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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The Bishop

Bishop Martin Morrison

Bishop Martin Morrison from REACH South Africa is our Bishop. He visits us annually and oversees the ministry at Christchurch

The Council of Reference

The Council of Reference is an external body that assists the Trustees in the apointment of Trustees and the Senior Minister.

Chair of Council of Reference

Melvin Tinker

Chair of Council of Reference

Vicar of St John Newland since 1994, Melvin read Theology at Oxford University and trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall. He has previously been curate at Wetherby Parish Church, Chaplain to Keele University and vicar of All Hallows, Cheadle.

As well as speaking around the country and abroad, Melvin is the author of over sixty published articles dealing with a  wide range of subjects relating to ethics and theology. He is also the author of several books, including, 'Why do bad things happen to good people?' (CFP), 'Reclaiming Genesis' (Monarch) and 'Intended for Good- The Providence of God' (IVP) and 'What Do You Expect? Ecclesiastes for Today' (Evangelical Press).

Church Wardens and Trustees

The Rev'd David Gibb


Rev. David Gibb was Vicar of St Andrew’s Church in Leyland, the north of England for 17 years He is married to Claire and has 3 teenage daughters: Rebekah, Hannah and Esther. Before working in Leyland, David was on the staff of St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford, and studied at The London School of Theology and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He has been involved in the North West Partnership of Churches—a network committed to training church planters and gospel workers and is also an Honorary Canon of Blackburn Cathedral. Recently, David has contributed articles to a new NIV Study Bible, and is presently completing a book on Revelation and writing another on the prophet Hosea, and he now works for Blackburn Diocese.

Bob Mole

Church Warden/Trustee

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.

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 oversees and looks after all the financial, legal, practical and logistical aspects of running Christchurch.  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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David Kellagher

Assistant Minister

David is married to Sarah and father to Bethia. He first came to Christchurch as a student in Durham in the 2000s, and after spending a decade in London moved back to Durham this year to help lead the morning congregation.  David helps oversee our local congregation, our men's ministry, evangelism and runs the youth work.

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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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Sharon Stolle

Assistant Minister (Students)

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.

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