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.
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.
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 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 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.
Gabriel was born into a Christian home in Nigeria and came to London as a student. He joined St Anne’s in 2019 after a few years in a Pentecostal/Evangelical church. Gabriel works as a Managing Director of two daycare nurseries and is currently studying on the Cornhill Training Course. He is married to Louisa and they have four children.
Matt is originally from the US. He grew up as a Christian, but only later came to understand the kindness and grace of God who draws close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit. He is married to Elizabeth, and they have attended St Anne’s since 2018. During the week he works as a historian in Bloomsbury.