Claire Alcock

Claire is a great juggler – ministry, motherhood and writing. She used to be a teacher, then spent ten years bringing up three children and supporting Chris, her husband, in House Mastering at Shiplake College. Claire was ordained in 2010 and her hobbies are cycling, music making, her cat (when it’s not going missing), social media […]


Richard Croft

Richard has been worshipping at St John’s longer than he cares to remember…he loves long-distance walking and cycling, fighting weeds on his allotment and finding a bit of something edible in the gaps, Taizé, singing and woodwork. He is married to Rosemary, one of the churchwardens, and has two married children. He became an Licensed […]


Hamish Bruce

Hamish has been at St John’s for almost twenty years. He helps to lead worship with others in the congregation, including his wife Sue. He loves playing almost any instrument you put in front of him (excluding the bagpipes) and has two fairly grown-up children. Hamish has worked in communications and publishing and is currently learning […]


Jeremy Thake

Jeremy has been in Reading and at St. John and St. Stephen’s for 20 years, with Rachel and three daughters (before they grew up) having previously been in Nepal for 6 years.  He works (inconveniently in Bristol) as an engineer on tidal energy.  In spare time he enjoys walking, dinghy sailing, singing, and time with […]


Christine Bainbridge

I was a vicar in South East London and retired to Reading with my husband Richard (also a vicar) to be closer to family.  I found St John’s and St Stephen’s very welcoming, not only to us but to children and a wide cross section of our neighbourhood.  I love the music and the way […]


Mark Laynesmith

Mark is Chaplain to Reading University, and a member of the community at St John & St Stephen’s. Mark regularly preaches, and presides at Eucharist. He makes a nifty craft beer, bakes astonishing bread, knows almost everything and is generally a lovely person to have on your Facebook friends list. Most likely to say: ‘Hmmm’ […]


Tanya Penn

Tanya oversees the Cafe and is the Parish administrator.  You may see her bombing along on her bike to work, come wind, rain or shine!  She lives in Woodley with her husband, three grown up children and her dog.  In her spare time enjoys meals with friends and long walks.  


Not just them!

Ok, so these are the folk you are most likely to see around during a service or if you visit during the week. But it takes a lot more people to enable a church to exist…  it actually takes everyone who turns up to make Church.. er, well Church! Everyone has a part to play. […]