There are a whole host of people voluntary and paid who are working to make St Philip & St James function. Below are the paid ones!
He arrived at St Philip's in 1981 and describes St Philip's as “lay led” encouraging active participation of all its members. As a result, the church has developed a wide community ministry in its own area. Alan works closely with St Philip’s Primary Church of England School next door to the church.
Alan has also established links with many different countries regularly taking teams to visit them. He regularly travels in Africa, India and Eastern Europe and has recently taken groups to South Africa, Uganda, India, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Ukraine, Czech Republic and China.
Alan describes his own drive as “mission orientated” and passionately believes in the value of linking up with churches around the world. His drive is to communicate the unique message of Christianity wherever he is and by whatever means possible.
Alan also has wide media skills and presented BBC Radio Bristol’s ‘Sunday Starts’ programme for three years and Trans World Radio's “Good Morning UK” for two years. He has written for many national publications and is also Chair of the Christian HIV/AIDS Alliance. Contact Alan here.
Margaret also works as a part-time Chaplain to St Martin’s Hospital and the Royal United Hospital in Bath. She has developed a team from the church to lead regular services for patients at St Martin’s and thoroughly enjoys her dual role in hospital and church.
Margaret has taken children’s holiday club teams to work with British Army families based in Germany and has travelled with the church to Prague.
Margaret regularly leads services and preaches at St Philip’s and our second church in the Somerset Village of Combe Hay.
His main role is to run the busy church office, deal with bookings, general organisation and facilitate the many volunteers. He also runs the church community transport initiative through the church minibus involving over 30 different community groups in its use.
Since the war in Bosnia in the early 1990’s, approved Tim has developed links with Split in Croatia through his charity ABC “Aid from Britain to Croatia” and still has links with the country. He is an active member of the Church Drama Group on stage and as producer and choreographer.
Tim has travelled with the church to South Africa where he taught some of his administrative skills to our link church there. Tim’s skills lie in careful analysis of systems and strategies and the ability to get the team to stick to them! He also has considerable IT design and multi media skills which facilitates the rest of the team. Contact Tim here.
Gill is also qualified to teach English as a foreign language and has taught in the Czech republic and continues to do so with foreign students in Bath. She excels in journalistic skills and and is responsible for visual displays in the church, photography at events and communications to the Press.
Gill works from the church office assisting with planning, facilitating teams, co-ordinating meetings and organising events. Gill is a Church of England Reader and regularly preaches and leads services. She is also an active member of the Worship Group and has travelled with the church to India, Palestine, Israel, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Jordan and Ukraine. Contact Gill here.
Rev. Andy Stammer’s role as an Evangelist is to challenge and help the church to 'tell and show' the good news of Jesus in the community of Odd Down.
Andy grew up in St. Philip & St. James Church and was an active member of the CYFA youth group taking part in the 1991 mission to Uganda, 1992 mission to the Philippines and local outreach at the Fosseway Community Church. He trained as a navigator in the Merchant Navy and travelled the world on a variety of ships before feeling the call to train in the ministry. In 2009, Andy became the Pastor at Radstock Baptist Church where he served for four years.
Andy and his wife Suzanne, who grew up on Odd Down, have always kept their links with St. Philip’s and are delighted to be working in the Odd Down community. Andy is passionate about telling and showing the good news of Jesus and has a real love for the local area. Contact Andy here.
Sandra's role is to develop the project to reach more people in the city of Bath and outlying villages and to ensure the minibus is properly looked after. The minibus project allows over 60 voluntary groups to access transport in the Bath area.
Sandra has been working at St Philip's for over 3 decades as a volunteer in the church office for two days a week and acts as temporary administrator when the church administrator is away. She is a member of the team that runs our One to One lunches, and also organises many church events including our Parish Weekend. Contact Sandra here.