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 joined us in the summer of 2021 as our Church Growth and Planting Enabler. 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 – Ordinand
Ryan, who has been a member of our congregation for many years, started full-time training for ordained ministry in the Church of England in September 2020 and is now in his second (and final) year at St Mellitus College, Nottingham. Together with the Bishop and his team, they are currently working out where he’ll be for the next stage of his training, which will be a curate post somewhere in the Nottinghamshire area.
Claire Tufnell – Ordinand
Claire, married to our vicar, is also an ordinand with us and has been in training since September 2020. Like Ryan, she is also in her second (and final) year at St Mellitus College, Nottingham. Claire is involved in many aspects of ministry at Christ Church especially around our outreach activities.
Andy Thomas – Operations Manager
Andy took up the role of Operations Manager in September 2019 having arrived in Chilwell with Katrina, Alex and Lucy in January 2019. With a background in IT security, and an eye for detail, Andy oversees and manages the operational side of church, from hall bookings and building maintenance, to writing and implementing policies and procedures which enable church to function. Andy enjoys being out and about, especially cycling now Alex and Lucy are old enough to keep up!
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 two safeguarding coordinators 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