Who's who

Many people contribute to the life and work of St Andrew's church. You can find out more about us, or contact us directly, on this page. 

Fr Darren McFarland

Darren has been the Vicar of St Andrew’s since July 2011. He was born and brought up in
Northern Ireland. After university in Belfast he was trained and ordained in Dublin for
ministry in the Church of Ireland but since then has also served in two parishes in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. Darren is also Chair of Governors at St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School and a governor of Headington School. The vicarage garden occupies a lot of his free time and provides an extensive playground for Elizabeth the cat!

vicar.headington@gmail.com | 01865 761 094

Fr Tim Howles

Tim has been the curate at St Andrew’s since July 2017. He was ordained after a number of years in the publishing industry in London, where he was involved in developing new technologies for scientific books and journals (all his ideas feel very out-dated now, but they sounded good at the time!) Tim spent some years working in academic theology at the University of Oxford, having a special interest in how the Christian faith might relate to environmental values. He is married to Sarah, who is a surgeon in the Oxford hospitals, and also an academic working in the field of genetics. Together they have two young children, Thea and William, who are often to be found occupying the pulpit after a service while people enjoy their coffee. Perhaps they are hoping to take up the same calling as their father!


Jenn Strawbridge

Jenn is Associate Priest at St Andrew's, although she works full-time for Oxford University as an Associate Professor in New Testament Studies where she spends much of her time focusing on the letters of the Apostle Paul, Christian education, and early Christian heresies. Jenn’s connection to St Andrews dates back to 2009 when she was at Keble College, St Andrews’ patron, and she’s also a Foundation Governor at the parish school. More widely within the Church, Jenn serves as a Vocations Advisor in the Oxford Diocese and on the Faith and Order and Liturgical Commissions for the Church of England, and she was recently appointed as a Wiccamical Canon of Chichester Cathedral. Jenn is originally from Texas and before coming to St Andrews served as Chaplain of Keble College as well as Associate Rector, Priest-in-Charge, and curate at parishes in Connecticut and Virginia, USA. Her enthusiasms include poetry, music, baking, tennis, and her crazy labrador.


Richard Gledhill

Richard is Church Warden at St Andrew's church. ​He came to Oxford in 1976 to work in the Audiology Department at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where he met Deanne, a fellow Audiologist; they were married in 1980. The clergy grapevine soon established that he had been a server at his previous church and he joined St Andrews’ serving team. Over the years their family attachment to this church has grown: both his daughters were confirmed here and his elder daughter was married here. Richard served as churchwarden briefly around the turn of the millennium and took up the post again in 2013, at the same time as he retired as Head of Audiology after over 37 years in the NHS. At the time of writing, Richard has just been sworn in for his sixth year in the post and he continues to find it an enjoyable and challenging way to serve this beautiful church.


Malcolm Nichols

Malcolm has lived in Headington since 1962 and has had a long family and personal association with St Andrew’s Church, on an intermittent and sometimes extended basis from that time until today. As a churchwarden he aims to serve the church, clergy, colleagues, parish and congregation. His interests are in the history of art, architecture, civil engineering, science and technology, photography, aviation, reading and gardens.

Richard Bennett

Richard is the Director of Music at St Andrew's. Richard trained as a schoolmaster, began his working life as a teacher of chemistry, and has been a successful businessman, including running a group of children’s day nurseries. He served for many years as Ward Councillor and as Leader of the Majority Group on a local council in Surrey. Richard was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, began studying the organ in 1968, served for many years as a church choir director, and has worked at St Andrew’s since 2012. In that time he has formed and developed our wonderful choir. He is always looking for more people to join, so do speak to him if you are interested! Richard is married to Alison and they have two adult sons.


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