Worship, discipleship and pastoral care
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 BraithwaiteLicenced 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 HammondChildren 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.