The Minister

Revd Martyn Neads

Our Minister, from September 2009 until March 2019 was Revd Martyn Neads. He is a URC Minister and was minister to both Christ Church and to Woodley Airfield Church.

He was on sabbatical from September through November 2018 studying the character of Jesus in movies.

He is married to Lynn, with a young son Alex. He was previously based in Plymouth and has now left to move to Swanage, with URC churches there and in Wareham and Poole.

We previously had a Methodist Minister who, like we were, was part of the Reading and Silchester Circuit. After 31st August 2014 we are part of the new Basingstoke and Reading Circuit (26/4).

Former Ministers

Former ministers, taken from both the URC and the Methodist church, have included hymn-writer Peter Jarvis, evangelist Bill Mason and several who have moved on to be circuit superintendants, including Audrey Simpson. Bernard Arnold was the Methodist minister at the time of formation of Christ Church in 1982. Our last minister was Revd Dr Mike Hill, who left in 2008, after seven years, to take up an appointment in the High Wycombe Circuit.

Our Interim Moderator until the new appointment was Revd Gordon Connell, who was at the time unpaid URC Minister, working also in the library at Reading University and helping out with the pastoral work was Revd Valerie Fisher who had recently retired from full time Methodist Ministry.

Page last updated 17th March 2019.