making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ in Birmingham and for the world

We number around 200 people of all ages and from a range of backgrounds, most of whom participate actively in the life and work of the church. This page introduces some of those in key positions of leadership and responsibility.

Top photo by Richard Shephard

Chris Hobbs

Chris is married to Helen and they have four children. He has been Senior Minister of St Stephen’s and St Wulstan’s Church since 2000, having previously served as an assistant minister for churches in Hull and London. Before training to be a vicar Chris worked as an engineer. He enjoys most sports, walking, reading and […]

Andy Martin

Andy is married to Amanda and they have two daughters. He joined the church as Assistant Minister in July 2014 after his ordination. Andy trained first as a Civil Engineer, then studied theology at Oak Hill College in London before working for St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks as Associate Minister. After five years at St Nicholas […]

Ben Wells

Born in the West Country, Ben has moved around ever since. After studying in Exeter, he moved to Birmingham to work amongst the Christian Unions with UCCF, before working for Birmingham City University in their research department. Having studied Theology at Oak Hill College, London, Ben is delighted to have returned north as Curate at […]

Helen Buckley

Originally from Manchester, Helen worked as a primary school teacher for four years before moving to Birmingham. She then spent four years with Birmingham City Mission as a schools’ worker until joining the staff of St Stephen’s and St Wulstan’s in 2005. In her spare time, Helen enjoys reading crime thrillers and watching TV.

Tom Bryant

Tom was born and raised in the north of Birmingham, before moving (slightly) southwards to study Physics at Birmingham University, where amongst other things he joined St Stephen’s and met his wife, Naomi. Until 2017, Tom worked as a secondary school physics teacher, but he now splits his time between studying Theology at Oak Hill […]

Rebekah Fox

Rebekah works as a part-time GP and a part-time International Student Worker and is married to Mark. She grew up in Thailand, Malaysia and India and therefore is overly familiar with all the local Asian supermarkets. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, knitting, watching Women’s Elite Artistic Gymnastics and taking long walks through […]

Laurie Fearon

Laurie is married to Sue.  He has been Church Manager at St Stephen’s and St Wulstan’s since July 2019, having previously served in a similar capacity at City Church Birmingham following a period working in finance and administration for the Saltmine Trust. Prior to this he went from working offshore as a geologist to working […]

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