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Although certain people have been appointed to serve the church in specific ways, we actually have around 150 ministers at Magdalen Road. We encourage every person in the church to use their unique gifts and experiences to serve one another and the wider community. In our life together we aim to imitate Christ in speech, love and service, so that we may nurture one another towards Christian maturity.



Dan Steel - Lead Pastor

The Steel family arrived in Oxford in 2011. Dan is a native Oxonian and he and Zoe arrived at Magdalen Road having planted Grace Church in Birmingham. They have four children (Ellie, Barney, Josh and Abi).  Any time he's not running around after his children Dan would like to be doing something sporty or eating ice cream at G&D's.

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  Steel family 2018

Phil Bailey - Assistant Pastor

Phil, Megan and Clara arrived in Oxford in August 2020, after studies at Oak Hill College. Getting established in Oxford has been slow work due to the pandemic, but they are enjoying meeting people, exploring the surrounding countryside and discovering Oxford's live music scene. Phil helps with a variety of responsibilities around church life, including preaching and pastoral care, and line manages the ministry trainees.

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  Bailey family (small)

Matt Hutchings - Assistant Pastor

In 2014 Matt got married to Charlotte and moved from London to Oxford. They quickly joined Magdalen Road Church, and have since had two children. After a career in teaching, Matt joined the staff team in 2019, and now serves as one of the Assistant Pastors whilst also studying theology part-time with Crosslands. Alongside general preaching and pastoral work, Matt oversees the children's work and Safeguarding.

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  Matt Hutchings

Kitty Brittenden - Pastoral Worker  

Kitty Brittenden fulfils her role as pastoral worker/mobiliser in which she mainly pastorally trains and equips the church family of MRC, whilst also engaging in pastoral work herself. Kitty works with leaders of different church ministries and activities, building a pastoral support team and helping to create a culture where we all care for one another as the body of Christ. Kitty is linked to Biblical Counselling UK (BCUK), part of a growing network of church care and counselling throughout the country.

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Kitty Brittenden

Hannah Langley - Administrator

Hannah is responsible for keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes at the church office. She's from Southampton originally, went to university in Birmingham where she met her husband Jon, and they moved to Oxford in 2012. They live in Abingdon with their daughter Abby and son Zac. Hannah joined the MRC staff team as a ministry trainee in 2018, then took over as church administrator in 2019. When she's not busy with admin, she enjoys baking and/or eating cake, especially with a good cup of coffee and friends.

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James Hume - Old Schoolhouse Administrator

The development of The Old Schoolhouse, the new home of MRC, has brought with it the need of an administrator. James does that role alongside being on the OS Mini Steering Group and Implementation Team. He's on site every Thursday but can be reached via email for any OS needs at other times! Originally from London, but after studying Software Engineering at the pearl of Wales, Aberystwyth University, he spent most of the last two decades living and working in South Wales. After marrying long time MRC member Liz in 2019 he moved to Oxfordshire and became a member at MRC. When he's not masterminding spreadsheets for the OS he likes to play as much Basketball as his knees will allow and introduce his wife to films few people have heard of.

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  James Hume


The overall leadership and direction of the church is the responsibility of our elders, who meet regularly to discuss and pray for all aspects of the life of the church. The elders are Dan Steel, Matt Hutchings and:

Charlie Currie

Charlie has been in Oxford since studying Physics as an undergraduate from 1998 to 2002, and has been part of Magdalen Road Church since 2003.  He teaches Physics A level in a school in North Oxford. Charlie and Ruth live just off the Cowley road, with their daughters Esther and Chloe, and occasional lodgers. Ruth is a Social Worker, based in Abingdon. Outside of teaching Charlie nurtures gentle obsessions with science fiction, board games, and bad cinema.

  Charlie Currie

Andrew Anderson

Andrew was ordained into the ministry of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) in 1981 and served at Greenside Parish Church in the east end of Edinburgh for thirty years. He and his wife Hazel retired to Oxford in 2012 and joined Magdalen Road Church in 2013. Andrew was appointed Chaplain at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the Woodstock Road in 2013 and retired from this appointment at the end of 2019. He and Hazel have two married sons and four grandchildren.

  Andrew Anderson


Deacons are appointed by the church to lead specific ministries. They have responsibility for the day-to-day management of their particular ministries under the leadership of the elders.

Finance Team

We are currently training up a new treasury team, with responsibilities shared out between a number of people. A new finance deacon will be appointed in Autumn 2021. Until then, if you need to contact the treasury team, you can do so here.

Finance Team

Catherine Weston - Global Engagement

Catherine is married to Richard and has lived in Oxford since 1990, moving to East Oxford and Magdalen Road Church in 2009.  In the church where she grew up, in Warwickshire, she learned that being involved in God’s mission in other parts of the world is a normal and integral part of local church life. With two sons now grown up and left home, Catherine and Richard seek to create a hospitable home for lodgers and for international students who come to this global city. Catherine enjoys singing and drawing and learning about different cultures.

Catherine Weston

James Greig - Homegroups

James and his wife Emily have been living in Marston and part of MRC since 2007.  James is a partner in Oxford solicitors firm Blake Morgan and Emily is doing a post-graduate course in Local History, with both children now away at university.  James takes comfort from the fact there seems to be at least one Christian lawyer called Zenas in the Bible, mentioned in Titus!  He runs Christian Heritage walking tours and museum tours in his spare time, publicised through the website www.zenasheritagetours.com.  James and Emily are firm believers in the 'one another' Scriptures which they encourage us to live out in home groups.


Ministry Trainees



Grace has been part of the MRC family since 2015 but originally hails from the Emerald Isle. She is currently undertaking part-time theological training with Crosslands to help her as she serves with MRC throughout the week. She is looking forward to creating prayer resources and encouraging engagement with the global church. In her spare time, she is an avid writer, consumes copious amounts of ramen, and has a particular penchant for 19th and early 20th Century music.

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Ministry Trainees

If you would be interested in a year working with Magdalen Road Church we would love to hear from you. Contact Pastor Dan for more information

  Dan   Carol

Trainee Cross-cultural Worker


Jonny Ascott

Jonny arrived in Oxford in 2020 to work for a missions organisation as a ministry trainee. As part of his training, he is seeking to serve MRC in its desire to reach out to the diverse local community, while he studies theology with Crosslands. 

As well as his passion for seeing the gospel spread, Jonny loves deep chats, cheap hostels, and playing spikeball.
  Jonny Ascott