Duncan Hill Brown (Vicar)
Duncan, a 40-something, has a crazy passion for surfing in the winter - especially holidays in Croyde, North Devon, from February to October. He loves food, both cooking it and eating it, as well as being partial to the occasional bottle of wine.
With Rachel, his wife and their 2 children love spending time with friends they have accumulated over nearly 20 years of living in and around Birmingham. They have lived and worked in Parishes in Sparkhill, Sutton Coldfield, and Erdington before escaping the Motorway Ring to make Dorridge and Bentley Heath their home in 2006.
Duncan came to personal faith in Jesus as a child through the ministry and witness of someone who came from Solihull to Swanage in Dorset, and was part of a team of people sharing their faith with kids and young people.
Here he is, 30 years later, seeking to share the same good news which has radically transformed his life, with people of all ages in Solihull.
Duncan says he counts it a privilege to be part of a diverse and loving Christian family, and he is encouraged for the future by being part of a church where we have many teenagers and young adults who are so alive in their Christian faith, service and commitment.
Jon Tattersall (Assistant Curate)
Jon joined the team at St Philip's and St James' in 2016, having arrived fresh out of ordination training in Nottingham. Before that, he has worked for variety of churches mainly in youth ministry for 15 years. He studied theology previously at London Bible College, and grew up in South-East London and Hampshire. Jon loves sport, both playing and watching, with Football and Cricket high on his list of priorities, and is passionate about films, music, Tolkien and cheese.
Jon is married to Jennie, and they have three daughters, one of whom is fostered. They love to spend time as a family eating good food, spending time with friends and holidaying by the beach.
Jon was raised in a Christian family, and has always had faith and an awareness of God in his life. When he was 16 he felt the call of God upon his life in a powerful way, and is a passionate advocate for helping others find their place in serving Jesus and telling others about Him. He is excited about joining in the work of building a Kingdom-centred community here in Dorridge and Bentley Heath that reaches out to all around us.
Jon Hall (Youth Minister)
If you haven’t meet Jon yet, you’ll recognise him by his American accent. He likes hanging out, BBQs, coffee, and pecan pie.
Jon has been involved in Church life from as early as he can remember, but walked away from his faith as a teenager. However, through the challenges that arose while moving to England in 2008, God was able to work in him. It was the revelation that Christ wants to have a personal relationship with all of us, that transformed his life. This led to a deep desire to serve God.
Jon pursued this desire to serve God by completing a two-year leadership course and internship at his church in Derby. Then as his awareness of God’s call on his life grew he went on to study at London School of Theology for three years. In his final year he heard about the youth minister position here and felt God calling him to minister at St. Philip’s and St. James’.
Jon has a passion for the gospel, a heart for mission work both in everyday life and internationally, and a desire to see young people reach their full potential.
Jon is very excited to be a part of what God is doing here with the young people of Dorridge and Bentley Heath.
Rachel Hill Brown (Children's & Families Missioner)
Rachel Hill-Brown is our Children's and Families' Missioner. She has been part of life at St Philip's and St James since 2006. Rachel was once a teacher but was ordained in 2007 and since then has worked locally and as a Chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital. In 2016 she began her role here and she co-ordinates all our work with Children and Families with a particular emphasis on doing new and creative things. She leads Messy Church and Breakfast Church and runs a variety of other activities and events with children and families. Rachel is married to Duncan and mum to Maddy and Zac. She enjoys a good book, coffee and being by the sea!
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