Who's Who

Staff Team

Rev’d Rob Brown

Associate Minister

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

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Sharon Stolle

Assistant Minister (Students)

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

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David Kellagher

Assistant Minister

David is married to Sarah and father to Bethia and Leah. He first came to Christchurch as a student in Durham in the 2000s, and after spending a decade in London moved back to Durham in 2020 to help lead the local congregation.  

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Alison Barratt

Assistant Minister (Women and Children)

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 coordinating the Women's work and the Children's Work, which includes leading a weekly Bible study for women and running a toddler and babies group and overseeing all our Sunday and mid-week children's groups.

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Sophie Herd

Church Administrator

Sophie has been a member at Christchurch since 2018 and joined the staff team as an administrator in November 2021. Sophie's married to Steve and they have two children. Sophie helps manage bookings of the church and works with the treasurer to make sure our finances in order.

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Anna Willcocks

Church Administrator

Anna joined Christchurch back in 2009, having moved over from Hong Kong to study. Since then she married Chris and they've had two children together. She joined the staff team in November 2021 and does many things to enable church to function, including our DBS checks.

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Our church is served by a number of graduates who stay on for a year or two to get experiences of full-time church ministry. Our current Associates are:

Peter Liu


Hannah Daymond


Standing Committee

Our staff team works under the Standing Committee, which has responsibility for the governance of the church. You can contact them by emailing: standingcommittee@christchurchdurham.org. Current members of the Standing Committee are:

Mike Clark


Mike is married to Rachel and they've been members at Christchurch since 2016. Born and raised in Durham, Mike is Head of Emergency Planning and Response at the RVI in Newcastle. He joined as Treasurer in November 2021 and keeps our finances in check.

Steve Herd

Church Warden

Steve and his family have been worshipping at Christchurch Durham since 2018. He is married to Sophie and they have two children. Steve has been a Church Warden since December 2021 and has specific responsibility for Health & Safety.  

Bob Mole

Church Warden

Bob has been a member of Christchurch since 2006 and served as Treasurer from 2008 – 2014. He was appointed as Trustee in 2019. Bob’s career background is in Financial Services employed in Human Resources management positions in the UK, USA, Middle East and Asia.  Whilst oversees he served in treasurer and warden roles in St. Christopher’s cathedral in Bahrain and Holy Trinity church in Dubai.

Bob is married to Susan and has three children, Simon, Emma and Antonia.