Ministry Team


Our Ministry team includes Rev Canon Julie Ramsbottom (Rector), Rev Canon John Edwards (Associate Priest), Rev Julian McAllen (Associate Priest), Rev Hannah Higginson (Curate), Rev Tonia Elliott (New Communities Minister) and Paul Arscott (Eucharistic Lay Minister and Head Server). Other members of the congregation also lead our worship.

 

Rector: Rev Canon Julie Ramsbottom
Julie became Rector of the new parish of Finchampstead and California on Sept 1st 2011.  She is married to David who is also ordained; and they have two children and two grandchildren. Having started her ministry as a Lay Reader in the diocese of Durham, Julie trained on Southwark Ordination Course and served her curacy at St Michael’s, Bray (1991-97). Prior to coming to Finchampstead, she was for 14 years Rector of West Woodhay, with Enborne, Hamstead Marshall, Inkpen and Combe, and also Priest-in-Charge of Kintbury with Avington since 2005. Her last task before her move was to help these parishes unite to form the Walbury Beacon Benefice. The focus of Julie’s ministry thus far has been on sustainable mission combined with a strong emphasis on pastoral care.  Since late 2013, she has been Area Dean for Sonning Deanery and is now an Hon. Canon of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford in recognition of her great work for the parish, the Deanery and the Diocese.
Associate Priest: Rev Canon John Edwards
John has been Associate Priest here since his ordination in 2001. He is married to Sue and has four adult children and nine grandchildren. He originally qualified as a chartered accountant and spent many years as a finance director in international engineering companies. As a non-stipendiary minister he combined his church duties with trusteeship of various occupational pension schemes and charities. He is currently Chair of the Friends of the Anglican Church in Ethiopia (FACE). He was for many years Associate Clergy Officer for the Archdeaconry of Berkshire and remains a Bishop’s reviewer for Ministerial Development. Since January 2013 John has been also an Honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford.
Associate Priest: Rev Julian McAllen
Julian was licensed and took up his post as Associate Minister to the Parish of Finchampstead and California in May 2017.  Previously he was Curate Assistant at Christ Church, Epsom Common after completing his theological training at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.  Prior to ordination he spent seventeen years in the teaching profession and was Head of Economics at Hornsey School in north London.  Julian has been involved in various aspects of mission and outreach.  He has worked with the Mennonite Community in London, lecturing on applied Christian Studies.  More recently Julian was the Anglican representative on interfaith dialogue in the Epsom deanery.  This involved dialogue with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, representatives from the Jewish Community in south London, and the various Christian denominations within the area.  Julian’s hobbies are football, rugby, cricket and naval history.
Hannah Higginson Curate: Rev Hannah Higginson
Rev. Hannah Higginson joined the Parish as a Curate in July 2014, having lived in nearby Crowthorne for most of her life.  Her ordination was in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on 5th July. Hannah trained for ordination in Oxford for two years, having done a theology degree at Cardiff University prior to that.  Passionate about social justice she has been involved in a number of projects in college, as well as writing a dissertation on the issue of human trafficking.  Hannah enjoys strategic board games, films, amateur astronomy and is also a big football fan.   she is married to Matt and they have a beautiful baby daughter Elizabeth Grace.  Hannah will be on maternity leave until October 2018.
Licensed Eucharistic Lay Minister: Mr. Paul Arscott
Paul is licensed by the Diocese to administer consecrated bread and wine to those who are not able to come to Church. Paul has been a Chalice Administrator for many years and took on this role in 2006. In addition he is able to conduct Holy Communion by Extension – where an ordained priest has previously consecrated the Bread and Wine. A “cradle” Christian, Paul has also been an altar server for over 60 years. He committed himself to the Church of England when he was received into the Church on 25th June 2000 at Cantley Park by Bishop Dominic of Reading.
New Communities Minister, Arborfield Green: Rev Antonia (‘Tonia’) Elliott
Tonia was licensed to the Parish on 20th February 2018.  She is originally from Sunderland in the North East but moved to Reading with her family 17 years ago. She was previously the curate at St Peters, Farnborough, where her ministry has been vast and varied. One of her main roles has been to lead the 5.30 evening congregation and building community between the people.
Tonia trained at St. Mellitus College in London which was an enriching and greatly enjoyable three years. Before training, she worked as a conference organiser and also had her own wedding planning business. She is married to David and they have two grown up daughters, Rebecca and Phillippa who both still live at home.
Tonia is excited to be working in the Arborfield Green new community and overseeing St. Eligius church, where there are huge opportunities to build God’s Kingdom as people move into the area.
Curate: Gemma Wilkinson
Gemma joined us as a Curate at the end of June 2018.   She is originally from Leicestershire but spent her time before training working in Newbury as a Children’s and Youth Worker.  She trained for the ministry at Cuddesdon and in her spare time likes crafts and walking.

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