Our Church family

Our church family at St Anne’s is genuinely mixed, something we consider an enormous blessing and are really grateful to God for. We’re from a mixture of backgrounds, ethnic groups and social classes, and differ in age and life stage.

We love that we’re different and yet united in our love for the Lord Jesus! In fact we believe the church best displays God’s glory when all kinds are brought together in Christ. We hope that anyone from any background would feel welcome and at home at St Anne’s.

Meet some of our church family and hear their stories by clicking on the link below.

Meet some of our church family and hear their stories

Our Staff

Richard Bray

Rector

Richard was born in Penzance, Cornwall and became a Christian as a student. After working in marketing for a publishing company, he has been in church work since 2002 and became Rector of St Anne’s in 2014. He is vice chair of governors at Stepney Greencoat (our church school), chair of London Gospel Partnership, and a trustee of GrowTH (Tower Hamlets churches homeless night shelter). He is married to Jenny and has four children.

Kate McNab

Parish Worker & Ministry Coordinator

Kate grew up in Matlock, Derbyshire and became a Christian as a student in London. After a time working in financial administration she studied on the Cornhill ministry training course from 2015-2017 and began working for St Anne’s in 2016. Kate’s role involves Bible teaching ministry with women and children and in the local schools; along with responsibility for music, publicity and coordinating the various ministries at St Anne’s. In her free time she enjoys playing nerdy board games, music and being creative.

Robin Emmanuel

Ministry Trainee

Robin grew up in Hampshire in a Christian family, but it was while studying at the University of East Anglia that he saw more clearly that Jesus is the trustworthy Saviour we all need. He came to London and St Anne’s in 2018 working with the University and Colleges Christian Fellowship and has been Ministry Trainee at St Anne’s since September 2019. Robin wants to help people (especially those who may feel on the edges of Church life) get to know Jesus better through the Bible, and help St Anne’s to be a loving community as a result. Robin is enjoying being newly married to his wife, Philippa.

Matt Endersby

Ministry Trainee

Matt grew up in a Christian family in southeast London and always believed in God, but his life changed at 24 when God opened Matt‘s eyes to the truth of the gospel and his need for grace through Jesus. Matt worked in translation and marketing, then spent 5 years working at GrowTH night shelter in Tower Hamlets, before joining the St Anne’s team. Matt is married to Amy, a nurse, who he proposed to in the tower of St Anne’s! Matt enjoys socialising, the great outdoors, and eating his weight in biscuits.

Our Churchwarden

Alex Kershaw

Alex was brought up in the West Midlands, and got going as a Christian himself as a student having attended Church a lot when he was growing up. He has been a member of St Anne’s since coming to London in 2000. During the week he works for an insurance company in central London. He is married to Ruth and has three small children.

Our Safeguarding Leaders

Jay Buscombe

Safeguarding Officer

Jay is our Safeguarding Officer and is the first person to contact if you have any questions or concerns around the welfare of a child or adult at risk.

Alex Kershaw

Children’s Champion

Alex is our Children’s Champion and is here to be an advocate for all children in all areas of Parish life, making sure their views are heard and their needs are thought of. He can be contacted here.

Our Church Council

Richard Bray – Chair
Alex Kershaw – Church Warden
Arthur Wolstenholme – Treasurer
Sarah-Jane Austin – Secretary
Derrick Cutler
Paul King
Hazel Parker-Brown
Carol Tilbury
Gabriel Ezemah
Matthew Laube