SOME OF OUR PEOPLE
Rector: The Revd Marcus Green
Marcus has been Rector of Steeple Aston with North Aston and Tackley since September 2013.
He studied History at Merton College Oxford and Theology at Wycliffe Hall before being ordained into the Church in Wales. Marcus' first book, 'Salvations's Songs', was published by Survivor Books and he has spoken at the New Wine and Soul Survivor conferences. He also wrote for the 'Journeys in Grace and Truth' collection on sexuality, published for General Synod in 2016. He is an occasional contributor to the Church Times and writes as an evangelical who questions the traditionalist approach to the Church's sexuality debates on the Possibility of Difference blog. This has resulted in his second book, also titled The Possibility of Difference, being published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd in 2018. Click here to order a copy.
Following the publication of the Possibility of Difference, Marcus was invited to join the biblical working group for 'Living in Love and Faith', the House of Bishops commission on Human Identity, Sexuality and Marriage. He is committed to giving a voice to LGBT Christians who wish to serve God in the life of the Church but who find that traditionalist teaching fails to value them as fully equal human beings.
Other abiding passions include music of all sorts, but especially big band jazz, Italian opera and Bach, as well as eating far too well. It turns out that following Manchester United has downs as well as ups, and in his more relaxed moments Marcus can be found trying to control his Springer Spaniel Harry in the fields around the villages, or getting away from it all on some far away ski slope...
Canon Dr Robin Gibbons
Canon Robin is a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford and Regents Park College. He came to ordination through his calling as a Benedictine monk, and his journey has taken in many unexpected stops along the way, including transferring from Roman to Greek Catholic (Eastern Rite) and becoming Ecumenical Canon at both Edmonton Cathedral Canada (Anglican) and now also here in Oxford Diocese. Robin is Assistant Pastor for the Greek Catholic Melkite Church in London and Great Britain, also helping to look after Eastern Catholic members of Oxford University. He helps organise the Oxford Theology Summer Schools and the After Eight service at the Cathedral as well as being an essential member of our Benefice team.
Licensed Lay Minister: Richard Bailey
Richard was born and brought up in Oxford and has been living in Upper Heyford with his wife and two children since 1997. He and his wife Sheila run Daisies florists in Jericho - treating every customer with equal care and respect, whether vagrant or vice-chancellor! He has also been a teacher, sub-postmaster and acupuncturist, but not at the same time.
Licensed in 1992, Richard transferred his ministry to this benefice with encouragement from then-rector and still-friend Rev Michael Roden. He sees his ‘mission’ as being to persuade people to connect their Christianity with every aspect of their lives, or ‘to live in God’. He has a particular interest in inter-faith dialogue and was a member of the Oxford Round Table of religions for many years.
When not working and preaching he enjoys country walks, travel, music, art, poetry, football, cricket and rugby (the last three as a spectator these days...)
Our Church Wardens:
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Ecumenical Partner: Revd Geoff Hunter
Geoff studied at Nottingham, the Open University, and London. He was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1966. Geoff and his wife Lesley moved to the Benefice in 1981 when he became a lecturer for the Open University and also at Oxford College of Further Education. Lesley taught music at Dr.Radcliffe's, where their daughters Jane & Sarah were educated.
Geoff is delighted to have the bishop’s permission to celebrate Holy Communion in the Benefice, holding dear the Lund Declaration words that "we should not do separately what we can properly do together". His enthusiasms remain people, singing, Geology and Mathematics.
The United Benefice of Steeple Aston with North Aston and Tackley is made up of three beautiful rural parishes in North Oxfordshire, just a few miles due north of the City of Oxford.
Each parish has its own stunning medieval parish church, and an active congregation drawn from the villages, with Bible Study, prayer groups and a myriad of other activities happening day by day.
Our aim is to bring the love of Jesus to the heart of our communities through worship, word and works of witness. We very much embrace Bishop Steven's desire that we should be a more Christ-like church, and are keen to become the more contemplative, compassionate and courageous community he speaks of.
We are growing communities, with great traditions and much to learn, and would love you to join with us - whether faith in Jesus is the long-time story of your life, or something you are just beginning to think about.