The New Congregations team supports parishes in creating and developing new worshipping communities. Find contact details and more information below.
The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey
Archdeacon of Oxford & Senior Responsible Officer
01865 208 263
Jonathan is the Archdeacon of Oxford, a senior role in the diocese, and joined the programme in 2020, succeeding Martin Gorick in championing new congregations.
The Revd Will Donaldson
Director of New Congregations
01865 208 746
Will has significant church planting experience, having formed new worshipping communities in Bristol and London.
Will leads the New Congregations programme for the Diocese of Oxford, which includes seven Resourcing Hubs, supported by diocesan and Church Commissioners funding, as well as the Greenhouse initiative, which aims to grow new congregations of all shapes and sizes in every deanery.
New Congregations Enabler
Sarah joined the team in February 2021, bringing plenty of experience of both pioneer and diverse parish ministry. Her most recent post was as chaplain at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Sarah brings energy and strong pastoral gifts to the team. She 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.
New Congregations Team Administrator
01865 208 779
Denise joined the team in January 2021, having worked previously as administrator for a number of organisations, most recently the University of Oxford.
New Congregation Project Manager
Steve joined the team in August 2021 to provide maternity leave cover for Hannah, bringing 27 years’ experience in project and programme management in public and private sector organisations.
The 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.