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

Assistant Vicar

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 help to 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. After holding the Bishop’s Commission as a Lay Minister since 2005 I studied for 3 years at St Mellitus College and graduated in Theology in the summer of 2018.

I have been at St Mary’s since 1999 with a focus on the evening congregation until 2017.  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, hymns and carols, some of which have been sung at St Mary’s.

I have a wife and two grown-up daughters.

Angela Barnfather

Commissioned Lay 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 enjoy reading, music, walking, and visiting art galleries and 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!

Justine Foley

Church Warden

I’ve been a Christian my entire life – from a large Anglo/Irish Catholic family, I could hardly have been anything else!  For many years during my childhood, I would spend Sunday’s attending both my father’s Catholic church (St Sebastian’s) and my mother’s Anglican church (Holy Innocents) both in Kingsbury, North West London. Sunday’s were always busy!

At the age of 12, my parents allowed my younger sister and I to decide whether we wished to be baptised within the Church of England or Roman Catholic. We both chose to continue our Christian journey within the Church of England and were baptised and later confirmed.

When I moved to Australia aged 24, I started to attend St Martins church in Killara, Sydney and I worked for Sony Pictures for 11 years.  I returned to England with my husband in 2006, and we quickly settled in Ealing and began our family.  Having visited a number or Churches in Ealing, we loved the community and welcoming atmosphere of St Mary’s.  When our son was born, I joined their baby and toddler group (which I still help out at!) As we became more embedded within the church family, I also started to assist in our COSMOS GROUPS. As my faith grew I joined a St Marys home group, which I found enriching on many levels. As my children are now at High School, I have decided to serve our church in a more formal role, by becoming a church warden. I am very much looking forward to this next chapter on my journey of faith.

Beverley Everett

Church Warden

I was first introduced to St. Mary’s and its church family by my Aunt and Uncle when I was about 4 whilst holidaying here, but became a more regular member of the church about 30 years ago when I moved here from the county of Rutland to become a legal secretary for a law firm in Green Park.  Since then, having got married, had two lovely children and a number of jobs later in paper and packaging, building and school sectors I am currently working as the Junior School Registrar for a local church school where I have happily worked for the last 5 years.

My Christian life, as with others, has been a journey of ups and downs but properly started at a Billy Graham rally here in London and continued through the exploration of the faith whilst away at college then here with our then 20 something Home group called “Box”.  During my time at St. Mary’s I have served as PCC Secretary and helped out in one our Sunday morning COSMOS children’s groups and on the Welcome Desk.  I now look forward to being of service as one of St. Mary’s Church Wardens.