Ministry Staff

Office Number: 01242 519520

Richard Coombs



After a psychology degree at Durham and theology degree in Cambridge, Richard served two curacies in London – at Christchurch, Cockfosters and St Helen’s, Bishopsgate. He was Vicar of Burford for 20 years before being appointed Rector of Cheltenham. Richard is passionate about teaching the Bible so that the church loves Jesus more, flourishes and grows. He has an interest in theological education, through the training of curates and students. Richard is married to Nicola and they have four children. Richard enjoys reading, theatre, films, music and all country pursuits.

Patrick Wheaton

Associate Vicar


Associate Vicar since 2013, Patrick is passionate about seeing the Church grow in its identity as the family of God. He’s married to Louise with 3 young children. After a stint in the countryside he is busy turning the Vicarage garden into a scene from the Good Life and has nearly persuaded Louise they have room for a pig.

Clare Dyson

Pastoral Minister


Pastoral Minister since 2014, Clare previously worked as a nurse and midwife before ordination in 2005. She is married to Alex and has two sons, who are both now at university. She enjoys walking their dogs, caring for the other menagerie of pets, cooking, reading and handicrafts.

Andy Hall

Associate Minister


Andy was ordained in 2014 after a career spent in the RAF, Council, Further Education and running his own business. Andy is married to Barbara and they’ve been involved in the life of the church since 1996.

Jayne Seward

Children’s Minister
Admin Team Leader


Enthusiastic about leading the Children’s Ministry, Jayne’s spare time is spent drinking coffee, chatting with friends, reading history books, and visiting Cornwall. She watches, and still longs to play, cricket and supports Newcastle United and Cheltenham Town.

Annie Phillips

Youth Minister


Youth Minister since the beginning of 2017, Annie previously worked and studied in Bristol where she met her husband Simon. Having grown up on a farm in Somerset, she loves the countryside, the beach, good food, coffee, netball and time with friends.

Admin Staff

Luke Blackburn

Admin Assistant


Working part time in the office since 2007 Luke’s role has evolved, but he currently oversees the technical aspects of the office. He has been part of the church family since 1990. He is married to Cathryn and has two young children. His other day job is as an indie game developer, programmer, and animator.

Sarah Brown

Practical Facilitator

Jenny Aldridge


Several profile photos were kindly provided by Steve Stone