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Meet the team at Christ Church

Christ Church in Swindon is a Church of England Parish within the Swindon Deanery of the Diocese of Bristol. We serve just under 15,000 people as well as 6 schools and numerous residential care homes. The church is also a long time member of the Swindon Old Town Partnership of Churches.

At Christ Church, our team members have a number of specialist areas of responsibility within the Parish and you can see what we each do below:

Simon Stevenette
Simon Stevenette, Vicar & Area Dean of Swindon

Simon has led the parish as Vicar for the last 17 years and has been the Area Dean of Swindon for the last 5 years. He is married to Nicola and they have 5 sons - Thomas 25, Robert 23, Edward 21, William 17 and Hugo 12. He had a successful Stem Cell Transplant September 2004 and lived with cancer for 2 years. Simon loves meeting people, working in the community building teams and helping people develop and grow in their spiritual gifting.

He enjoys sport in general especially running and is a member of Chiseldon Tennis club. He is Chaplain of Swindon Town Football Club, Governor of King William Street Church of England Academy and an active member of the Swindon Rotary club You can contact him here.

Margaret Williams
Margaret Williams, Lay Minister

She is a retired Head Teacher, originally from Swansea. She is a published author and gifted story teller particularly in all-age worship where her empathy with both young and old is obvious. She loves travel, Welsh culture and entertaining. She is a member of the P.C.C, a co-ordinator for Residential Care home visits and a supporter of the healing prayer ministry.In 2015 Margaret was named in the New Year's Honours list as having been made an MBE for services to the Bristol Diocese and the Community of Swindon Contact her here.

Daphne Hardwick Daphne Hardwick, Associate Minister

She was ordained at Bristol Cathedral in 2012 after practicing for many years as a midwife and health visitor in the Swindon area. She is passionately interested in social justice issues and actively provides support and links to our young families through our “Young Families Newsletter” and “Little Fishes” Toddler Group. She has a particular responsibility for co-leading our Community Network Group and developing links within the wider Old Town community. She is married to Reg and has two grown up daughters, a son-in-law and grandson. Contact her here.

Norma McKemey
Norma McKemey, Associate Minister

She was ordained in 2010 and licensed as an Associate Minister at Christ Church with St. Mary's in 2014. Prior to ordination she spent many years as a Religious Studies secondary schoolteacher. Now fully involved in the life of the Church she has particular responsibilities for Mission and Evangelism and is very involved as a governor at one of our local schools. Her interests include travel, playing golf and spending time with her grandchildren. Email her here

Anne MacMillan
Anne MacMillan, Lay Minister

Anne is a Physiotherapist at the Prospect hospice in Wroughton and has 2 adult daughters. She was licensed as a Lay minister in 2007. Anne has a special link with St Mary's church. She enjoys sharing hospitality, listening to operas and travelling. Last year she completed the Swindon Half Marathon alongside Simon and a team from Christ church. Contact her here.

Genny Williams
Genny Williams, Lay Minister

Genny is married to Nick, has 3 grown-up children and enjoys dancing, reading and listening to a wide variety of music. She teaches mathematics at The Commonweal School, an academy for students aged 11-19 years in Old Town Swindon. Genny is a lay minister and as such has been a member of the clergy team since 2007. Her current responsibility with colleague Margaret, is to co-ordinate all age worship which takes place on the first Sunday of the month at 10am.
Contact her here.

Helen Parker Drabble
Helen Parker Drabble, Parish Administrator

Helen has 2 adult children and manages the parish office, co-ordinating all our parish activities. She loves meeting people and is passionate about making connections. Helen is also interested in social research and family history. Contact her here.

Tim Eyles
Tim Eyles, Musical director

He is married to Ann and works as a freelance piano and organ teacher and choir trainer. He is responsible for all the musical worship at Christ Church and manages the church's choir and the music group. He also loves France, cycling, reading and of course, music of all kinds as well as taking a deep interest in environmental issues. Contact him here.

Carol Simmons
Carol Simmons, Lay Minister

Carol is mum to Elise, David & Bethany. She has a deep love of music and sings weekly in our robed choir and with the choir at Immanuel Church once a month. As our Parish Clerk she is the first point of contact for baptism families and wedding couples.Carol has a heart for Ecumenism and occasionally leads worship at Immanuel URC, Highworth URC and Central Church. She is also a volunteer chaplain at Bristol Cathedral when work commitments allow.. Contact her here.

Ailsa Palmer
Ailsa Palmer, Lay Minister

She is married to Mike and was previously our parish office manager.She is especially involved in listening to others; and prayer/healing work. She is also interested in linking fair trade, care for the environment and social justice to our everyday lives.
Contact her here.