The Ministry Team

 Gareth MillerThe Rev’d Gareth Miller

Gareth became Rector in February 2017, having served previously in the Blenheim Benefice. He has been ordained for over thirty years, but has also spent time working with people with severe learning difficulties and is a trained Relate Counsellor (though not available to people living in the benefice area). He lives in the Rectory in Kirtlington, but is available to people throughout our parishes. In his spare time he enjoys music, travel, reading and family history.


Brian WoodThe Rev’d Brian Wood (Associate Minister)

Brian joined us in 2012 from the neighbouring Blenheim Benefice where he had a special responsibility for Shipton on Cherwell. He has practised as an Architect and been a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. Brian and his wife Erica and son Pete live in the Rectory at Chesterton with their cat Princess.


Joanna Clifford

 Joanna Clifford (Children and Families Work Coordinator)

 Joanna heads up the work across the benefice for children and families, including Messy Church and the annual Holiday  Club. She is a secondary-school English teacher and lives with her husband, Paul (see below) in Kirtlington. They have two  grown-up daughters and two grand-children.


Paul Clifford

 Paul Clifford (Licensed Lay Minister)

Paul recently retired as Managing Director of a publishing house in Oxford, having also previously worked  for Oxfam. In addition to taking services and preaching, Paul leads a fortnightly fellowship group in Kirtlington and enjoys acting.


 jocroppJo Cropp (Licensed Lay Minister)

Jo has spent almost all her working life as a ballet teacher, running her own ballet school in London. In  addition to  taking  services and preaching, Jo plays the guitar and sings in a semi-professional choir. She  lives in Middleton  Stoney.


The Rev’d Michael White (Retired Priest)blob

In July 2015 Mike joined the team as a retired Church of England priest. He and Doreen moved to Chesterton in June 2015 from Fawley Parish on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. Mike previously held a post in the Shelswell Benefice, north of Bicester, and is well equipped to deal with our 7 rural parishes. In his spare time he is on the U3A committee and leads a Ukulele group.


Kevin Lovell (Licensed Lay Minister)

Kevin joined the team after moving to Wendlebury in spring 2017. He previously ministered in parishes in Berkshire, where he worked in the Learning & Development industry. Despite growing up in the West Country, this is Kevin’s first experience of village life – and it’s alright! He enjoys walking, music, and has an on/off relationship with DIY.


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