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 the London Preachers’ Conference, and chair of trustees for GrowTH (Tower Hamlets churches homeless night shelter). He is married to Jenny and has four children.

Kate McNab

Parish Worker & Ministry Co-Ordinator

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.

Andrew Jelfs

Parish Worker

Andy is passionate about helping people encounter Jesus for themselves through getting into the Bible. Andy trained in church leading and preaching between 2011-2013 and has been working part time at St Anne’s since 2013 with particular responsibility for preaching, children’s work and Christianity Explored. Andy also works part time for the Civil Service in Westminster. He is married to Lizzie and has a daughter, Charis.

Robin Emmanuel

Ministry Trainee

Robin grew up in Hampshire in a Christian family, while studying at the University of East Anglia he saw more clearly that Jesus is the trustworthy saviour we all need and this changed how he saw everything. He came to London and St Anne’s in 2018 working with the University and College 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 the good news of Jesus better through the Bible, and help St Anne’s be a loving community as a result.

Our Churchwardens

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 a little boy and a baby girl.

Oli Parker

Oli would have claimed to be a Christian from a young age but it was while at University and attending a large City church in London that the truth of the Bible and the sacrifice made by Jesus really made sense to him. He now lives a fairly dull life in London with a very lovely wife, Caroline, and a very troublesome cat. He has been a member of St Anne’s since 2012.

Our Safeguarding Leaders

Caroline Parker

Caroline 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.

Jay Buscombe

Jay 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.

Our Church Council

Richard Bray – Chair
Alex Kershaw – Church Warden
Oli Parker – Church Warden
Sarah-Jane Austin – Secretary
Eddy Akang – Treasurer

Derrick Cutler
Lizzie Jelfs
Paul King
Shu Ngan
Hazel Parker-Brown