Rector – The Reverend Canon David Hodgson
Originally from West Yorkshire, David came to Wokingham with his family in 1997, after working as both industrial chaplain to Harlow and parish priest of 2 Essex villages. He and his wife Lorraine have also lived and worked in East Africa. David wants to see All Saints Church grow as a place where everyone continues to feel welcome.
Associate Priest designate – The Reverend Hannah Higginson
The next Associate Priest at All Saints Church will be The Reverend Hannah Higginson. Hannah has been Assistant Curate in the Parish of Finchampstead and California following her ordination in July 2014. Originally from Crowthorne, Hannah trained for ordination in Oxford for two years, having done a theology degree at Cardiff University prior to that. Hannah enjoys strategic board games, films, amateur astronomy and is also a big football fan. She is married to Matt and they have a baby daughter Elizabeth Grace. Hannah will be on maternity leave until October 2018.
Honorary Priest – The Reverend Colin James
Colin came to All Saints in 1966, becoming a Reader three years later. After early retirement as an education officer with the County Council, he trained further and became a Priest. He is particularly interested in developing a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.
Authorised Lay Preacher – John Boylan
John is the Authorised Lay Preacher at All Saints. He is a PCC member , on the Steering Group of our parish’s engagement in Partnership for Missional Church, and amongst other roles also sings in the Church Choir.
Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator – Tom Lochhead
Tom Lochhead is our new volunteer Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, following on from David Chapman who has moved away. Tom brings to the role his considerable gifts of discernment, as well as his skill and experience from his professional life in social work. Tom works with our other volunteer Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Judi Arnold, who is also our Children’s Advocate.
Parish Administrator – Sheena Kitto
Sheena joins the Parish Office team on 9th July as Parish Administrator. Sheena writes: “I arrive at All Saints Parish after a 21-year career with an international construction and support services company where I worked in HR, Office Management and, most recently Building Management. Originally from Durham, I moved to Wokingham where I lived for 37 years until a recent move to Warfield. Our first home was in Peach Street and my daughter attended Palmer and St Crispins schools. My early career was in the caring sector, nursing and working with children and adults with learning difficulties. My community interests are varied, including volunteering as a member of a befriending scheme for the elderly. I am very much looking forward to my new position supporting the Parish and its diverse community and hope that my skills and experience can add value to the Team.
Office Assistant – Janet Alp
Janet writes: “I started work as the Office Assistant on the 26 March 2018. I’m originally from the Midlands and moved to Berkshire in 1987.
For some reason, I became a ‘lapsed’ Christian although still attending Midnight Communion at Christmas at St James Finchampstead.
I started worshipping at All Saints 2008. David was the only minister in Wokingham who would agree to bless my daughter’s marriage without condition. He has always been very supportive of my family’s needs. I previously worshipped at St Mary’s Cottingham and before that St Andrews Cheadle Hulme.
I am enjoying my role in the office and it’s very interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes, I had no idea how diverse and busy it was.”
Director of Music – Mr Richard Smith BMus(hons), ARCM, ARCO(dipChD), LTCL
Richard has been Director of Music at All Saints Church since 2012. He took his undergraduate studies in organ and harpsichord at Birmingham University and Birmingham Conservatoire and his postgraduate studies in Munich and Bremen. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the RCO’s John Brook Prize for Choral Conducting. Alongside a busy freelance career as a conductor he was the Director of a cathedral-based choral education programme, the Liturgical Music Courses, from 2007 until 2013 and the artistic director of the Wokingham Concerts project from 2011 until 2016.
Youth Worker – Jason Bowles
Jason is the Youth and Children’s Worker at All Saints. He came to Wokingham after living and worshipping in Harrow for many years. He has a great deal of experience leading youth and children’s groups at his previous church and has mentored young people in Care of the local authority. He is happy to admit to never having really grown up and still enjoys having fun! Jason is keen to work with young people who are already ‘churched’ and those who are yet to find God – in fact any young person who wishes to get involved with youth and children’s activities in Wokingham. He is always open to suggestions and ideas for projects and initiatives.