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Fr Richard Collins
Fr Richard read theology at King’s College London and latterly Durham University. He trained for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House, and has been most recently Director of Ordinands in the diocese of Durham whilst serving as priest-in-charge of the benefice of Lumley (Christ Church). Fr Richard brings with him years of experience nurturing vocations across Durham diocese.
The Reverend Father David Birt
Honorary Assistant Priest
After forty three years as a technologist in the Central Research Laboratory of the Electric and Musical Industries (EMI) at Hayes in Middlesex. Fr David was made deacon in 1986, and after a short residential course at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, was ordained Priest in 1987. He has served as a non-stipendary Priest in the parish since. He “officially” retired a few years ago!
Father David has had a life long interest in horology, with a paticular interest in the history and development of turret clocks. He served until recently on the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches both in Oxford and London as the clocks advisor.
Director of Music & Organist
As a frequent recitalist, Simon enjoys performing music from the French romantic period - a time in which organ music flourished, and gave us some of the most influential composers of the 19th & 20th centuries. Simon also has a keen interest in the French-style of organ building - in particular the organs of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll - without whom works of the French romantic school would have been arguably different.
Simon was appointed to Christ the Saviour in May 2015, and is looking forward to the challenge ahead that will produce one of the leading parish music departments, to match the great liturgical tradition of this glorious Church.
Tom Kirkup is Youth Worker at this parish and at the parish of S. Mary’s Acton. Before joining us, he studied Environmental Science at the University of Plymouth and shortly after finishing took up environmental tutoring, which mostly involved getting caught in thunderstorms. During this time, he volunteered as a youth worker at S. Mary’s, Amersham and for Chiltern Youth Projects, also based in Amersham.
Following training as a teacher, he decided to commit full time to youth work and this post is his first. His ministry with us involves expanding our youth provision and youth group, and working closely with young people in the community. He is also an avid gamer and pool player, and is always keen for a game!