Who we are

Rev’d Christine Blackman
Associate Priest
Christine first arrived in Reading in the late 1970s as a Chemistry student at the University.
She taught science at a Comprehensive School in Abingdon until her retirement in 2017.
She trained for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, and was ordained as a deacon in 1991 and as a Priest in 1994. As well as leading worship, Christine makes sure that Sunday Club is the best place to be for our young people aged from Nursery to Year 5 on a Sunday morning.

Rev’d Francis Jakeman
Associate Priest
Francis is a recently-retired Vicar, and has been a priest for forty years.
Having moved to Reading with his wife, Hilary, they can often be found in the Toddler Group in the Church Hall on Wednesday mornings and at our Monthly Coffee Mornings (first Saturday of the month).
Francis is passionate about issues of social justice, and works closely with Embrace, a Christian development charity in the Middle East.

Lynne Webb and Janet Davis are our Churchwardens and may be contacted through the office email [email protected].


Jane Kenyon
Hall Manager
Jane has been part of the congregation at St Bart’s and a Churchwarden for many years and has enjoyed working with the group to transform the Church into a performing arts venue.

Jane had designed a Healing Garden for the grassed at the front of the church which we hope will be of benefit to the whole community.  Planting has started and we look forward to the space being transformed over the coming months.

Jane is now responsible for the management of our parish hall and may be contacted on [email protected] for any booking enquiries.

Sarah Collins
Parish Administrator
Sarah works in the Parish Office at St Luke’s Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, supporting the ministry and mission of the Parish.