committee who are responsible for looking after our incredible building!

Favourite Travel Destination
San Francisco. As you enter the city via the Golden Gate bridge you are suddenly surrounded by mist due to the altitude if you go at the right time, to then enter the wonderful place that is home to the Sea Lions, Alcatraz and Jazz!

Favourite Film
About Time. I have been known to enjoy a romantic comedy with the wife, I just love the fun idea behind this film of time travel made simple. It’s a sad ending losing a father, but is a great reminder that we are not immortal, and need to hold firm to our creator God’s promises.

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Charlotte Briden
Office Administrator

Responsibilities of role
I help with the office admin on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings

Favourite Travel Destination
Sorrento!

Favourite Film
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended editions)

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Muriel Inard
Pastoral Associate

Responsibilities of role
Supporting Darren and Rachel to develop existing ministries respectively while preparing to get involved in Christian ministry overseas.

Favourite Travel Destination
Anywhere really. I just love the feeling of immersing in an unfamiliar culture. It’s like an adventure!

Favourite Film
Probably Bladerunner & Bladerunner 2049.

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Ministry Trainees

 
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Francie Jones

Responsibilities of role
My main area of ministry will be pathfinders this year.

Favourite Travel Destination
Pembrokeshire, Wales (when it’s sunny)

Favourite Film
Mamma Mia

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Gideon Emmanuel

Responsibilities of role
My main area of ministry this year will be Tuesday Central (20s and 30s). I will also be helping with Sunday Club and coordinating the Cambridge Churches Homeless Project here at Christ Church.

Favourite Travel Destination
New Orelans, Louisianna in the USA

Favourite Film
12 Angry Men

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Lizzie Powell

Responsibilities of role
I’ll be working in Grafted, with the 14-18 year olds as well as helping out in Sunday Club.

Favourite Travel Destination
Anywhere sunny with a beach!

Favourite Film
I don't really have a favourite but Hairspray is a great watch

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Church officers

Wardens

Vern Farewell, Tim Ensor and Matthew Burton are the wardens at Christ Church.

Treasurer

Tarita Smallwood is the PCC Treasurer and Finance & HR Manager. She is responsible for managing the church's finances and is ably assisted by Malcolm Gray (Deputy Treasurer), Rachel Bruins, Charles Hall, Ross Torkington and Tony Dent.

 

Parochial Church Council

The PCC of St Andrew the Less, Cambridge, carries responsibility for the church both legally and spiritually.