People

Although certain people have been appointed to serve the church in specific ways, we actually have around 150 ministers at Magdalen Road. We encourage every person in the church to use their unique gifts and experiences to serve one another and the wider community. In our life together we aim to imitate Christ in speech, love and service, so that we may nurture one another towards Christian maturity.
 

Staff

   
Dan Steel - Pastor

The Steel family arrived in Oxford in 2011. Dan is a native Oxonian and he and Zoe arrived at Magdalen Road having planted Grace Church in Birmingham. They have four children (Ellie, Barney, Josh and Abi).  Any time he's not running around after his children Dan would like to be doing something sporty or eating ice cream at G&D's.

Contact Dan.

 
Steel family 2018
Phil Bailey - Assistant Pastor
Phil, Megan and Clara arrived in Oxford in August 2020, after studies at Oak Hill College. They are enjoying meeting people and getting stuck in as much as social distancing permits! Phil leads the Connect group for late teens, students and young adults, and will support Dan with preaching, pastoral care and other needs as they arise. They look forward to getting acquainted with Oxford's live music scene when it resumes and exploring the Cotswolds and Chilterns.

Contact Phil
 
  Bailey family (small)
Kitty Brittenden - Pastoral Worker
Kitty Brittenden fulfils her role as pastoral worker/mobiliser in which she mainly pastorally trains and equips the church family of MRC, whilst also engaging in pastoral work herself. Kitty works with leaders of different church ministries and activities, building a pastoral support team and helping to create a culture where we all care for one another as the body of Christ. Kitty is linked to Biblical Counselling UK (BCUK), part of a growing network of church care and counselling throughout the country.

Contact Kitty
 
 
Kitty Brittenden
Matt Hutchings - Trainee Pastor

Having grown up in Cumbria, Matt moved to London to live and study for nearly a decade, before getting married and moving to Oxford in 2014, at which point Matt and Charlotte joined Magdalen Road Church.  Since then two daughters (Matilda and Arrietty) have come along.  After 8 years of teaching, Matt joined the MRC staff team as a trainee pastor in September 2019, studying part-time with Crosslands and overseeing the children's work alongside general preaching and pastoral work.  Matt remains a big reader and enjoys a good walk/bike ride in his spare time.

Contact Matt
 

  Matt Hutchings
Hannah Langley - Administrator
Hannah has just returned from maternity leave to continue her role as Church Administrator. Married to Jon, they have two delightful children Abigail and Zachary.

Contact Hannah
 
  Langleys

Elders

The overall leadership and direction of the church is the responsibility of our elders, who meet regularly to discuss and pray for all aspects of the life of the church. 

The elders are Dan Steel, Matt Hutchings and:
 
Charlie Currie

Charlie has been in Oxford since studying Physics as an undergraduate from 1998 to 2002, and has been part of Magdalen Road Church since 2003.  He teaches Physics A level in a school in North Oxford. Charlie and Ruth live just off the Cowley road, with their daughters Esther and Chloe, and occasional lodgers. Ruth is a Social Worker, based in Abingdon. Outside of teaching Charlie nurtures gentle obsessions with science fiction, board games, and bad cinema.

  Charlie Currie
Andrew Anderson

Andrew was ordained into the ministry of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) in 1981 and served at Greenside Parish Church in the east end of Edinburgh for thirty years. He and his wife Hazel retired to Oxford in 2012 and joined Magdalen Road Church in 2013. Andrew is presently Chaplain at the Oxford Centre for Missiion Studies in the Woodstock Road. He and Hazel have two married sons and four grandchildren.

  Andrew Anderson

Deacons

Deacons are appointed by the church to lead specific ministries. They have responsibility for the day-to-day management of their particular ministries under the leadership of the elders.
 
Jon Langley - Finance

Jon and his wife, Hannah, have been part of Magdalen Road Church since 2012, and currently live in Abingdon with their daughter, Abigail.
Jon works in fundraising for Church Mission Society and Hannah works part time as the Administrator here at church. Jon appreciates a nice glass of wine and is a big fan of spreadsheets!
 

 
Jon Langley
Catherine Weston - World Mission
Catherine is married to Richard and has lived in Oxford since 1990, moving to East Oxford and Magdalen Road Church in 2009.  In the church where she grew up, in Warwickshire, she learned that being involved in God’s mission in other parts of the world is a normal and integral part of local church life. With two sons now grown up and left home, Catherine and Richard seek to create a hospitable home for lodgers and for international students who come to this global city. Catherine enjoys singing and drawing and learning about different cultures.

 
 
Catherine Weston
James Greig - Homegroups

James and his wife Emily have been part of the church since 2007. They live in Marston with their children Alastair and Isabelle. James is a solicitor with local firm Blake Morgan in Botley.  In 2009 James and Emily ran The Marriage Course in their local pub. He believes in homegroups because he believes the 'one another' scriptures are for all followers of Jesus. 

 
james
     

Ministry Trainees

If you would be interested in a year working with Magdalen Road Church we would love to hear from you. Contact Pastor Dan for more information/
  Dan   Carol