St Giles-in-the-Fields is served by a full time Rector, the Rev’d Alan Carr who is available at the church most week days and on Sundays. Alan is supported by our parish administrator, Debbie Westerby, and a small team of part-time staff. The church administration is overseen by the parochial church council (PCC) and the churchwardens, who are elected annually. We are always pleased to hear from you, please do get in touch with any questions.
Rector: The Rev’d Alan Carr
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Alan has been rector at St Giles-in-the-Fields since July 2015. Prior to his appointment, he had served as associate rector since September 2010. He served his curacy in a suburban seaside parish near Littlehampton, and was then, for 18 years, vicar of two semi-rural parishes in Sussex serving about 2000 people. He brings a wide experience of the pastoral, teaching and preaching elements of parish ministry. Before ordination Alan spent 8 years in Anglican religious life and learned the value of community for encouraging spiritual formation. He also seeks to develop schemes and projects to engage as fully as possible with the wider community of the West End. He lives in Bloomsbury with his wife Suzanne.
Organist & Director of Music: Jonathan Bunney
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Jonathan has been Director of Music at St. Giles-in-the-Fields since 2004. During his time at St Giles, Jonathan has developed and directed our successful Voluntary Choir of up to 30 members and established a series of lunchtime organ recitals on the newly refurbished William Drake organ. He is also a teacher at the RCO Academy Organ School. In 2015 Jonathan was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists. Cathedral recitals have included Winchester, Chichester, Coventry, Sheffield and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Jonathan began his musical education at the age of 12 at St Mary’s Church, Hayling Island, followed by three years as Hampshire County Council Organ Scholar at St Mary’s Church, Portsea, where he developed his church musicianship under the guidance of Nigel Stark. During this time he was also a student at the St Giles International Organ School, based at the historic church of St Giles, Cripplegate, where he was taught by Anne Marsden-Thomas. In 2000 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Phillips. Prizes awarded included the Kenneth Bruce Stuart Prize and Harold Darke Memorial Prize for Organ. Jonathan also participated in Masterclasses with Thomas Trotter and Dame Gillian Weir. In 2004 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree and achieved his ARCO. In the same year he was the Royal Hospital Church Music Scholar at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and in 2010 was awarded a Masters in Advanced Performance, with distinction and the Walford Davies Prize.
Churchwardens: Thomas Hardin and Wil James
Churchwardens are elected annually at the end of April for the year following. Churchwardens represent the regular members of the Church (the laity), and co-operate with clergy over all aspects of the mission and ministry of the Church. They can always be contacted through the church office. For the 2015 – 2016 period Thomas (by profession an architect) was re-elected for his 6th year and Wil (working in consultancy) was elected for his 4th year.