Leadership | St Barnabas Ealing

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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
020 8998 4079


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.



Mthr Fiona Jack

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.



Mthr Valerie Aitken
Associate Priest

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.



Kavi Pau
Director of Music

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

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
020 8998 4079

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

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

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
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.