St Bride's: Worship & Ministry

Who's Who At St Bride's

The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce

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Rector of St Bride's

Alison Joyce was born in West London, and grew up in Sussex. After reading Classics at University she trained for the ordained ministry in Oxford, at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Her Curacy was served in rural Oxfordshire; she then moved to Birmingham where she lectured in Christian Ethics and Anglican Studies at Queen's College (now The Queen's Foundation). She was Associate Priest at St Anne's Church, Moseley for a number of years, followed by a period on the staff of Birmingham Cathedral. In 2005 she took over as Priest-in-Charge (and subsequently Vicar) of Edgbaston Old Church, combining this post with the roles of Chaplain to Elmhurst School for Dance (the feeder school for Birmingham Royal Ballet), and Recognised Chaplain to the University of Birmingham. Between 1999 and 2014 she was Chaplain to the Community of St John the Divine, Alum Rock (the religious order featured in the television series 'Call the Midwife'). Alison has a lifelong passion for all things historical, and her book, Richard Hooker and Anglican Moral Theology, was published by OUP in 2012. She plays the cello for fun (and therapy!).

Alison is married to Paul, who is a Professor of Biblical Studies at King's College, London, and they have two adult daughters. She regards the post of Rector of St Bride's as being 'probably the most interesting job in the Church of England!'


The Reverend Dr Jeffrey Lake

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Assistant Curate (SSM)

Jeff was brought up in Swansea where he lived until leaving to study at the University of Exeter and later the University of Northern Colorado and University College Worcester. Jeff originally trained as a physical education teacher before moving into public health. He has twice worked abroad at a Methodist School in the Bahamas and later at the Singapore Health Promotion Board. He is currently a Public Health Consultant in the London Borough of Barnet and lives between London and Lewes.

Jeff's wife, Sandra, lecturers at the University of Brighton in teacher education specialising in children's literature. Jeff and Sandra met whilst they were both PhD students at Worcester. Sandra was raised in Fleet Street, her father having been the caretaker at Serjeants Inn. Their 'two centre' lifestyle presents challenges but they both greatly appreciate the cultural richness of London and the Sussex coast and countryside.

Jeff was brought up in the Church in Wales but drifted away before returning to the faith at an Ashram in Bangalore! He has trained for ministry at the South East Institute for Theological Education, attending classes at Southwark Cathedral. His sending church is St Laurence, Falmer.

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The Reverend Mark Fox

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Associate Priest

Mark was ordained into the Church of England by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, in St. Paul's Cathedral in 2013. He is a SSM and a Chaplain to the Guild of St. Bride.

He is currently the Chief Executive of The Business Services Association (BSA).

Mark is an Hon Commander in the Royal Navy and supports the Senior Service in a number of areas. This includes as an Advisor with the White Ensign Association.

He is a member of the board of London University's Birkbeck College's Centre For The Study Of British Politics And Public Life and sits on the Advisory Council of the Royal United Services Institute.

A Freeman of the City of London, Mark is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, The Linnean Society of London, and The Royal Geographical Society.

He holds degrees in theology from St. Mary's University and Oxford University. He has an M.Sc. in British Politics and Public Administration from Birkbeck.

Prior to the BSA Mark worked in politics and journalism. He trained with the NCTJ before working on two national newspapers.

Mark is married with two children.

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Dame Helen Fraser

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Churchwarden

Helen Fraser was appointed as a churchwarden in 2013. She has been a member of the congregation for 15 years, and joined the PCC in 2012. Her stepdaughter was married in St Bride's in 2000, and two of her step-grandchildren were christened here also. She spent most of her working career in book publishing, working for Collins, Reed Consumer Books and for thirteen years was managing director of Penguin Books in the UK. In 2010 she moved into a very different area, education, and is chief executive of The Girls' Day School Trust, the UK's twelfth largest charity, which educates 20,000 girls in 24 independent schools and 2 academies. In the 2010 New Years' Honours List Helen was awarded a CBE for services to publishing and in the 2017 list she was made a Dame for services to education.

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Christopher Betterton

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Churchwarden

Christopher Betterton was appointed churchwarden in 2017.

Christopher has been involved in the life and worship of St Bride's since coming to London to study in 1985, working initially as a part time verger and has continued to assist as one of the team of vergers.

Christopher has been PCC Secretary for three periods since the 1990s, and has served in this post most recently since 2012.

In 2015 Christopher was appointed Deputy Marshal of the Guild of St Bride and took over responsibility for managing the Sunday church rota, arranging a team of about 80 volunteers who act as chalice assistants, ushers, readers and sidesmen at services. Christopher is also a member of the Sunday intercessions rota and has been responsible for the rota since 2004.

Away from St Bride's, Christopher has worked for the Church Commissioners for England since 1988, and is currently Investment Operations Manager within the Securities investment team, working to ensure that the strategy agreed by the Assets Committee is fully implemented.

Christopher likes to travel and spends as much time as possible in the North East of England.

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Peter Silver

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Churchwarden Emeritus

As the eldest son of a Camera Operator on the News Chronicle, I followed in my father's footsteps and became an apprentice with St Clements press, the commercial arm of the FT Group, in the shadow of St Paul's. Years later, as Marketing Director on the board of a leading typesetters, process engravers and printers in Clerkenwell, John Swain & Son and as Chairman of the Publicity Club of London, I read a lesson in the Publicity Carol Service (under the tutelage of the late Trevor Turner).

I fell under St Bride's spell and have become increasingly involved in the life of the church and its community, utilising my energy previously expended on chairing charity fundraising activities. As a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper makers I was married at St Bride's in 2003 and joined the Guild in 2004, often assisting at memorial services. Today I am also the Chairman of the Governors of the St Bride Foundation and a Trustee of St Bride's Media Trust.

As a Churchwarden I want to maintain and strengthen the ties between the Church and Foundation, ensure we continue to embrace our role as the 'spiritual home' of Fleet Street and also welcome the new professions that occupy the old newspaper offices and pressrooms of the past.

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Sir David Bell

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Master of the Guild of St Bride

Sir David Bell is the Master of the Guild of St Bride. Sir David, a former Church Warden rose from being Washington Correspondent of the Financial Times to Chairman in 1996. Since then, he has held many senior and executive positions in public life and was the major force behind the building of the pedestrian bridge spanning the River Thames, known originally as the wobbly bridge.

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James Irving

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Head of Operations

I came to St Bride's on a temporary contract in September 1991, my task being to re-organise the church's accounts. I augmented this project with cleaning and administrative duties and continued to do so until becoming Administrator in 1995.

Since then, my role has expanded greatly to include revenue and capital fundraising, preparing and delivering high-profile memorial services, carol services and concerts, dealing with charity governance and liaison with our media and corporate supporters. Although finance is my background, however, the most rewarding part of the job has always been the human side, and I take great pride in thinking of St Bride's as a source of support throughout my life, where I have celebrated my Confirmation, Wedding and our childrens' Baptism.

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Claire Seaton

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Administrator

As Administrator, my main role is to coordinate the day to day running of the Church. This job ranges from booking and organising weddings to sewing up choir gowns. My desk is the first point of call for any enquiry and if I can't deal with it I will direct you to the person who can.

My career at St Bride's began when, as a Post Graduate singing student at the Royal Academy of Music, I became a choir deputy. After a few years a vacancy opened up and I was given the job. I am still a member of the choir and a large part of my administrative duties involve the musical side of the church.

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Josh Delia

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Verger

Since finishing studies at the University of Birmingham I have had the pleasure of working at St Bride's as one of the verging team, a job where no two days are exactly the same! One moment I will be up on the roof gathering leaves, another I'll be posting shop orders and the next I'll be helping to lead worship and greeting visitors.

Outside of St Bride's my interests include music of various genres, philosophy, theology and baking.

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