Rev Andy Tufnell
Andy arrived at Christ Church in 2017 with his wife Claire and their two daughters. Before he began full time ministry in the church he was a secondary school Physics teacher in the UK and Uganda. Andy loves time with his family, whether it’s a family walk, attempting to sing along to the latest Disney soundtrack, or playing on the beach. You could easily spark a conversation with Andy with an exploration of the big questions of philosophy, Physics and faith. But, if you prefer movies, books or watching the football over a pint, you’ll find Andy equally satisfied.
Tom Murphy – Curate
Tom joined us in the summer of 2021 as our Church Growth and Planting Enabler. He is one of our curates. He has been married to Helen for 35 years and has four daughters and four grandchildren. Tom has spent the last 25 years as a Pastor in two Vineyard churches – 22 years at Trent Vineyard seeing the church grow from 30 people to 3,000 people and planting 10 church plants and three years a church planter in Derby.
Ryan Mellor – Curate
Ryan is one of our curates and leads The Orchard, a new worshipping community based at St Barnabas in Inham Nook. Ryan also has responsibility for the Hope Community Hub, a partnership between our churches and Hope Nottingham. The weekly activities at the Hub are one of the ways we love our neighbour through hospitality, friendship and practical support. He is married to Sally and they have two teenage daughters and a dog called Theo. Ryan loves walks in big open spaces (ideally near a pub) and rugby.
Claire Tufnell – Curate
Claire’s married to our vicar, Andy, and is a curate with us. She enjoys being active, whether riding bikes with her two girls or walking their dog Olive (who also plays her part in the parish as a therapy dog). Claire’s involved in many aspects of ministry especially around our outreach activities, from the toddler group (Happy Tots) to ‘Shelter’ – a hot chocolate ministry for young people and visiting local nursing homes.
The churchwardens are elected annually by church members and are the representatives of the church to the vicar and the vicar to the church. They have practical responsibility for the buildings and fabric of the church and help the vicar in developing the strategic direction for the church. Following election at the parish Annual General Meeting, the wardens are then formally appointed by the Bishop and act as Officers for the Bishop. Their roles are:
- to support the vicar and work with the vicar in leading the church
- to be responsible for the buildings and grounds of the church
The wardens can be contacted via the Church Office.
We have safeguarding coordinator who advise on safeguarding matters at Christ Church, Chilwell and St Barnabas, Inham Nook.
- Publishing the notice sheet each week (available via email, church website and paper copy)
- General and practical queries
- Room bookings
- Bookings for baptisms, funerals or weddings
- Ordering supplies
- Booking appointments for the vicar
- Supporting services by providing the paperwork and administration