Staff Team

Tom has come from Yeovil, in Somerset, where he was the Associate Minister at St John’s and St Andrew’s as well as the Chaplain at the 6th Form College. He is married to Anna, they have three children Ellie, Sam & Abbie, plus Clemmie, the Labrador who is already enjoying the walks. Tom became a Christian at a young age when he learnt that God’s loving offer of forgiveness was for all. He trained for ordination at Oak Hill in North London and was a Curate in Kirk Ella & Willerby, two villages just outside Hull.

Rev Canon Andrew Wingfield Digby, has recently retired from being Vicar of St Andrews in North Oxford - a thriving evangelical church in the University city. Previously he received some notoriety as the founding Director of Christians in Sport for whom he worked from 1980 to 2002. Andrew and his wife Sue live in Asthall Leigh with their eldest grandson Josh.

Oliver was born in Oxford and brought up in Wales. He came to faith in Oxford after having moved back to do a post-grad degree in Slavonic languages. He was a Primary School teacher around Oxfordshire, then moved to Windsor after marrying Lucie and taught in Slough. He went on to train for ministry at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. Oliver is a philologist – a lover of words and a lover of the Word. He is interested in Biblical languages and wants to help people love Jesus! He enjoys walking and is a fan of American Football.

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 retirement he still leads the Swinbrook @ 11 congregation. Alex has played sport all his life, although golf has now replaced rugby.

Cedric 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 was 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. 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 the benefice.

On retirement after a lifetime in education and research John trained as a Licensed Lay Minister (LLM) and was licensed in 2000, becoming an Archdeaconry Advisor for LLMs in 2008. He sees his calling as one to share the teaching and preaching of Christ's Gospel in the various parishes of the Benefice, where his wife and he have lived for 31 years.

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. Jo loves playing competitive board games with her family and running across muddy fields with her dog!  

Ben grew up in a devoted Methodist family in Surbiton and John Wesley is still his greatest hero. After marrying Clare, the family attended Emmanuel, Wimbledon for 25 years, before moving to Witney. Ben worked mainly in the print and paper industry and then spent seven years running Richmond Christian Holidays. Ben sometimes plays in the band, is also on the Outreach team and loves leading either Christianity or Life Explored.  “Oh to see my name written in the wounds”, “Land me safe on Canaan’s side” and “from life’s first cry to final breath Jesus commands my destiny” are some of his favourite lyrics. Luke 17:10 is Ben’s favourite verse.

Tarnia moved to Brackley when she was eight. Although she was not brought up in a Christian family, she became involved in her local church and began bellringing when she was 15, however it was during a trip to South Africa in 2009 she became a Christian. Tarnia has two children, Taylor and Lelani. In her spare time, she can be found singing in her band, or taking her dog on walks across fields.  

Rachel grew up in Dorset before moving to Cambridge to study Engineering.  After graduating she spent twelve years working as a Structural Engineer, before joining the St John’s staff team at the start of 2018, managing the bookings for the Church and Warwick Hall. She lives in Bourton-on-the-Water with her husband Tim and their three children.  

After a career in publishing and a working interest in women’s complementary health and wellbeing, Lynnette finally and conclusively heeded the intention for her life to serve as a Verger of St John the Baptist. Lynnette’s life motto is pretty urbane:
Be Grateful
Eat more vegetables
Love God

After taking early retirement from a life in book publishing Stephen looked for something useful and interesting to do. When the church announced a vacancy for a verger he felt God's call to do it. He says: “Being a verger in such a beautiful building is a privilege and appeals to my love of history and heritage. But the thing that I enjoy most is speaking to visitors, not only about the building but also about the Christian faith and Jesus who I believe is the Way, the Truth and the Life." 

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. They have three married children and eight grandchildren.

Jane trained as an Interior Designer and worked for many years for an Architectural Practice in Plymouth. She became a committed Christian through the House Church movement of the 1970s. Initially she was involved in charismatic churches but became a member of an Anglican church in Cornwall 15 years ago.  In 2014 she and her husband Gareth, a Textile Designer, moved to the village of Fifield to be both nearer their family and Burford Church. Shortly after moving Gareth went to be with his Lord. Jane is an active member of the church with a heart for prayer and worship.