Meet the team

James-BBVicar
The Rev’d Canon James Blandford-Baker
(On study leave until December)

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James has been Vicar of Histon and Priest in Charge of St Andrew's Church, Impington since 2006. Prior to moving to Histon he was a vicar in Acton and Director of Ordinands in the Willesden Area of the Diocese of London. He is passionate about mission and building congregations that can communicate the gospel in ways that engage with the issues of contemporary society. A research engineer by background, James is interested in cabinet-making, astronomy, the life and work of Isaac Newton, the England cricket team and all things to do with Apple computers. He has been described by the Bishop of Worcester as 'renaissance man'. James is married to Katharine and they have 2 children.

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Kieran DouglassCurate
The Rev'd Kieran Douglass
kieran@standrewshiston.org
01223 320426
(rest day Friday)

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Kieran has joined the team having moved from Bristol with his wife, Suzanna, and their son, Ezekiel. Kieran loves seeing and hearing about people’s lives being transformed by Jesus and joining in with God’s work in the world. He is passionate about coming alongside people and equipping and enabling them to be followers of Jesus Christ. Kieran enjoys playing and watching almost all sports, especially football, although if there’s something being played near him it won’t take much encouragement for him to join in, whatever sport it is.

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oliviaCurate (part-time)
The Rev'd Olivia Coles
olivia@standrewshiston.org
07720 985889
(parish days Sun - Wed)

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Olivia joined the team at Histon and Impington in July 2015 as the new part-time self-supporting Curate. Olivia is married to Alasdair and they have two teenage children, Alex and Kana. Olivia originally trained as a Drama and English teacher, but has also worked in local radio, arts development and educational publishing, as a youth and children’s worker, pre- school assistant and has run her own card business.

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john_pelleyAssistant Clergy (retired)
The Rev'd John Pelley
john.l.pelley@btinternet.com
01223 234636

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tim_blakeYouth and Children's Team Leader
Tim Blake
tim@standrewshiston.org
07905 321901
(rest day Saturday)

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Tim Blake is the full-time Children’s Worker for St Andrew’s. Tim trained as a PE teacher in Cheltenham, where he graduated with a BEd in Physical Education and then taught in a primary school in Harlow. Moving to Battersea he served as a Children’s, Youth and Schools’ worker for a church near Clapham Junction. After six fulfilling years there, Tim returned to Histon, accompanied by his wife, Helen, and their sons. Aside from his family and work, his other passion is mountain biking, although Histon is not the ideal place for this! Tim’s website and blog can be found at http://standrewskids.hisimp.com

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dennis_sadlerLicensed Lay Minister
Dennis Sadler
01223 232194

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mary-jane_jordenLay Pastoral Assistant
Mary-Jane Jorden
mj.jorden@ntlworld.com
01223 704909

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Mary-Jane is the Pastoral Assistant for young families at St Andrew's, with a passion for creating community for young Mums, a stage of life that she knows can be tough. Recently she has become a Spiritual Director. Mary-Jane studied and taught modern languages before having her 2 children, Tabitha and Tom (both now left home), but has also been a Citizen's Advice Bureau adviser and a GP practice receptionist. Particular pleasures are the garden and tennis, and being on the Learning Team at Wicken Fen, a National Nature Reserve, getting muddy with mainly primary aged children. She is married to Tony and they have been in the village since 2001, having moved from Oxfordshire.

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Churchwarden
Mark Strivens
wardens@standrewshiston.org
01223 860697

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Ruth DaviesChurchwarden
Ruth Davies
wardens@standrewshiston.org
01223 232514

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andrew_gloverTreasurer
Andrew Glover
treasurer@standrewshiston.org
01223 864931

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Andrew is responsible for the management of the finances of the church, centre and café, reporting to PCC and able assisted by a finance team of helpers.  Married to Rev Janet Glover, Andrew is CEO of Bridge Fibre and Bridge Partners as well as MD of Air Broadband.  A passionate follower (and occasional player) of cricket, keen gardener (veg) and owner of a very enthusiastic Staffordshire bull terrier.

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Jo RoachOffice Manager
Jo Roach
office@standrewshiston.org
01223 320420

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Jo is married to Jon and they moved to the village in 2002. They have four children who have attended the village schools. Jo is very active in the village, was involved on the Ladybirds Play & Toddler Group Committee for 10 years, and used to be regularly found on the turnstiles at Histon Football Club. In 2004 Jo started Mini Musicians, a music group for 0-3yrs with their carers, which she handed over after 12 successful years. Previously she has been a recorder teacher and a mid-day supervisor and she continues to do some maths tutoring. Before coming to the village Jo did a maths degree at the University of St. Andrews and then a PGCE at Homerton College and was an infant teacher at Milton Primary School. Jo comes from a church background, the daughter of a minister and was an active member of Emmanuel URC in Cambridge, before she started worshipping at St. Andrew’s, Histon in May 2012.

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Shelley MorganOffice Administrator
Shelley Morgan
office@standrewshiston.org
01223 320420

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Shelley moved to the village in 2006 with her husband Chay, just before the arrival of their third son. She became actively involved in the local community as elected Parent Governor for Histon Early Years Centre.  After a three year period in California, she returned to the village in 2011 and became a Parent Governor and PTA chair for Histon & Impington Junior School. Before coming to Histon, Shelley gained a BA in Economics from Lancaster University and worked extensively in financial administration centred roles, with over twelve years’ experience of aspects of the employee benefits industry including occupational pension arrangements, investment and administration management. Prior to taking on her current role Shelley assisted the Saint Andrew’s Centre Manager with administration work on a voluntary basis for a year.

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Rachel-McKinleyOffice Administrator
Rachel McKinley
office@standrewshiston.org
01223 320420

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Rachel is married to Rob, who she met while at school. They moved to Histon in 2009 with their two children, and have attended St Andrew's ever since. Rachel has been involved in village life in a number of ways including a stint as Treasurer for Stepping Stones, and she is still enjoying voluntary roles in SJClub at the church and within Histon District Girlguiding. Pre-children, Rachel worked in education and has a degree in sociology, economics and social policy from the University of Exeter. She also has a diploma in proof reading—a skill she puts to good use in her current role as office administrator. Rachel spends most spare moments (and some not so spare!) with her nose in a book, unless she's re-watching The West Wing. She's always grateful for a nice cup of tea.

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