Who's Who

Christchurch Durham is led by Rev'd Tony Jones, the Senior Minister along with the Church Warden and Trustees.  They are supported by the staff team.

Senior Minister

Rev’d Tony Jones

Senior Minister

Tony is married to Sarah and they have four children, Emily, Samuel, William and Sophie. Tony leads the ministry at Christchurch, preaches regularly, oversees the staff team as well as the ministry training scheme.  After starting out as a barrister in London Tony left the Bar to study theology at Oxford and following ordination into Anglican ministry Tony served as a curate in Oxford for five years before moving Christchurch. As Senior Minister he works together with the warden/trustees and is accountable to them and to the Council of Reference for the ministry at Christchurch.  

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Church Wardens and Trustees

The Rev'd David Gibb


Dr David Buckley

Church Warden/Trustee

David is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the RVI in Newcastle. He has been at Christchurch for 7 years having moved to the North East after his medical training in Bristol. He enjoys spending time exploring the Durham countryside and watching sport. He is married to Bryony and they have two boys; Isaac and Jude.

Adam Straker

Church Warden/Trustee

Adam moved to Durham as a student in 2003 and has stayed ever since. Adam is the Director of a water company based in the North East of England and is married to Emy.  They have three children, Daniel, Matias and Thiago.

James Cleave

Church Warden/Trustee

James is a Chartered Accountant and works as a Finance Director in Teesside. He loves sport and enjoys running when he gets the chance! James and his wife Laura live near the city centre and have 4 children, Lucy, Maggie, Emma and Seth.

Staff Team

Rev’d Rob Brown

Associate Minister

Rob is married to Alice and together they have three children: Jonty, Pippa and Barnaby. Rob leads the Student Ministry at Christchurch and assists the Senior Minister in the overall leadership of the Church.

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Chris Wood

Church Manager

Chris runs the Church Office and handles all the behind-the-scenes work at Christchurch, including overseeing all of the finances.  Chris came to Durham in 2001 from Colchester to study Economics at the University.  After 2 years training on the MTS scheme at Christchurch, Chris took up his current role. 

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Sam Herbert

Assistant Minister

Sam grew up on the Isle of Wight before moving to Durham.  Sam is married to Jen and they have three boys, Will, Toby and Alex. Sam assists with pastoral ministry among the local congregation and oversees the Growth Groups and Christianity Explored.

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Alison Barratt

Women's Worker

Originally from the North West of England she moved to Durham as a student and stayed. She's now been at Christchurch for over 25 years and is involved in co-ordinating the Women's work, which includes leading a weekly Bible study for women and running a toddler and babies group.

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Cameron Bourne

Youth & Children's Worker

Cameron grew up in Hinckley, Leicestershire before studying and then completing the Ministry Training Scheme here at Christchurch Durham. Cameron joined the staff team at ChristChurch Durham in 2017, starting out in the Student Work. He now oversees our Children's and Youth Ministry. Cameron loves to see children and young people learning of Jesus and living boldly for Him. 

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Simeon Nichols

Assistant Student Worker

Simeon is our International Student Worker and runs iClub and iFocus and is responsible for the conversation classes that run at Christchurch.

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Sharon Stolle

Assistant Student worker

Sharon and her husband, Russ, moved to Durham from Texas recently. Together they have three grown children.  Sharon LOVES hot chocolate and talking about God with students.