Christ Church Central • Sheffield
A church for people who don't go to church
Running a church involves a lot of people, and we're really grateful for all of those who make Christ Church Central happen. Some of those are in formal leadership positions, and while you can meet our staff team below, you can also read about how our church is led and governed here.
Tim was married to Tanya on April Fools' Day 1989. They have four grown up children (Bethan, Anna, Rebekah and Caleb), two sons-in-law (Grant and Elliot) and two grandchildren. He loves East Africa, where he was born and brought up, running long distances and is passionate about Welsh rugby.
Following work in business and industry (mainly the motor industry) Tim has served churches in a variety of settings in rural Oxfordshire and Sheffield. He is Central's founding minister. He is still amazed by Jesus' words, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10v45)
Fi joined the team in September 2009. She is married to Chris and they have a son, Sam. Fi originally studied English Lit. at Sheffield University, and has retained a great love for books and reading. She has happily lived in Sheffield for over 25 years, but her roots are even further north in Cumbria.
The thing Fi enjoys most about her work is sharing the good news about Jesus with Christian women and those who are ‘just looking’ into who Jesus is and what that means for them. Fi was a primary school teacher in the past. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes, and to her great surprise (and her family’s) has taken up running.
Chris first came to Sheffield as a student in 2005 to study Orthoptics (to become an eye specialist) and, like many others, loved it so much that he couldn't tear himself away from the city! As a student at Central he met his wife, Jennie, and they have two children, Emily & Samuel. Having grown up by the sea in Suffolk, Chris loves taking family holidays to the coast and introducing the family to the joy of building sandcastles and paddling in freezing cold water! In his spare time, Chris enjoys choral singing, Formula 1, and getting out to local parks with the family.
In his role as Assistant Minister, Chris heads up our Student Ministry, building up students who come to Central, and working with them to reach out to their friends and course-mates at both of the city's universities. He's passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus with those who've never heard, as well as helping those who are Christians to be transformed by knowing God more deeply.
Steve is originally from Essex, but went up in the world and has been living in Sheffield since 2014. He loves running up hills, maths, a good book, cups of tea and climbing, although not all at the same time. He is married to Louisa, and they have two young children, Ben and Alice.
Since 2020, Steve has been a part of the staff team as our Youth and Children's worker. He loves opening the Bible with young people and helping them to know and understand it for themselves. Alongside his youth and children's role, Steve is also studying theology part time, so he can know and understand the Bible more for himself, too!
Rob came to Sheffield as a student of Russian and History in 2008 and has been around ever since. Rob came to faith while at Central in 2010, and joined the staff team in 2015, where he looks after the administrative side of church life and our Ministry Trainees. With his wife Laura, he has previously led the church's ministry to Internationals, and remains keen to welcome those from all corners of the world to Sheffield.
Away from the office, Rob spends far too much time keeping up with the sporting world, and loves being outdoors - whether that be walking in the Peak District, running Sheffield's streets, or watching the birds at Old Moor.
Charles came to Sheffield in 2016 after working in Kenya for four years. He now travels extensively in his work for Gafcon (the Global Anglican Future Conference), a movement to restore the authentic good news of Jesus Christ to the heart of the worldwide Anglican Church. As leader of the Mission Partners Support Team, he is convinced that each local church should share in this global vision because the message of the Bible speaks to all people in all places.
His wife, Gillian, died of cancer in 2018 and her deep and courageous faith continues to be a comfort and inspiration. Their three children are all married and Charles is delighted to have four grandchildren.
In Kenya he was closely involved in the Nairobi National Railway Museum and still pursues an ambition to see its steam locomotives out on the main line. Nearer to home he enjoys hill walking, gardening and reading.
Emily moved to Sheffield in 2016 as a student to study Food & Nutrition and joined the team in 2020 as a Ministry Trainee. Over the next year she is am excited to have the opportunity to dig deeper into the Bible and grow in love and knowledge of Jesus with Bible Training Yorkshire, share that with children and young people, and help them to understand what it all means for them.
Growing up in North Wales has given Emily a love of pretty views and going on walks in the Peaks. She also enjoys baking and spending time with friends.