We seek to be a friendly and welcoming church and we hope that we will do a good job of saying hello when you visit us. If you would like a headstart then these are some of the faces likely to be leading services.
Rev Lee Batson
As Rector, Lee has overall responsibility for the three churches of the Team and works closely with Bob who leads the church in Coopersale. Lee also serves as the local Area Dean and the World Church Partnership Officer for the Diocese. He has a particularly strong connection with the Anglican Church in Kenya.
Rev Olivia Maxfield-Coote
Olivia has particular responsibility at Epping Upland. She was born and bred in Cornwall but Epping has always been very special to her as her family originate from the town. Olivia has a heart for the Anglican Communion worldwide. She is particularly interested in animal theology and feminist theology and contemplative spirituality.
Rev Tom Warmington
Before training for ordained ministry Tom was a journalist and producer for the BBC and enjoyed a spell leading a diocesan communications department in the Church of England. He is married to Allula and they have two young boys.
READER AND MINISTER IN CHARGE OF COOPERSALE
Bob is the Minister in Charge with pastoral care for St Alban's in Coopersale. He is also the Local Advisor for Readers & Candidates in the Epping Forest and Ongar Deanery, as well as being Deanery Treasurer. Bob is Vice-Chairman and a trustee of Christians Aware. In his spare time, Bob works for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs.
LICENSED LAY MINISTER
Diana has been an enthusiastic member of St John's Church choir, along with her husband, for many years. She also plays flute in 'The Band', the orchestral instrument group that provides the accompaniment for UpFront services, and runs the Sundays at Six program. She is a retired GP and is always pleased to be asked to conduct funerals. You will often see her around St John's during the week.
LICENSED LAY MINISTER
Steve works across the Team but particularly closely with our Team Vicar Olivia Maxfield-Coote at All Saints in Epping Upland. Steve is a retired NHS Consultant of 27 years and overall an NHS doctor for 40 years specialising in breast and bowel cancer and still works as a breast and general surgeon. He is a trained barrister and paints watercolours and acrylics. Steve lives with his wife in Epping and has two grown up children.
Jo was authorised as a Pastoral Assistant in Chelmsford Cathedral and commissioned in St. John's in October 2017. She studied Pastoral and Practical Theology at Heythrop College. Jo also works as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist having trained at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and is also a Couple Therapist. She enjoys long distant walking, music and the theatre.