Rev’d Christine Blackman
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
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.
Francis is passionate about issues of social justice, and works closely with Embrace, a Christian development charity in the Middle East.
Prior to setting up a small business in 2016, Kirsten worked in industry as a marketer and technologist. She has also worked as a business school lecturer, and as a peace campaigner. She is a former local councillor for the Redlands area and one-time Deputy Leader of Reading Borough Council. She is on the boards of several non-profits, including Reading Pride; Nuclear Information Service; and is a non-staff director and member of the speaker’s network for Campaign Against Arms Trade.
Jane has been part of the congregation at St Bart’s for many years and has enjoyed working with the group to transform the Church into a performing arts venue. She enjoys gardening and can regularly be found tending to the lawns at the two Churches or working hard in other gardens around the parish. When she’s not busy weeding and mowing, Jane can often be found walking her labrador Holly.
Sarah works in the Parish Office at St Luke’s Tuesday to Thursday mornings, supporting the ministry and mission of the Parish. She is a huge sports fan, and travels the length and breadth of the country following Reading FC.
Rev’d Ross Meikle
I come to Reading having completed my curacy in the Benefice of Witney, Oxfordshire. I am a writer and storyteller with a background in theatre and performance – and I look forward to the day when it is safe and sensible to throw a parish party at the vicarage.