Leadership

Ministry

Worship, discipleship and pastoral care

Tom Fish

Tom Fish

Vicar

Tom leads the church in partnership with a lay leadership team and the District Church Council. As part of the Wednesfield Team Ministry, he works closely with the Team Rector, Revd Nick Watson, who is based at St Thomas’s church in Wednesfield town centre. Tom and his wife Helen moved to Ashmore Park in 2019, after 6 years establishing a new church community in another part of the Black Country. 

Tom and Helen can both be seen out for early morning runs, and they also like cycling and sailing (mainly on the Norfolk Broads these days). They occasionally make music together and have discovered during lockdown some (limited) ability in performing and recording video dramas. 

Guilty pleasure: Cryptic crosswords. 

Terry Braithwaite

Terry Braithwaite

Licenced Lay Minister

Terry shares responsibility with Tom for leading services and preaching. He also has a significant ministry taking funerals, and shares in pastoral care for members of the church and the wider community. He is a local boy - he grew up on Ashmore Park - is married to Mavoureen, and has a professional background in social work. 

Terry is also a member of the folk music group Anam Caras, who base their music around Celtic spirituality.

Through the Covid-19 crisis Terry has become famous in our online community for thoughtful, often hilarious and sometimes challenging “St Alban’s Thoughts for the Day” on Facebook. 

Guilty pleasure: Too many to list - listen to Thought for the Day for details! 

Helen Hammond

Helen Hammond

Children and Families worker

Helen is employed jointly by St Alban’s and St Thomas’s churches, running toddler groups at both churches, an occasional Messy Church and working in local nurseries and schools. 

At St Alban’s she is also involved in Sunday children’s work and Pastoral Care, with a focus on families  

She too was brought up locally - she lives 200 yards from church and many other members of her family also live on the estate. She is married to Phil and has two children, Matthew and Isobel.

Governance

Legal oversight of the church

Derek Bennett

Derek Bennett

Parish Warden

Derek, along with the Parish Warden at St Thomas’s, shares overall responsibility for running of the parish with the Team Rector.  A former naval officer, he now works as a freelance accountant.  He is married to Elaine who also runs a business from home.

In addition to his legal responsibilities, Derek occasionally preaches and leads services, and he and Elaine are also regulars on St Alban’s Thought for the Day.

Guilty Pleasure
Balancing rocks (see picture).

Laurence Fletcher

Laurence Fletcher

District Warden and Worship Team Leader

Laurence, along with Sylvia, the other District Warden, shares overall responsibility for the running of St Alban’s Church.  Laurence is a multi-talented musician who seems to be able to play almost any instrument. In normal times he leads the worship team who provide music for all our services, but the Covid-19 crisis has given him opportunities to develop his multi-track recording skills.

Laurence is married to Janet, who also sings in the worship group, and brings her life-giving smile to every situation.

Guilty pleasure
Buying musical instruments

Sylvia Kelly

Sylvia Kelly

District Warden

As one of the two District Wardens, Sylvia shares overall responsibility with Rev Tom and the other wardens for running St Alban's Church.

Sylvia has lived on Ashmore Park for many years, including till recently working in the local sweet shop, so her face is well known in the local community.



Deb Dale

Deb Dale

Safeguarding and Compliance Officer

Deb works with the vicar to ensure that all church activities provide safe environments, especially for children and vulnerable adults - and that we comply with all relevant regulations.  See Safeguarding

Barry Bishop

Barry Bishop

Treasurer

Barry looks after the church finances, to make sure that all church money is properly accounted for and wisely spent.
He is married to Mandy, who leads the Sunday children’s work, and contributes his smooth baritone (or should we say Barry-tone) voice to the worship group.