Ministry Staff
Office Number: 01242 519520 Office Email:

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.

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.

Simon Phillips

Associate Minister with Responsibility for Students, Young Adults and Families

Simon grew up near Bath and studied Theology in Bristol before becoming a youth worker and mentor. Recently, he was ‘Minister-in-training’ at St Luke’s, Cheltenham, while completing an MA in Theology. He longs to see people be excited about Jesus and equipped for His mission in the world (and Cheltenham!).

Simon, married to Annie, is a lifelong Bath Rugby fan, loves playing guitar, eating, and sometimes you might find him lifting weights in the gym.

Jayne Seward

Children & Families Minister


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

Rachel Hargreave

Operations Manager


With a background in customer relations, marketing and office management, Rachel joined the team in 2020.  She is married to James with three children.  In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit, baking and making things.

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