WHO'S WHO

Amelia Dew

Music Ministry Trainee

Originally from South East London, Amelia studied violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance followed by the Royal Northern College of Music, before working as a freelance musician.  She joined our team as Music Ministry Trainee in 2020 and loves Jesus! In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking (and eating) food and listening to 80s pop.

Beccy Ratcliff

House Cafe Minister (p/t)

Beccy joined Christ Church in 1993 and is married to Mark. They have four children Martha, Rosie, Annie and Wilf. Originally working as a midwife in Bath and London, Beccy is passionate about managing her team of volunteers to create the warm welcome and spiritual hub of our community cafe, The House.

After Jesus, knitting, reading and cooking are high on Beccy's list of priorities.

Celeste Tilley

Communications Officer (p/t)

Celeste is married to Tim and they have two girls who both attended Trent School and enjoy the Youth and Children's work here at Cockfosters. Celeste was invited by a friend to attend the Youth Houseparty when she was 13 and has been worshipping at Christ Church ever since, after becoming a Christian at 14.  Celeste loves her role as Communications Officer, keeping the church family and community connected.  She is always happy to hear from you so don't be shy if you have a query!

Chris Edwards

Associate Vicar

Chris loved being part of the Christ Church family while training for ordination, and was delighted to return in 2021 to serve as Associate Vicar. He grew up in Lancashire, is married to Karen, and they have two teenage children. Among other things, Chris loves Jesus, music, fresh air, and trying to mend things.

David Gibson

Music Minister

David proudly hails from Bangor, Northern Ireland and before joining the staff at Christ Church Cockfosters in 2019.  He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and worked freelance in Manchester. David is also Associate Music Director of New Irish Arts, a Christian arts organisation based in Belfast, which keeps him busy when he's not working for Christ Church. He plays piano, conducts, arranges and orchestrates but also enjoys walking, running and driving in the countryside - the more dramatic the scenery the better!

Elia Casotti

Deputy House Cafe Minister and Site Manager (p/t)

As Deputy House Cafe Minister, Elia brings an Italian flavour to our Church catering events. With a background in event catering and cafe management, he is no stranger to laying on a spread. He has been a member of Christ Church for over 10 years and is married to Joelle. They have two children Sofia & Elisa.

Elia loves to tell others about the saving grace of Jesus and enjoys serving his church family in these capacities.

Karen Sleeman

Pastoral Associate (p/t)

Karen works 2 days a week with us and has extensive training both in Public Health and Biblical Counselling.  Alongside this and caring for her family, she will be taking a Masters course in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  Her role on staff is to equip us as a church family to better support families where mental health is a particular challenge.  Please do contact her should you feel she may be able to support your child as she would love to hear from you.

Janice Whitman

Pastoral Associate (p/t)

For the past few years Janice has spent her time completing the Foundations of Biblical Counselling programme with the Christian Counselling and Education Foundation. She has also served on the pastoral team and in outreach and discipleship courses.  She has been a member of Christ Church for over 20 years and joined the staff team in 2018.  She is married to Richard and they have two children.  Please do contact her if you feel she may be able to provide you with support, she would love to hear from you.

Jonathon Burrows

Youth Minister p/t

Jonathon joined the staff team as our Youth Minister in January 2021.  He brings with him his wife, Sarah, and their children, Rosie, Zac and Bella.  Jonathon will be studying part-time at Oak Hill Theological College so he will divide his time between those studies and leading our youth ministry for 11-18 year olds.  His main focus will be training, equipping and growing our team of youth leaders, supporting parents as they seek to disciple their children and seeking to reach out to the youth in the community with the good news of Jesus.  He looks forward to getting to know the church family!

Jon Featherstone

Associate Vicar - Seniors, Young Adults and Social Justice Ministries

Jon joined Christ Church in July 2017 after training for ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. Before that he worked as a Retail Manager for Marks and Spencer and then at a charity in East London helping disadvantaged young people secure employment.  He enjoys catching up with family and friends, reading, running and playing niche ‘sports’ like snooker and croquet.  Jon oversees our 20s and 30s ministry, our seniors work, and coordinates our social action ministries.

Jon Tuckwell

Vicar

Jon is married to Ruth and they have three children, Josh, Noah & Esther.  Before moving to Cockfosters in 2018, they lived in Cambridge where Jon had been on staff at Christ Church Cambridge.  Jon trained for ordination at Oak Hill College and prior to that worked as a medical device engineer in Cambridge.  He still loves making (and breaking) things and often has a DIY project on the go.  He also loves travelling and enjoys playing almost any sport – especially tennis and cricket.

Robert Espie

Ministry Trainee

Robert began attending Christ Church in 2019 and joined the staff team during the lockdown. He became a Christian after studying the Bible for himself, beginning at the age of thirteen. He is passionate about Biblical truth, encouraging Christian brothers and sisters to grow in their faith and in reaching unbelievers with the Gospel. Born in London but raised in Glasgow and Inverness, Robert has mysteriously acquired an accent that sounds suspiciously American!

Tom Inman

Children and Families' Minister

Tom is married to Roo and they have two little boys, Moses and Jasper. Tom trained and worked as a Speech and Language Therapist before moving into full-time church work. He worked as a Youth Worker at a church in Hertfordshire before taking up this role at Christ Church. He'll play any sport with a ball, but since marrying Roo, he seems to have found himself spending a lot more time enjoying countryside walks and period dramas!  Please do contact Tom if you'd like to know more about our children and families ministries here at CCC.

Vava Tsioupra

Operations Manager

Vava is a North Londoner, married to Elena, with two daughters. Originally working as an audio engineer, he completed an MBA going on to manage various businesses including his own as a partner. Before joining CCC, he was an Operations Director for a manufacturing company in Dunstable. Football injuries have led Vava to take up golf, currently not that successfully! He is a lifelong fan of Spurs and loves reading and barbecuing for friends and family. Vava started his journey as a Christian after attending a men’s breakfast at another church and loves being part of the CCC team that runs the same event here.

Matt Lanstone

Church Warden

Matt is married to Jacs and they have three boys – Will, Ben and Josh. After a 25-year career as an analyst and investor in the oil and gas sector, Matt recently made a career shift and now heads up ESG research and investing at the investment firm where he is a partner. He is a keen cyclist, a passionate rugby supporter and a patient Spurs fan. Matt became a Christian in his mid-30s and has enjoyed a number of roles at Christ Church including Small Group leader, Treasurer, and Pathfinders leader and now Church Warden.

Nicki Hooke

Church Warden

Nicki is married to David, and they have three grown up boys – Ben, Dan & Joel. Alongside teaching flute and theory in local schools, and singing whenever the opportunity arises, Nicki works with David for the Asaph Christian Trust, sharing the good news about Jesus through musical presentations and concerts. Nicki grew up in Sheffield, but has lived in North London, and been a member of Christ Church, for nearly 30 years. She loves a good chat, especially over coffee and cake in the House Café, and is delighted (if somewhat surprised!) to be serving God and her church family as Church Warden.