The Ministry Team is led by the Team Rector, Rev’d Stephen Griffiths, who also looks after the parishes of Oakham and Langham. The northern villages of Whissendine, Teigh, Ashwell and Market Overton are looked after by one Team Vicar, Rev’d Deborah Marsh, and the southern villages of Braunston, Brooke, Hambleton and Egleton are looked after by the other Team Vicar, Rev’d Jenni Duffy . We are fortunate to have Team Curate Rev’d Shakeel Nurmahi who is working with Oakham and Langham.

Six Readers operate across the Team churches – David Pattinson, David Perril, Alan Rudge, Michael Ellard, John Feehally and Vyv Wainwright. We have an Authorised Lay Minister Gail Rudge, and two ordinands (clergy in training) placed with us  – Madeleine Morris and Alison Long. 

Our Team Administrator Elizabeth Needham, is based at the Team Office at Oakham Church. Please check the Team Office page for up to date opening hours.

Ann Blackett is our Parishes Support Officer and Sue Willetts, Finance Administrator, can be contacted via the contacts page and the Team Office.

Rev’d Stephen Griffiths

Revd Stephen Griffiths took up the post of Team Rector in September 2018. He was previously Team Rector of the Cherwell Valley Benefice and the Rural Dean of Bicester and Islip in the Diocese of Oxford. He is married to Cally, and they have three young children, Jonathan, Alexander and Elizabeth. Stephen grew up in…

Rev’d Deborah Marsh

Deborah was appointed in 2018, having previously served as Assistant Curate in the Living Brook Benefice (hardingstone, Piddington with Horton and Quinton and Preston Deanery), and she lives in the Rectory at Whissendine with her husband Gary. She is no stranger to the Oakham Team however, having previously served within it as Reader and Parish…

Ann Blackett

Ann joined the team in January 2022 as the Parishes Support Officer. Her role includes producing Worship for the Week, managing Facebook posts and maintaining the website. Any notices to be included in the WFTW should be emailed in by 9am Wednesday morning each week. Ann is also one of our churchwardens.

Harry Jacques

Harry Jacques took up post as our Director of Music in June 2023. Harry grew up in rural Monmouthshire and first studied the organ at Monmouth School whilst playing in country churches as a teenager. He read music at Bristol University and studied organ with David Bednall and David Ponsford. In 2016, Harry received his…