Church Staff

Steve Paynter

Vicar

I have been Vicar at St. Mary’s, Ealing since 1998. It is an exciting, challenging and fulfilling ministry, seeking to share the grace of God within the diverse, vibrant and growing Christian Community of St. Mary’s and beyond. My particular prayer for St. Mary’s is that each person will discover their God-given potential and calling, and be equipped to live out that calling in their lives to the glory of God.

I grew up in Hampton, Middlesex, studied Physics at Bath University and taught Physics at Wellsway School, Keynsham, for four years. I was ordained at Wells Cathedral in 1989 after training in Bristol. My special interests  are mountain walking, sailing, cricket, sustainable living and natural history. I am married to Jennie and have four grown up sons: Jono, Dan, Matt and Luke.

In my teens I went the Maths and Science route at school and moved away from any faith or belief in God. But science does not offer answers to the deepest questions of life, for example “Why am I here?” or “What is the purpose for our lives?” In seeking answers to these questions I found a personal faith in Jesus Christ while studying in Bath. Trusting in Jesus Christ has proved, from the first, both life enhancing and life changing.

Wai Meng Chow

Assistant Vicar

I went to Bristol to study economics and later qualified as an accountant. After working in Hong Kong for a few years, I returned to Bristol to read theology, during which I was selected for the ministry in the Church. I was ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2002 and my first parish as a Self Supporting Minister (SSM) was St James the Less in Pimlico. Prior to my ordination I was a member of St John’s, West Ealing. I have lived in Ealing for many years so I was delighted at the opportunity to become SSM at St Mary’s in 2011.

I work for an investment bank as a compliance officer in the commodities division. Given my keen interest in both economics and theology, I try to draw parallels and inject insights from both seemingly opposing spheres of thought in my sermons. More importantly, I believe the twin aspects of my calling are firstly, to be a light to the world outside the church and secondly, to be a spur to the church to get out into the world.

My other interests are walking, football (TV couch version), cars (slightly faster ones) and travel.

Alex Volossevich

Lay Commissioned Minister

My parents are Russian and came to England in the wake of the Second World War.  I was born in Chiswick, brought up in Acton and now live in Ealing.  I went to a church youth club in Acton and came to faith in my late teens at college after which I joined a local evangelical Church of England church.  I have been in that tradition ever since.

My early career was in engineering after which I diversified into management and now I run several businesses in the City of London.

My Christian life has been varied: brought up Eastern Orthodox, married in a Roman Catholic cathedral, my wife, and I have been involved in Inter Church families and the Community of the Cross of Nails – organisations trying to bridge the gap between different Christian communities.  I have run Alpha courses, led a Christian Union at work, and preached in several countries.  I hold the Bishop’s Commission as a Lay Minister.

I have been at St Mary’s since 1999 with a focus on the evening congregation.  My passion is communication – telling people of the good news of Jesus Christ in many forms.  I preach regularly but I also write songs, poems and hymns, some of which have been sung at St Mary’s.

I have a wife and two grown-up daughters.

Angela Barnfather

Lay Commissioned Minister

I was born in Ealing and have lived here all my life. I committed my life to Christ while in the youth club at St Mary’s. I worked as a primary teacher and am now retired. My interest in children has led to a desire to involve them in all aspects of church life, especially worship.

On retirement I felt called to serve God in a wider sphere of ministry within the church, and in 2007 I became a Commissioned Lay Minister at St Mary’s.

I have a particular interest in prison ministry and visit a local prison. I enjoy walking, music, reading and visiting Kew Gardens.

Jean Barclay

St Mary’s Administrator

I was born in Lincolnshire and went to the local C of E primary school in a village called Friskney. I attended the church next to the school and was in the choir until I was 15. I came to London in 1975 and joined the BBC and worked there for 16 years, starting off as an office clerk and worked my way up to be Administration Manager at Ealing Film Studios looking after over 1000 staff, mainly the film crews.  I left the BBC in 1992 when I had my second child. I joined St Mary’s church in 1991 and quickly became involved in the family life of St Mary’s, helping in the crèche then becoming a Sunday school teacher. I started working in the office here part-time in 1994. I now work 5 days a week and as you can imagine the work is very varied. As well as all the church and hall bookings I am often the first point of contact to people coming into church for a variety of reasons including baptisms, marriages and funerals, sometimes dealing with all three in the same day!

Chris Kennedy

Ordinand

Chris is our ordinand and is studying at St Mellitus College. He is married to Hannah and has a son, Ethan.

 

Catherine Hellings

Assistant Administrator

I grew up at St Mary’s, having been baptised here as a baby, and my parents are still very active church members.

I studied History of Art at the University of St Andrews. Following graduation, I decided not to pursue a career in the art world and instead worked for a Christian charity and a couple of London churches before starting my role at St Mary’s.

I am married to James who is the worship leader at St Dionis Parsons Green.

I enjoy tennis, golf, interior design and all things creative.

Wayne Leighton

Church Warden

Wayne has been a member of St Mary’s for many years and is married to Sandra. He set up the Polygonian Friends at St Mary’s, which meets once a week for an afternoon of lunch, music, exercise and socialising. His interests include football (he has previously managed South Ealing Saints), reading and walking. You can contact Wayne on wayneleighton99@gmail.com.

Brian Everett

Church Warden

I have been a member of St Mary’s for 40 years and have served as Churchwarden once before.

Happily retired, I enjoy holidays with my wife Liz, both in the UK and abroad. I am a keen visitor of art exhibitions and a member of the Tate. I am also a member of Ealing U3A and keep the grey cells active during discussions at their Philosophy Group.

Walking , reading and swimming are regular activities and I am seeking opportunities to sail on the Solent.

Family time, especially with three grandchildren, is a real blessing as is being part of and serving the community here at St Mary’s.

You can contact Brian on brianjohne@aol.com.