The Ministry Team is led by the Team Rector, Revd 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, Revd Deborah Marsh, and the southern villages of Braunston, Brooke, Hambleton and Egleton are in care of the other Team Vicar, Revd Chris Rattenberry. We have been joined by Revd Simon Aley who is our new Team Curate working with Oakham and Langham.
Five Readers operate across the Team churches – Mr David Pattinson, Mr David Perril, Mr Alan Rudge, Mr Michael Ellard and Mr Vyv Wainwright, and the Ministry Team is completed by Authorised Lay Ministers Mrs Gail Rudge, Mrs Madeleine Morris, and Mrs Liz Nicholls.
August Guan is our Director of Music.
Our Team Administrator Mrs 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 can be contacted via the contacts page and the Team Office.
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 two young children, Jonathan and Alexander. Stephen grew up in south…
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…
Simon was ordained on 27 September 2020 and is now Assistant Curate to the Oakham Team Ministry. He has lived in Manton for over 20 years, having moved to Rutland as the first Legal Director of the new Rutland Unitary Council in 1997 and has practised as a solicitor for almost 35 years. Simon, who…
August joined the Oakham Team Ministry in 2021. He leads both the choir at Oakham All Saints and the Laudamus choir that perform throughout the benefice.
Team Office is open Monday – Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm.
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.