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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.



Dan Steel - Lead 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.

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  Steel family 2018

Phil Bailey - Assistant Pastor

Phil, Megan and Clara arrived in Oxford in August 2020, after studies at Oak Hill College. Getting established in Oxford has been slow work due to the pandemic, but they are enjoying meeting people, exploring the surrounding countryside and discovering Oxford's live music scene. Phil helps with a variety of responsibilities around church life, including preaching and pastoral care, and line manages the ministry trainees.
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  Bailey family (small)

Matt Hutchings - Assistant Pastor

In 2014 Matt got married to Charlotte and moved from London to Oxford. They quickly joined Magdalen Road Church, and have since had two children. After a career in teaching, Matt joined the staff team in 2019, and now serves as one of the Assistant Pastors whilst also studying theology part-time with Crosslands. Alongside general preaching and pastoral work, Matt oversees the children's work and Safeguarding.
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  Matt Hutchings


The position of Administrator is vacant at present. 
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James Hume - Administrator & Deacon for the Old Schoolhouse

In 2018 the church moved from its historic home on Magdalen Road into its new home, the Old Schoolhouse, around the corner on Hertford Street. With a vision to share its home with many others in the community MRC in 2021 brought James onto the staff team part time to oversee the practical running of the building. He also chairs the Old Schoolhouse Development Team which leads the project for the church. Originally from London, James also works for an IT Consultancy specialising in data. He’s married to Liz and together they spend their time trying to keep their baby son Thaddeus from pushing all his toys under the sofa.
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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 was appointed Chaplain at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the Woodstock Road in 2013 and retired from this appointment at the end of 2019. He and Hazel have two married sons and four grandchildren.


  Andrew Anderson


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. The current deacons are James Hume (Deacon for Old Schoolhouse) and:

Catherine Weston - Global Engagement

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 living in Marston and part of MRC since 2007.  James is a partner in Oxford solicitors firm Blake Morgan and Emily is doing a post-graduate course in Local History, with both children now away at university.  James takes comfort from the fact there seems to be at least one Christian lawyer called Zenas in the Bible, mentioned in Titus!  He runs Christian Heritage walking tours and museum tours in his spare time, publicised through the website www.zenasheritagetours.com.  James and Emily are firm believers in the 'one another' Scriptures which they encourage us to live out in home groups.

Ministry Trainees


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

Trainee Cross-cultural Worker



Jonny arrived in Oxford in 2020 and has been training for cross-cultural ministry since. This year, we plan to send him on several overseas exploratory trips to help him discern his next steps in serving God. As well as his passion for seeing the gospel spread, Jonny loves deep chats, cheap hostels, and playing roundnet.