Leadership | St Barnabas Ealing

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Leadership

St Barnabas is led through a collaboration between ordained and lay leaders. We are very blessed with a gifted and diverse clergy and congregation who offer their skills to the mission and ministry of the church.

Staff Team


Fr Justin Dodd
Vicar
020 8998 4079
vicar@barnabites.net
 

Before ordination in 2007, I spent 10 years in the advertising industry as a copywriter and later creative director and entrepreneur. I am originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and trained for the ministry in that vibrant city. I served my curacy at St Paul’s Parkhurst before being appointed Associate Vicar for the then joint parishes of All Saints Ealing Common and St Martins West Acton in October 2009. In September 2013, I became Vicar of St Barnabas Ealing. During my time in the Diocese of London I have served as a Vocations Advisor, creating and producing the London Callings series. I am actively involved in the community organising and church planting movements. With degrees in Communication, English Literature and Theology, I have a long list of interests including contemporary culture, current affairs, the media, liturgy, social justice, Christian spirituality and the arts.

 


Mtr Fiona Jack
Curate
fionajack@barnabites.net
 

I grew up in Yorkshire, and obtained a M.A. in French and Spanish at St. Hilda’s college Oxford. I spent a couple of years living in France, finally moving to London where I began my career as a qualitative market researcher.  I set up my own strategic insight agency in 1998 and continue to work in the business part-time. I have travelled the world extensively with my work and I am especially interested in how culture and language are mutually intertwined.  I studied for a diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission at Sarum college in Salisbury and was ordained in September 2020. I’m a fan of the arts, in particular film, theatre and music.  I care deeply about the environment and I am Eco-champion at St. Barnabas.

 


Mtr Valerie Aitken
Associate Priest
valerie@barnabites.net
 

I was born and brought up in the borough of Ealing, attending Notting Hill & Ealing High School until I was 18.  I then did a bi-lingual course at the Institut Francais in London and worked as an interpreter/PA for a large petro-chemical company and then a French Pharmaceutical company.  I married Stephen in 1967 and after living in Chelsea and Pinner we moved back to Ealing in 1977 with our 2 daughters.  I had twin boys in 1980 and remained a full time mother till I began work for an fine art print company and then a telecommunications consultancy.  I began training for the priesthood in 2001 at STETS, a theological college in Salisbury.  After ordination in 2004 I served my curacy at St Mary with St Nicholas in Perivale, London.  I remained there as Assistant Priest until taking over as vicar in 2014.  I retired in 2017 and am now an Associate Priest at St Barnabas Church Ealing.   During this time, I have also worked in Conflict Resolution, Bereavement and Pastoral Care training and also spent 3 years as a prison chaplain.

My interests include spending time with my 9 grandchildren, watching Rugby Union, working in my garden, and researching my family history.  My husband is a part time rowing coach and we enjoy spending time by the river and being by the sea.

 


Mtr Jenny Krige
Associate Priest
j.mabin@gmail.com
 

My husband, Paul, and I have recently moved to the UK from Johannesburg, South Africa. We have three daughters living in and around London and a son in Melbourne. We decided to make the move to be closer to our 5 grandchildren here as they grow up. For the last 10 years I have been at St Mary’s Junior School for girls in Waverley where I facilitated Divinity lessons across the primary school and supported the school chaplain with confirmation classes and weekly Chapel services for the staff and students. I've always had a twin vocation to minister and teach. I look forward to being with you at St Barnabas and thank you for your welcoming presence.

 


Kavi Pau
Director of Music
music@barnabites.org
 

Kavi Pau is a British Indian music director, composer, singer and keyboardist based in London. After studying composition and conducting at the Purcell School of Music, Kavi won a choral scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he studied music. While at Cambridge, he worked regularly as a music director and repetiteur with the university’s top vocal and instrumental ensembles, and toured internationally with the acclaimed Choir of Gonville and Caius College. After graduating in 2018 with a prize-winning double-first class degree, Kavi has maintained a busy career. Alongside his work as Director of Music at St Barnabas Church, Ealing, he is the Founder Director of Ensemble 1517, a choir specialising in the music of the Lutheran Reformation. He has also recently founded the Third Culture Collective, a new social and musical venture to foster collaboration between South Asian and Western musicians. He combines these posts with regular freelance activities and also teaches at the University of Cambridge. 

 


Henry Tozer
Music Director Gospel Choir
and Noisy Mass
parish.office@barnabites.org
 

Hello, dear reader. You probably know me as the leader of the Ealing Gospel Choir. I grew up in deepest Devon playing Chopin and The Beatles, did my music degree at Robinson College, Cambridge, and then flirted briefly with composing music for films in New York City. As you may already know, my passion is sharing the transformational power of music with people. That's led me through various teaching and choir-leading positions (such as Head of Vocals at the Twyford Trust), as well as in various positions on stage. As a pianist, singer and composer I write and record music - songs, piano works and anything that moves my heart. Actually, I'm shortly to release my debut album... watch this space! I have an online audience of people from across the world (10000 and counting!) for whom I've been performing online concerts during the lockdown. I practice meditation and Qi Gong to help me ride the waves of life with some level of equilibrium and purpose. And that's all I shall say here - feel free to ask me or talk to me about anything!

 


Nick Barnes
Verger
020 8998 4079
parish.office@barnabites.org
 

I've lived in Ealing almost all my life and have served St Barnabas parish as Facilities Manager for over 30 years. I'm passionate about working in the local community and ensuring the buildings of the church are well maintained to enable our mission and ministry. 

 


Amy Merriman
Licensed Lay Preacher
amymerriman@barnabites.net
 

I grew up in Swansea and return to South Wales as often as I can to spend quality time by the sea.  After reading English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford, I spent a number of years working in Cambridge, Lincoln and Birmingham in different parish, chaplaincy and university contexts before moving to join King’s College London in 2011.  Outside of work, I’m regularly to be found walking alongside the Thames or spending time in Kew Gardens.  I have an MA in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College and a Postgraduate Certificate in Theology and Transformative Practice from the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham. 

 

 

Lay Leadership

 


John Newbegin
Churchwarden
                

I have been a resident of Ealing for over 40 years. I am currently one of the Churchwardens of St Barnabas, having been on the PCC previously. I am enjoying being part of the team taking the Church forward to face the challenges of the 21st Century.

 


Deirdre Martin
Churchwarden
 

We started coming to St Barnabas shortly after moving to Ealing 15 years ago. I have been Churchwarden since 2016 and my day job is Administrator of the local Synagogue. At St Barnabas I am pleased to work with the congregation in whatever ways are needed. 

 


Jonathan Hawkes
Treasurer
 

I have lived in Ealing for forty years or so. Having recently become a Joint-Treasurer for St Barnabas PCC, I hope to be of service in supporting the mission and ministry of the Parish.


Peter Haisman
Electoral Roll Officer
 
Since retiring from the post of Consultant Clinical Biochemist at Central Middlesex Hospital in 2001 I have supported St. Barnabas in many different roles. Currently, I am the Parish Electoral Roll Officer, and, in the absence of any office staff, I have taken on responsibility for all aspects of church and hall hire.

Felicity Mather
PCC and Pastoral Assistant
 
I have lived in Ealing for 39 years; for 25 of those years I worked as a local GP. I then trained as a Pastoral Assistant, a role I have fulfilled for 15 years. I am a member of the Ministry Team and am passionate about pastoral care and the local community.

Clair Preston
Children’s Champion
 
Clair is married to Iain and has lived in Ealing for the past 20 years. She is a Mum of 2 boys and is actively interested in helping young families participate and join in church life. Clair works in the hospitality sector and is keen to use her skills to help St Barnabas attract more revenue streams to ensure its financial future/stability.


Dean Baker
PCC Member
 

I arrived in Ealing on 1 January 2016, and have been involved with St Barnabas since. As one who believes that participation is essential to build healthy communities, I support St Barnabas' role and mission. While still considering Detroit my home town and living for many years in LA, I've rapidly adapted to the greater London community.


Ellen Coleman
PCC Member
 

It is not an exaggeration to say that St Barnabas has been a second family to me – it is the staple of many home videos, from my 3rd birthday to my last school concert. The enthusiasm and kindness of the people here pulled me through my awkward teenage years and made me a much more courageous person, and I hope to support the church in providing similar opportunities for others. I now work as a Project Manager in construction, but as has been the case for the last 20 years, you'll always be able to find me in the choir.


Miranda Gray
PCC Member
 

I head up a team of markers for an international real estate company. I’ve lived in various parts of Ealing for over 15 years. I’m always drawn back to St Barnabas because of its family focused community.


Victoria Hamerton
PCC Member
  

I’ve been part of St Barnabas all my life along with my parents and siblings, and now also my daughter. I’ve seen many changes over the years and imagine there will be many more. I work in NHS General Practice locally. I really enjoy being part of the community of St Barnabas.


Linda Jamil
PCC Member
 

I grew up in West London since I was 5 years old. And over 20 years of it was in Ealing, which holds a very special place in my heart. Being a member of St. Barnabas Ealing has given me a chance to reach out to the multiracial community of Ealing in order to ensure a safe, loving and inclusive neighborhood, for my family and others.


Janet Robinson
PCC Member
 

I moved to Ealing in 1986 and am now a retired HR professional.  I have worshiped at and actively contributed to life at St Barnabas since I moved to Ealing and I feel blessed to be part of the St Barnabas family.  I am committed to supporting the contribution that St Barnabas within the Parish and the wider community.


Paul Robinson
PCC Member
 

My job in IT Services Management brought me to London in 1988 and we have lived in Pitshanger ever since, marrying in St Barnabas in 1991.  The church is a wonderful place and I count the community of St Barnabas as my extended family. I’m passionate about Social Justice and excited about the opportunities for St Barnabas to find a voice and make a difference.


Azmaer Samuel
PCC Member
 

I have lived in Ealing my entire life and been worshipping at St. Barnabas for almost 4 years now. I feel blessed to have an active role in the church and look forward to helping St Barnabas achieve its mission.


Jack
PCC Member
 

I love St Barnabas because it has really helped me come to (a still imperfect!) faith. Completely unexpected: I never ever thought that would happen. It's also a church of doing as well as preaching. During the 2020 lockdown, it was great that lots of us seemed to draw energy from doing things within the church and community – and showed me how community organising can be really powerful in lots of unexpected and hilarious and odd and mysterious ways, so I'm really passionate about that part of St Barnabas, too.