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Our Ministry team includes The Revd Dr LC Onugha (Rector), Rev Canon John Edwards (Associate Priest), Rev Julian McAllen (Associate Priest)and Rev Tonia Elliott (New Communities Minister). Other members of the congregation also lead our worship.

Rector: The Revd Dr Leonard Onugha
Leonard has previously served in Caversham, Thatcham, and Emmer Green. He says that knowing Christ and learning to walk with him has been an adventure. Being arrested for holding a prayer meeting in one country and serving as a teaching pastor with a church in South East Asia are just some of the journeys his faith has taken him on! Much of his earlier work within ministry was done whilst he held a role with a large energy company. He holds academic qualifications in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, as well as in Theology and Business Management. Leonard has a deep and continuing desire to see the full flourishing of individuals and communities. He is a trustee of The Mustard Tree Foundation, a school governor, an occasional hospital chaplain, and a director of BtN. He is married to Joanna, and they have three children.
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 ten 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 as an Associate Priest in the Parish of Finchampstead and California in May 2017. Previously he was Curate 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 as a Head of Economics & Vocation Education at a school in London. Julian has been involved in various aspects of mission and outreach and sees sharing the good news of Jesus Christ as central to his ministry. He has worked alongside the Mennonite Community in London, lecturing in Applied Christian Studies. Whilst attending church in London he was part of a Healing on the Streets team and ran a Café Church on the high street in Finchley. During his time in Epsom Deanery he was the Anglican representative on interfaith dialogue. More recently Julian and his wife Monika have started a Creative Café Church on the Gorse Ride Estate where they live with their two young children. When he has time Julian enjoys reading history and watching a bit of football, rugby and cricket.
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.

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