We are delighted that Revd Dr Mike Branscombe has joined us at St Andrew's and was licensed on the 6th September
Charleen was born in Zimbabwe and spent many years in South Africa where she studied Law. She married Richard in 1997 and they moved to Australia where Charleen worked as a solicitor and barrister. It was in New Zealand that she resolved to explore Christianity and she started to sneak into a little Anglican church near her house during services to hear what these oddball Christians had to say for themselves. The rest is history. She committed her life to Christ and became more and more involved until finally the path of ordination was suggested. Charleen was deaconed in Auckland in 2008. Soon after, Richard was transferred to London and a new adventure began. Charleen became a self-supporting minister at St. Luke’s and ChristChurch in Chelsea and was priested in 2011. Charleen and RIchard moved to Cobham in 2012 with their daughter Claudia. To Charleen's great delight she was licensed to St Andrew's and St Mary's in June 2014 as a non-stipendary curate.
Esther was born and raised in Barry, South Wales. She graduated in Fine Art at Cardiff Metropolitan University. After graduating she worked for a Christian mission organization in Nicaragua, working with children and young people. She has also worked with the local council, hosting events and school clubs encouraging children’s creativity and development. Esther has a heart to see children come to know and love Christ and to grow in faith. Esther combines her part time role at the church with her work as a freelance artist.
Peter, one of four brothers, was born in Jerusalem together with his older brother when his father was stationed in Palestine during the 2nd World War. Returning to England via South Africa, the family lived with their maternal Grandmother before moving into the ‘new’ Northfield Farm Estate. Attending Cobham schools before going to Raynes Park Grammar, Peter has worked in Insurance and Banking before being made redundant. Married to Jenny, Peter and Jenny were for many years responsible for the youth work of the church based at St. John’s church. Sunday School, Choir, and being a server, finally led to Peter being recommended for training as a priest and he was Ordained as a Local Minister in September 1993. Interests include gardening and walking their dog ‘Rusty’
Hugh is a Reader (Licensed Lay Minister). He is a trustee of the Bishop of Guildford's Foundation and is a trustee of Cobham Area Foodbank. He is chair of the Guildford branch of the Prayer Book Society. Educated in classics at Oriel College, Oxford, he had a career in marine insurance and as a solicitor specialising in maritime law. He has two daughters (both doctors), and two Bengal cats. In his calling to ministry he has followed two grandfathers and one great-grandfather, who were all Methodist ministers.