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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 - 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. 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.

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  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.

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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.

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  Matt Hutchings

Hannah Langley - Administrator

Hannah is responsible for keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes at the church office. She's from Southampton originally, went to university in Birmingham where she met her husband Jon, and they moved to Oxford in 2012. They live in Abingdon with their daughter Abby and son Zac. Hannah joined the MRC staff team as a ministry trainee in 2018, then took over as church administrator in 2019. When she's not busy with admin, she enjoys baking and/or eating cake, especially with a good cup of coffee and friends.

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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.


We are currently training up a new treasury team, with responsibilities shared out between a number of people. A new finance deacon will be appointed in Autumn 2021. Until then, if you need to contact the treasury team, you can do so here.


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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


Jordan Dobbins

Jordan arrived in Oxford four years ago from Liverpool to study, and now house shares in East Oxford with two other MRC members, Andy and Alex.
Since November 2020 Jordan has been working part time for the church as well as learning more about God's word at the South Central Gospel Partnership's Ministry Trainee Course; he hopes to serve the church as best he can in this part time capacity.
He might well be found at the Iffley Road co-op's meal deal fridge aisle, where most serious frequenters not only know his name but his infamously eclectic crisp/sandwich combinations also??.

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Grace has been part of the MRC family since 2015 but originally hails from the Emerald Isle.
She is currently undertaking part-time theological training with Crosslands to help her as she serves with MRC throughout the week. She is looking forward to creating prayer resources and encouraging engagement with the global church.
In her spare time, she is an avid writer, consumes copious amounts of ramen, and has a particular penchant for 19th and early 20th Century music.

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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

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