Our staff team:
We are delighted that Rev Tim Meathrel has been appointed our new vicar and will start with us in September. Click here for more details.
Until then Johnny our Associate Vicar and Rachael our Operations Manager are working closely with Colin and Sarah our wardens and the PCC to lead the church forward in this time of transition.
Rev Johnny Douglas - Associate Vicar
Johnny has served in church life for many years with a passion for equipping people to be all that God wants them to be. Over the years he has continued to serve other churches and groups in discipleship and mission freelance roles. Prior to ordination he had a background in architecture, organisational management and church leadership. He has lived in Staffordshire and Essex before coming to London, though most of his growing up years were spent in Northern Ireland, and the accent still holds!
Seeing people flourish in life with Jesus is what gives him greatest satisfaction. So the goal of whole life discipleship applied in our lives is a passionate priority for him and part of the attraction in joining Emmanuel.
Johnny and his wife Julie share a blended family of four who live near and far. Julie is an adoption specialist with a local authority and loves to serve children and families, and together with Johnny loves serving in Northwood and beyond.
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Rev Helen Wilkinson - Associate Vicar Eastbury Church
Helen came to Northwood in 2008. She had been a teacher for many years, before the new century brought a fresh calling from God, and she was ordained in 2004. She was curate of St Nicolas, Newbury, in West Berkshire for four years, and then took up responsibility for Eastbury Church. She loves the theatre, art exhibitions, and films from the golden age of Hollywood, and enjoys holidays in the sun wherever there is plenty of history and art to explore.
Rachael Hutchins - Operations Manager
Rachael has spent most of her life in Surrey and Gloucestershire and would definitely call herself a country girl, but has now been living in or very near London since 2010. Before joining the Emmanuel staff team in April 2015 she spent 10 years working in church administration in two other churches - one in central London and one in Reigate, Surrey.
Rachael enjoys admin, organising, sorting things out and problem solving. In her own time she loves singing (and music in general), musicals, making things (when time allows), doing up her new house, Disney movies and summertime. She is married to Chris who is a freelance Locations Manager in the TV and film industry.
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Andrew Johnson - Youth Ministry Leader
Starting in August 2016 Andrew joins the staff team as the Youth Ministry Leader at Emmanuel. Andrew is 22 and recently graduated from De Montfort University where he studied English. He has been involved in leading youth, children or student work in different capacities for almost six years. Andrew recently got engaged and he and Louisa hope to get married next year. Andrew grew up in Emmanuel and spent a gap year with the youth department before going to university. Andrew knows the Church well and hopes to quickly get stuck in, serving the youth of Emmanuel.
Andrew loves playing board games and video games, watching films and writing poetry. You can often find him down at the local park playing Ultimate Frisbee, ask him about it!
Office phone: 01923845205
Christine Britton - Children's and Families Minister (job share)
Christine grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She has a deep love for Music, starting the drums at 8 and going on to learn the piano and the trumpet. Christine trained as a Podiatrist in Melbourne, and in 1998 decided to travel to London to "see the world". She worked as a podiatrist in the NHS for ten years and during that time went to Bible School where she met her husband, Malcolm. Malcolm is an Assistant Head Teacher at a local secondary school and they have three children - Austin, Ted and Annabel. Christine works as a peripatetic drum teacher at a local primary school, becoming their Music Specialist in 2012. She loves writing songs and cooking, especially desserts, and makes a mean chocolate pavlova.
As well as being employed 2.5 days a week as our Children's Minister (specifically focussing on schools work and Sundays) Christine heads up our Worship team.
Ruth Mugglestone - Children's and Families Minister (job share)
Ruth grew up in Northwood and has worshipped at Emmanuel her whole life! She met her husband, Mark, here and they live in Rickmansworth with their 3 children - Becca and Sarah, both primary school teachers, and Dan who is doing his A levels - as well as a crazy dog called Millie.
Ruth spent 13 years working as a teaching assistant in a local primary school. Alongside Sarah Altman, she has been involved on and off with the Children's ministry at Emmanuel over a number of years. Some of the things that make her happy are baking, snow, dog walks, sunny days and family times :)
Adam Poole - Pastoral Apprentice
Adam joined the team at the end of August 2016. Before this he was a member of Emmanuel whilst studying at LST, and graduated with a degree in Theology. Adam is keen to explore further ministry with us, and will serve across the breadth of church life in worship, pastoral care and preaching. He is also exploring ordination and will be linked to the wider diocesan structures whilst doing that.
His usual working days will be Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Lorraine Hall - Administrator
Lorraine has lived in the local area for over 30 years and Northwood for 13 of them.
After working as an Administrator in Further Education for many years, she enjoys the smaller, family atmosphere of the Emmanuel Office. The short five minute walk to work up the High Street also leaves her more time for her various hobbies, including gardening and quilting. She can turn her hand to many things, just don't ask her to sing - as a child she was allowed to remain in the school choir only on the understanding that she mimed!
Lorraine is married to Stephen, CEO of an educational charity, with one daughter, Sarah, who is a Government Communications Manager.
Siobhan Gale - Secretary
Although born in Germany, Siobhan has lived in the Northwood area nearly all her life. She has been worshipping at Emmanuel since 1984, and she met her husband Geoff here and was married here in 1990. Siobhan studied German and French at Birmingham University while squeezing in as much amateur dramatics as possible. After thirteen years of working in commercial environments she joined the office staff at Emmanuel in 2001. Amongst other things she enjoys singing, folk rock, landscape photography, Thai (or just about any) food and curling up with a glass of wine and a good book.
Alan Prior - Property Supervisor
A long-standing Northwood resident, Alan is our Property Supervisor - a job he fits into the odd hours between coaching Hillingdon Rovers ("He's too good to waste on the England team" FA press release), seeing Rovers win again - and again ("No point in playing them. We'd be bound to lose" A Ferguson) and planning for the next season's transfers.
Alan is married to Jean and they have two children.
Liz Chorley - Coffee Shop Manager
Liz Chorley was born and bred in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to London 15 years ago. She lives with her husband Duncan and two daughters Isabella and Freya, and loves being part of the Emmanuel and Northwood community.
Liz has been the running the Coffee Shop since September 2015 she is passionate about sharing faith and being proactive and visible in the community, welcoming people with good food and friendship. In her spare time she loves walking with her dog and exploring, feeding her friends and family and is a reluctant attender of the gym.
Hilary d'Ambrumenil - Toy Library Manager
Hilary grew up in Northwood. She initially attended Crusaders and then Emmanuel where she later married Charles. She and Charles have two daughters.
Hilary is a chartered librarian who has worked in both the public and private sectors; mainly concerned with education and training. She also has a long involvement with the voluntary sector.
On the first Sunday of the month, Hilary can be found in the Africa Lounge serving coffee.
Sarah Altman - Church warden
Sarah has lived in Northwood and the surrounding area all her life and knows and loves the community well. She is married to Neil and they have three mostly grown up children and one very friendly dog.
She has been a member at Emmanuel for 20 years and has been involved in all sorts of work within the church during that time.
As well as being church warden, Sarah heads up the families work at Emmanuel. Her passion has always been for families and children, and she enables this ministry and makes connections within the local community and families who live nearby.
Colin Sheppard - Church warden
Colin is married to Essie and they live in Chorleywood. He has been a member of Emmanuel for 50+ years and this is the third time he has served as church warden. During his time here he has served the church in many different capacities, including heading up the mission committee and the social justice team in recent years.
A property professional he guides many large and small organisations. He enjoys family, holidays, golf and reading.