Russell Herbert
Rev Dr Russell Herbert

Russell is the Superintendent Minister for the Gordano Valley Circuit. He has specific responsibility in Clevedon for Kenn Road Methodist Church and is on the team at Christchurch Methodist-Anglican Partnership. He is married to Tamara and they have three children.

Russell felt a strong call to ministry when he was just 17, following life-changing experiences of the Holy Spirit. He studied theology before serving as a youth worker in Essex and then a lay pastoral worker in Newton Abbot. Before coming to Clevedon in 2007 he served eight years as a minister in the Ringsash Circuit in mid-Devon.

Russell has a passion for renewal and evangelism among all ages. He says: "Every Christian should have a 'whole-life faith', in which everything is based on a personal relationship with God."

Clive & Mandy Jennings

Rev Clive Jennings

Clive is married to Mandy and they have two adult children. He has leadership responsibility for Christchurch L.E.P.within the United Benefice Anglican team.

Clive was a police officer for 23 years serving in many exciting spheres of policing when a powerful encounter with the power of the Holy Spirit arrested his attention, a bit of a Damascus Road experience. As a result he had a dramatic and unexpected call to full time ordained ministry. Ask him to share his story with you, he will tell you he didn't give in easily yet as the great boxer Joe Lewis once said ' you can run but you can't hide' and that was certainly his experience.

He trained locally at Trinity College Bristol and after a short Curacy in Weston Super Mare he was asked to return to Christ Church which was then an Anglican Church and together with his longstanding Methodist friend the Revd Tim Daniel and with two very encouraging and supportive congregations they saw the vision of one Church, Christchurch Methodist / Anglican Ecumenical Partnership take shape and birthed into life.

Clive has an energy and passion to meet people where they are and encourage them into a deep personal and living relationship with Jesus. 'I am a very practical person, I know my roots and I know from my own experience that nothing is impossible with God'.

Kate Dommett

Kate Dommett

Kate is married to Pete and they have 3 children Martha, Will and Tom. She has been coordinating the work with children, young people and young families at Christchurch since Sept 2012. Prior that she was a primary school teacher.

When asked about her job Kate said 'it is a privilege and a real joy doing the work I do. I love it! I meet so many amazing families and young people in so many different contexts. I have the opportunity to go into schools in our community and work with the other youth workers in the town doing projects together. I am so excited about all that God is doing in our community and believe that the church is an integral part of that.'

Donna and Dave

Donna Wilkie

Hi, I'm Donna and I'm married to Dave we also have a wonderful daughter.

I came to faith in my mid twenties, my faith was sealed when I had a powerful experience of the Holy Spirit. My previous background is that of planning and engineering, working both for the public and private sector.

I'm the curate at Christchurch and love being part of the community here. There are so many wonderful people: the parents and little ones at toddler groups; the young people in the schools, and all the faithful saints in the church here.

I feel very blessed to be part of this community. I view community and relationships as very important as well as prayer to impact ourselves and the community around us. I'm excited and expectant as to what God wants to do here and is indeed already doing here and I want to be part of that.

I believe in the bigness of God, including when that breaks through to our experience of signs, miracles and wonders. But I also want to see God in the smaller things 'do not despise the day of small beginnings' (Zech 4:10), giving thanks for these and experiencing the joy of them.

Will Alvarez

Will Alvarez

I have just finished my degree in Environmental Science and despite my previous ambition to do a Masters in Sustainability Science in Sweden this September, God clearly had other ideas and I am now doing a year long youth ministry internship at Christchurch! I have to admit this did come quite out of the blue and am still trying to work out why God has put me here, although I know I will just have to trust patiently and see what God has in store for me as this year enfolds! The only thing I know is that I will keep listening to what the Holy Spirit wants me to do and obey it straight away, hopefully to stop me getting into a mess like Jonah was in! I think it would be quite inconvenient if I were to be swallowed by a fish. I pray that God blesses the youth here at Christchurch throughout this year and that we can all grow in faith together... and if anyone ever fancies a game of table tennis, I am always ready for a challenge!

Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor

Michelle is an Ordinand and will be doing her church placement here at Christchurch for the next 2 years whilst training at Trinity College Bristol. She has carried a call to ordination since she was 15 years old and spent the last 30 years ministering in local churches and fresh expressions as well as leading Schools ministry, women ministry, prayer ministry, mentoring, preaching and teaching.
She is passionate about helping people to grow in intimacy with Christ and thankful to Him that He never tells us we're too old to serve Him! She has also been a secondary school Drama teacher and has been married to Nigel for the past 20 years. Together they live in Portishead with their 4 wonderful teenagers and a naughty cockapoo.

Jay Niblett

J. Niblett

Hello! We are the Niblett family (J, Laura, Zachary, Esther and Simeon). We've been asked to give a few words about us as a family, we are probably a normal enough 3 kid family running in multiple directions at all times but generally having a good time. Our kids are lush, standard parent comment, but they really are great and we promise they will make you smile. We aren't too bad either, we love Jesus, are fairly travelled, enjoy spending time with people and un-ashamably at this stage in life call binge watching a series on amazing prime with a curry a date night. Although we will be living in Shirehampton we hope we will become part of the church family and serve as partners with you in the Gospel.

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