Meet the Team


Leading the clergy team we have The Rector, The Reverend John Barron. The main responsibility of our clergy is to minister to the spiritual needs of the parish, including leading worship, teaching and helping people to mark major life events.

Retired Ministers

We are luckily enough to benefit from the ministry of two retired ministers who support the Rector and curate in leading services and spiritual needs of the Parish.


We also have licensed members of our congregation called Readers who teach, lead worship and help with activity groups and pastoral work. Readers can also minister at funerals and help those who are bereaved.

Authorised Pastoral Assistants

Visiting and caring for people, not just in church, but throughout the community is a central part of the life of the church. Some of our members are specially trained to carry out this work supporting the clergy as Authorised Pastoral Assistants.

Church Wardens

The Church Wardens share with the Rector the responsibility for the everyday running of St Michael’s.

Parochial Church Council

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is responsible along with The Rector for promoting the mission of the Church – pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical – as well as maintaining the church buildings.

Director of Music
George Peebles

Church Administrator
Philippa Elsey

PCC Treasurer
Sue Bradley


PCC Secretary
Angela Slater

Safeguarding Officer
Ali Young 07532036026 /



The Church’s Community Outreach project based next to Houghton Library in Newbottle Street.  The Co-ordinator is Justine Merton-Scott