Get to know us

a church which celebrates and affirms every person

Church is about journeying with a group of people who become more than friends. We have a diverse staff and volunteer team at mlwc and we’re really looking forward to getting to know you better.

What we believe

Inclusive

We believe God’s love is for everyone. We welcome everyone, regardless.

Active

We live out our faith in our parish. We want to be a blessing to all.

Growing

We live to grow – in faith, in understanding, in numbers.

Maybe you’d like to join us on this journey?

Meet the team

The Reverend Phillip Johnson

The Reverend Phillip Johnson

Vicar

Phillip has been ordained for fifteen years and is an experienced parish priest. He leads our preaching ministry, regularly works in our local schools and has a passion for connecting modern culture to the teachings of Christ and the church. He began his career as a professional actor and theatre director and now specialises in conflict transformation and reconciliation work.

Mike Hancox

Mike Hancox

Licensed Lay Reader

Mike was born in Birmingham in 1947. At 16 he did an electromechanical apprenticeship eventually becoming a Sales Manager for a major electrical component manufacturer until he retired in 2007. Married to Anne, with two adult children, in 2007, Mike became a Chaplaincy Volunteer at Worcester Royal Hospital and was licenced as a Reader (LLM) in 2011. Hobbies include music (mainly Rock/R&B), computers, watching all forms of motorsport, reading, photography, caravanning and travel.

Allen Hudson

Allen Hudson

Licensed Lay Reader

My ministry includes assisting with and leading worship services, preaching and teaching, pastoral ministry, including taking funerals, and group work.  My journey, like that of most Christians, has given me hope and joy, as well as great surprises and moments of deep challenge. My favourite hymn is ‘Dear Lord and Father…’ because I experience God in that insistent ‘still, small voice,’ that inner calm amid the noise and confusion of life that calls me on and always calls me home to where I belong.

Eileen Tomlin

Eileen Tomlin

Licensed Lay Reader

I am Anna Chaplain and enjoy working with older people.

Mark Cook

Mark Cook

Churchwarden

Mark is a quintessentially broad Anglican, partner in social purpose law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors, husband, parent and child, living out a vocation to be a bridge between the un/disconnected, drawing from the wellsprings of Taizé and rooted in the ground of being of Julian of Norwich. Married to Deb, he enjoys real ale, world music, supporting Ipswich Town and he thrives on ideation, collaboration and connection.

David Sims

David Sims

Churchwarden

David is emeritus professor of organizational behaviour at City, University of London. He researched the place of stories in working life, some of which was applied to churches in Roberts, Vaughan S and Sims, David (2017) Leading by story: rethinking church leadership. London: SCM. He was chair of Modem, is a trustee of Sarum College and a governor of Dyson Perrins Academy. David has been a church organist, and loves music, walking, cycling, cooking, full bodied reds and family.

Anne Hancox

Anne Hancox

Churchwarden

Lancashire born, Anne trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at UCL. She worked in the NHS for 41 years specialising in Paediatric Learning Disabilities and subsequently Adult Learning Disabilities and Dementia. Despite retiring, Anne still has a small caseload and provides training. Anne liaises with the Dementia Meeting Centre and leads the Evening Mothers’ Union Group. Hobbies include gardening, walking, swimming, sewing and touring caravan holidays.

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Organist and Choirmaster

Peter is responsible for all aspects of music at the churches of St. Matthias and The Ascension. He plays the organ for regular services, weddings and funerals, maintains the two Choirs and organs and oversees the Children’s Choirs. He is also responsible for special musical events including the Thursday Lunchtime Concerts. Peter studied at Cambridge and Oxford and was Director Music at Holy Trinity, Coventry and St. Martin’s, Epsom. He regularly gives recitals in Hereford and Worcestershire.

Helen Laird

Helen Laird

Mission Enabler

Helen Laird, lives in Worcester with her husband Jamie and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called ‘Tilly’. Helen is employed by the Worcester Diocese and is placed with our parish to assist our churches with their work with children, young people, and their families. Helen has been helping at Monday Tots, the children’s and youth choirs, mentoring students at Dyson Perrins High School.

Debs Cook

Debs Cook

Monday Tots Lead

I grew up locally before going to London to train to be a speech and language therapist. I worked with children with differing needs in Blackburn, Bristol and Birmingham before returning to Malvern with my family. I was an ‘Early Years’ teacher at St Matthias’ School for several years. I believe that God’s love is for everyone, and I particularly enjoy welcoming children, young people and their families into our churches.

Sue Maxfield-Phillips

Sue Maxfield-Phillips

Parish Administrator

As Parish Administrator, Sue will be your first point of contact with the Parish, if you make a phone call, send an email or use a contact form on the Website.
She is also responsible for the hiring out of our spaces.

Philippa Lowe

Philippa Lowe

Worship Lead

Whilst exploring ordination Philippa volunteers for the parish, leading the monthly Compline service and gaining ministry experience. She suffers from ideas and enjoys delivering creative approaches to ministry, from publishing (‘The Angels of Malvern Link’), pioneering the Edible Nativity, to painting, hedge-trimming and wielding a saw. Gardening, reading, walking, music and Norfolk provide spiritual refreshment.

Sarah Maxfield-Phillips

Sarah Maxfield-Phillips

Ministry Lead

Sarah heads up MLWC’s schools ministry, arranging assemblies. She also manages SPARC and sits on the Deanery Synod.