Who’s who

Adult Ministry Team

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Rupert Charkham

Vicar

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Rupert is married to Liz and they have two grown up children who have left home and a Cairn Terrier who hasn’t.

Rupert became Vicar of Holy Trinity in 2003 and his main responsibilities include preaching regularly, leading, encouraging and developing the staff team as well as discerning and developing the vision of Holy Trinity (along with others). Teaching from the Scriptures to enable people to live life to the full is as at the heart of what Rupert does. He loves to equip and envision folk to be lifelong followers of Christ and effective leaders. In 2016 Rupert was appointed Chaplain to the The Queen.

More biographical info; Rupert became a follower of Jesus whilst at Exeter University in 1980. On graduating he was an insurance broker in the City, a career that he left in order to train for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. Prior to Cambridge Rupert was Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Salisbury and previously on the staff of St. Aldates’ Church in Oxford and St. Barnabas in Kensington.
In spare time he enjoys photography, watching Test cricket, going to concerts (classical), playing the piano (rustily) walking the dog and Westwing.

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Oli Benyon

Associate Vicar

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Oli is Associate Vicar of Holy Trinity and oversees the adult ministries of the Church (including Pastoral Care, Home groups, Weddings/Funerals etc). Oli makes Church fun and he loves helping people to experience that knowing Jesus and belonging to the family of HT adds sparkle to life! If you are new to HT be sure to say Hi to Oli.

Oli is married to Loïs and they have three children Amélie, Annabelle and Eliza. Prior to being ordained Oli headed up the Youth work at St Aldates Church in Oxford for many years and also New Wine Youth. In July 2015, after training for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford he joined the staff of HT. Work and family life take up a lot of Oli’s time, given a free moment Oli enjoys spending time with friends, having people over for a meal and watching a good box set with Lois.

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Yanah Browning

Adult Pastor

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Yanah is well known at HT as she has previously been on staff and is still a regular on the preaching programme. More recently she has been working in HR and completed some studies at Ridley Theological College. Yanah is married to Stuart and an avid novel reader and podcast listener. She will be working with Oli in the adults ministry and helping to oversee Home Groups, the HT Alpha course, and the 20s & 30s ministry.

 
 

Student team

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Stuart Browning

Curate and Student Pastor

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Stuart heads up the Student ministry at HT. He knows Cambridge well, since, prior to studying theology and getting ordained, he studied Chemistry at Selwyn College and worked in the city for a technical innovation consultancy company. Stuart’s passion is seeing God at work in people’s lives and helping people understand how the Bible connects with and informs everyday life.

Stuart is married to Yanah. In any spare time he enjoys playing sports, especially Super Smash Bros; reading systematic theology; and is an avid cinema goer. He is also a great fan of slow cooking things in barbeques, whatever the season.

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Clare Marsh

Student Pastoral Assistant

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Clare has just finished studying Geography at Churchill College here at Cambridge and has been stuck in at HT throughout her studies. Sporty, fun, and full of life and love for God, Clare is going to be a massive blessing to the team. She will be working with all the students but have a special focus on pastoring female students at HT.

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Isaac Heather

Student Pastoral Assistant

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Isaac has just finished studying Law at Trinity College here at Cambridge and has been already made a big impact as a student here. Full of wisdom and integrity Isaac is going to bring loads to the HT student team. He will be working with all the students but have a special focus on pastoring male students at HT.

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Sam Bartholomew

Student & Hospitality Pastoral Assistant

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Sam has been a member of HT for all three of his years studying Natural Sciences at Girton College. During his time as a student Sam has discovered a love and gifting for hospitality – especially in the form of mass catering. As well as being part of the student team Sam will also be taking responsibility for the HT kitchens and serving both the students and the wider church by developing our food & hospitality ministry.

 

Family ministries / children & youth

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Cat Meakin

Children’s Pastor

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Cat is married to Rick and has two children (Izzy 6 and Benji 4) who are now at school so she spends much of her life on the school run and running about after them! Before becoming a Mum Cat was Curate at Holy Trinity with responsibility for children, youth, and students. She is very excited to be returning to the staff team to work with Corinne and Kez to see the children at HT grow in their relationship with Jesus, so that they each know Him and His great love for them, while having loads of fun and making wonderful friends. She also enjoys travelling and is a keen photographer (which her husband and children sometimes find annoying!)

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Steve Conacher

Youth Pastor

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Steve joined the HT staff team in September 2014 after studying Theology at Queens' College. His fairly average life was blown out of the water when he decided to follow Jesus wholeheartedly in Spring 2007, and his subsequent journey has been far too good to regret. Steve likes eating roast lamb and chilling in cafes. He'll always jump at the chance to play or watch sport, especially cricket or rugby. Above all Steve is pumped to hang out with young people – to hear about the stuff they love and the people they care about, and to see how God can be involved in it all.

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Hannah Fisher

Family Ministry Assistant

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Hannah joined the staff team in 2018 but has been part of HT since she moved to Cambridge as a student to study History at Murray Edwards College in 2015. She loves working with children and young people and is excited about what God is doing in these ministries at HT. Hannah’s main hobby is playing cricket, which she has done all her life and absolutely loves. She also enjoys walking, calligraphy and lettering, and coffee!

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Isabel Richardson

Family Ministry Assistant

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Isabel Richardson is also joining the HT staff team as a Family Ministry Assistant. She has just finished a degree in events management at Lincoln university, where she has been using her knowledge to organising all sorts of events from fashion shows to Christian Union outreach! She is looking forward to moving to Cambridge and applying both her skills and her bubbly personality to the family ministries here.

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Ellie Sanderson

Family Ministry Assistant

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Ellie Sanderson is joining the HT staff team as a Family Ministry Assistant. She has recently finished a degree in English in Selwyn college, and has been stuck in to HT as a student, describing it as a place where she has ‘massively grown’. Ellie has been involved with serving on the kids team at HT whilst also helping to lead the university Christian Union, and she is excited to get involved with her creative and organisational skills in the coming year!

 
 

Worship Team

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Esther-Jane White

Worship Pastor

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I’m Esther, I’m so excited to be taking on the Senior Worship Pastor role here at HT. I grew up in a town called Marlow in Buckinghamshire but I’ve spent the last 6 years at the ‘other place’ in Oxford. I started life as an intern at St Aldates Church and then went onto study Theology at the University before taking on the Assistant Worship Pastor role at Aldates. It is such a privilege to have the opportunity to lead the Church in worship and I’m so expectant for all that God is going to continue to do in Cambridge through HT.

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Ed Smith

Worship Pastoral Assistant

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It is great to welcome Ed Smith to the team. For the past year Ed has been one of the worship interns at St Aldates and regularly leading both on Sundays and with their student ministry. Ed will be joining us as the Worship Pastoral Assistant and will work with Esther in leading our worship at HT.

 
 
 

Operations Team

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Damian Mitchell

Office and Events
Manager

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Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Damian is married to Fran, and dad to Melissa, Jack, and Tilly. By God's grace, he became a Christian through the Alpha course 15 years ago. He has loved being a passionate disciple of Jesus every day since. In his free time, he loves nothing more than enjoying great company over a good meal. He is an avid fan of super stories shared either through print or on screen. He is most excited when Man Utd play an attractive style of attacking football.

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Nathan Kellner

Office and Events
Assistant

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Nathan joined HT’s staff team after finishing his degree in Theology at Queens’ College in summer 2018. He absolutely loves seeing God at work among his people, and is really pleased to be able to help facilitate God’s ministry through HT. Nathan grew up on the Wirral, is an avid supporter of Liverpool FC and enjoys playing the drums, a good book and a long afternoon walk.

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Katie Turnbull

Media & Comms Coordinator

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Katie moved to Cambridge with her husband Sam in 2017. Before moving she had been working as a Graphic Designer in a print and design company. After freelancing for a year in Cambridge she joined the staff team to oversee the Media and Communications at HT. Katie is passionate about making church a welcoming and inclusive place that is accessible to all people. In her spare time she enjoys painting, cooking and long walks.

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Womba Lagrue

Finance
Manager

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Womba oversees the finance function as the Finance Officer and Accountant. She is new to Cambridgeshire having moved from London during the summer of 2018. Womba loves being part of the HT family and knowing that the work she does is contributing to helping people come to Christ.

Womba is married to Joe and they have two children Joshua and Isabelle. Prior to joining the HT team, Womba worked for investment banks in London and also as a Church Treasurer of her previous church. She is a qualified Accountant (ACCA) and studied Mathematics at university.

In her spare time, Womba loves singing, playing guitar, dancing, cooking and watching good movies. She is passionate about seeing people come to know God and have their lives and minds renewed and transformed.

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