If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:11
Richard Coombs, Vicar
After a Psychology degree at Durham and Theology degree in Cambridge, Richard served curacies at Christchurch, Cockfosters and St Helens, Bishopgate. He has been Vicar of Burford since 1998. Richard is passionate about seeing the church flourish and grow in rural parishes. He has an interest in theological education, serving as a selector on Bishops' Advisory Panels, a council member of Wycliffe Hall and a trainer of curates and theology students. Richard is married to Nicola and they have four children: Rebecca, Charlie, Ben and Jack. Richard enjoys reading, theatre, films and music. He is most at home walking his dog around his Cotswold parishes.
Robert Wainwright, Curate
Robert went to school in Scotland but never picked up the accent. He read history and had a lot of fun at St John’s College, Durham, and then carried on as a postgraduate student at Christ Church, Oxford. His doctorate was on the sixteenth-century Reformation. After travelling across America, up and down Italy, and around Turkey, he read theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and was awarded the Denyer & Johnson and St Catherine of Alexandria Prizes. He was ordained in 2015. He likes reading classic novels, walking – usually uphill – and spending time with his friends.
Alex Ross, Associate Vicar
Alex lives in Bradwell Village with his wife Lynne. He was a salesman for 7 years during which time he became a Christian and was ordained in 1975. He subsequently served as a vicar in Basingstoke, Brighton and London - something he describes as the best job in the world: being paid to talk about Jesus Christ. After being diagnosed with a tumour he was advised to retire early; however in retirment he still preaches at Burford as well as working part time as an associate tutor at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Alex has played sport all his life, although golf has now replaced rugby and he is a regular at Burford Golf Club. Alex and Lynne have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Cedric Reavley, Associate Vicar
Cedric Reavley is a member of a Christian family, has always lived in Burford and has worshipped throughout his life at the Parish Church. Cedric's grandfather bought the pharmacy in the High Street in 1918 and Cedric is now the third generation of pharmacists to serve the town. As a member of the congregation, he has sung in the choir, played the organ, edited the Parish Magazine, served on the PCC and been a Churchwarden. However, in the year 2000, he came to realise that God was calling him to another ministry, and Cedric was ordained in 2005 to continue working for God in these parishes.
Becca Wells - Youth Worker
Becca is Irish born and moved to England when she went to Exeter University to study law. There she met her husband Chris and spent a year after university volunteering with the Titus Trust based in Oxford, a charity that works in schools. She is most happy when reading a good book, doing something artsy, drinking tea, preventing the extinction of letter writing and cycling (not all at once!). She loves a good pun and enjoys a daily dose of chocolate. Becca has been a Christian since childhood and loves opening the bible with young people here in Burford.
Jo Vickers, Part-time Childrens' Ministry Coordinator
Jo taught at a boys prep school in Wandsworth, London, before moving to Shipton Under Wychwood in 2003 with her husband Tim. They have three children, Anna, Toby and Tessa. Tim, Jo and the children have spent the last five summers in Europe whilst Tim runs IFES Bible and Culture - a four week training course for young graduates across Europe and Eurasia. Back home, Jo loves playing competitive board games with her family and running across muddy fields with her dog!
Tom Feather - Ministry Trainee
Tom grew up in Bristol until he was 12 at which point his family moved to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where his parents taught at a Christian international school for 5 years. He came back to the UK for 6th form before studying Civil Engineering at the University of Southampton. Since then, he has worked for the Navigators (a discipleship ministry) and Iwerne (Christian holidays for 13-18 year-olds). He really enjoys looking at the Old Testament in particular with the youth group and seeking to see the world more and more as Jesus does. On days off, he will be cycling across the English countryside, exploring old railway lines or playing cricket.
Andy Webb - Verger
Andy Webb originates from South Africa where he was involved in several businesses, before semi-retiring to Plettenberg Bay on the southern Cape coast. He and his wife Sandy decided to take a "gap year" in 2013 to visit their son and daughter-in-law in the Cotswolds and to travel in the UK and Europe generally. He really enjoys the position of Verger - interacting with visitors and tourists and relishing in the history of the wonderful church building. In his spare time he enjoys sport, reading and exploring the great outdoors. He loves everything English but really misses the sun and beaches of South Africa.
Andrew is semi-retired from a career managing health services in England and advising on health management across the UK and overseas. He has also been a director and trustee of a number of charities including for 17 years of Rock UK a Christian provider of residential activity centres for children and young people.
Andrew and his wife, Judith, moved to Burford in 2010. He has been chairman of the Warwick Hall Project Team since 2012 and has led one of the church’s home groups. They have three married children and eight grandchildren.
Susanna was born in Ghana and spent her early years abroad, returning to the UK at the age of 12. She studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford before marrying Chris and moving to Kuwait. After the first Gulf war they returned to the UK for a few years. Having developed a love of the Arab world, they both returned to the Middle East, this time to Lebanon and with the addition of their two small children, Sam and Chloe. She spent the next 16 years living in either the Bekaa Valley, where she had her third child Josh, or Beirut, joining her husband in the work of A Rocha, a Christian charity involved in conservation, environmental education and sustainable development. She returned with her family to the UK in 2009 and currently works as a teacher at Kitebrook, a Prep school in Gloucestershire. In her spare time she likes to travel, keep fit, read, listen to music and dance salsa.