Meet the new congregations team

The New Congregations team supports parishes in creating and developing new worshipping communities. Find contact details and more information below.

Headshot of Bishop Steven CroftThe Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft

Bishop of Oxford & Senior Responsible Officer

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Bishop Steven is the diocesan or most senior bishop in the diocese and has pastoral care of the two deaneries of Oxford and Cowley.

Andrew Anderson-Gear

Director of Mission and Ministry

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Rhodri Bowen

Parish Development Adviser (Berkshire Area)

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The Revd Charles Chadwick

Parish Development Adviser (Dorchester Area)

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Emma Firth

New Congregations Project Manager


Emma joined the Team in September 2022 and is an ordinand, training part-time at Ripon College Cuddesdon. She is a Chartered Accountant and has an HR qualification. Over the past 15 years, she has worked mainly in the not-for-profit sector. Her previous ministry experience has included a focus on families, children and young people.

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Sarah Flashman

New Congregations Programme Manager


Sarah brings experience of both pioneer and diverse parish ministry. Her most recent post was as chaplain at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Sarah is leading the team efforts to support parishes as they recognise the treasure they already have and see how to take the next step towards growing new congregations and launching greenhouses across the diocese.

The Revd Sue Hughes

Sue Hughes in front of the yurt churchNew Congregations Consultant


Sue joined the team in August 2022 as a mission supporter, coming alongside leaders of new congregations who are growing through the missional journey. Sue is a pioneer priest and curate in Bucks, and often describes herself as 'learning to lead from the workshop.' Sue leads a new worshipping and missional community who meet in a yurt and she keenly supports and enables others in discipleship, leadership and mission.

Headshot of Mike MoynaghThe Revd Mike Moynagh

New Congregations Consultant


Mike has been part-time with the programme since 2019 and provides real expertise on new congregations. Mike has written numerous books on this, including The 21st Century Christian, and consults widely on new forms of church.

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Liza Thompson

Project Support Assistant


We recently welcomed Liza to the Diocese of Oxford New Congregations team - stay tuned for more about Liza, coming soon!

Page last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2023 10:36 AM

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