Church Office Holders and Ministers

This list is in alphabetical order of Christian name.

Brigid Crofton
PCC Vice Chair and acting PCC chair.

Brigid Crofton our PCC vice-chair, and thus acting PCC chair, was born and brought up in Devon, then trained in Institutional Management in Gloucester and Cambridge, followed by teaching English for a year in a school in Switzerland. With her husband and three children she lived for 16 years in Malawi. Returning to England, Brigid lived in Winchester for 32 years where, sadly, her husband Mel died in 2003.

In 1983 she began working for UNICEF HQ in London, visiting Ethiopia in 1984 during the famine and subsequently several other countries. She finished her time with UNICEF as Vice-Chair of the UK Board of Trustees for seven years, for which service she received the OBE. Coming to live in Headington in 2005 and being a member of the All Saints’ congregation is a continuing pleasure. 

Catherine Hodgkinson
Churchwarden

Catherine Hodgkinson has been churchwarden for over four years. She was born in Swansea but spent much of her childhood in MidWales. Catherine worked in the City of London as a research partner in a firm of stockbrokers, and then became a self-employed business consultant, undertaking research in the construction plant hire sector, a move which facilitated her leaving London to settle in Oxford some 25 years ago. She retired some five years ago. 

For family reasons, she has decided to stand down at the Annual Meeting in October but she will continue to be committed to and involved in the work of All Saints'.

Christine Tucker
Licensed Lay Minister

Christine Tucker was first licensed as a Lay Minister in the Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan in the 1990s. After returning to the UK in 2001 she settled in Oxfordshire, but only transferred her licence to the Diocese of Oxford in 2020. Unfortunately, this coincided with the Covid19 outbreak and the closure of churches for public worship, so she has not had much occasion to wear her new blue scarf yet.

Originally Christine worked professionally as a research chemist, and then took advantage of a late ‘gap decade’ to study Theology. After returning to the UK she trained in Accounting, and has been working on a freelance basis for the past 18 months. Her ministry interests are focused on supporting and encouraging people in their faith, whether by teaching, preaching, or social justice activities.

Colin Openshaw
PCC Secretary

Colin Openshaw is the PCC Secretary, and has held the roles of Safeguarding Officer and Data Protection Officer since they were created. Colin has been a member of the congregation since joining the choir as a lay clerk in 2002. He quickly formed a deep attachment to the church. He was married to Nao in the church, and his son Alfred was baptised here about a year ago. He works as a private tutor and teacher of the Alexander Technique. However, the family have recently moved away from Oxford, so he will be standing down from his various offices at the Annual Meeting.

James Larminie
Licensed Lay Minister

James Larminie has been worshipping at All Saints’ Church since 1980, and been a Licensed Lay Minister since 1987. He is an electrical engineer by trade, and before retiring a few years ago he worked as a school teacher, in industry, and for a good while as a lecturer at nearby Oxford Brookes University. He helps lead our services of worship, preaching sometimes, but is also a practical person, and does many jobs around church with drill or voltmeter. In this capacity he is the main person who keeps Church House running smoothly. Since 2019 James has also been churchwarden. His family, which now includes grand-children, occupies much of his attention, especially a particularly delightful grandson with special needs.

John Glasson
Treasurer

John and Carol Glasson are Lancastrians who came to Oxford, for a couple of years, over 50 years ago. John is the Hon Treasurer, and member of the PCC, Church House Management Committee, Stewardship Committee and Social Committee (heavy lifting section). He was previously Head of the School of Planning, and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at Oxford Brookes University. He is now Professor Emeritus at Oxford Brookes, and works part-time on research and writing.

Carol is cochair of the Social Committee, editor of the weekly bulletin (in normal times), and co-ordinator of our Ride and Stride and Christian Aid activities. Carol also worked at Oxford Brookes in the Computer Department, and then as outpatient travel organiser at the Sobell House Hospice.

Joseph Barber
Director of Music

Joseph Barber was appointed as director of music in the Summer of 2019. He started off in church music as organist of the Ridgeway Benefice in South Oxfordshire. In 2015, he was awarded the Organ Scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Classics. He has also been closely involved with the wider musical life of the city and the university, as secretary of the Balliol College Music Society, Organ Scholar of the Frideswide Voices, and as a violinist, regularly performing in orchestra and chamber ensembles, and occasionally as a soloist. He graduated in 2019 and is now studying at Wolfson College for an MPhil in Cuneiform Studies, researching the history, language and literature of the Ancient Near East.

Julian Littlewood
Organist

Julian Littlewood, our organist, has played at All Saints’ since 1993, while still at school. He was an Organ Scholar at St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he achieved a First Class BA degree in Music. He went on to undertake a Master’s in Music Theory and Analysis, followed by a PhD in Music Analysis, both at King’s College, London.

Julian has played a significant part in the Oxford music scene for over twenty years, playing for many choirs, including the Summertown Choral Society. He has played in most Oxford colleges and many churches. Julian works for Oxford University Press and also undertakes the production and printing of the All Saints' monthly parish magazine

Peter Boulton-Lea
Associate Priest

Peter Boulton-Lea, our associate priest, was ordained at Portsmouth Cathedral in 1972, subsequently serving in the Dioceses of Durham, Chelmsford, Guildford and Sheffield. He is a former Rural Dean of Doncaster; since his retirement to Oxford he has served as an honorary Assistant Priest at All Saints’ and, at the start of the Interregnum was co-opted onto the PCC. He has played a pivotal role in the quick return to services after the lockdown. He currently helps in the Marie Curie and Helen and Douglas charity shops, and once a month takes a mid-week service at Holy Trinity.

Thirty years ago Peter donated bone marrow which saved the life of Mark Cowan, a five year old boy living in Newcastle suffering from aplastic anaemia. They have remained friends ever since and recently celebrated a 30 year reunion, Peter also attended Mark’s graduation at Northumbria University.

September 2020