Our ministry team

Jonathan Bell


Jonathan grew up in the south-east of England before studying for a degree in music from Nottingham University and discovering the joys of the East Midlands. For five years he was on the staff of St Giles’ Church in Derby, before training for ordination at Oak Hill Theological College. He is married to Rachel.

Jonathan was ordained in June 2014 and is serving his curacy with us. He and Rachel are delighted to be experiencing ‘village life’ for the first time.

Ralph Homer

Lay Reader

Rachel Hobbs

Lay Reader

Rachel spent all her working life in nursing, with the final 20 years of her career as a lecturer in nursing at Nottingham. Rachel and her husband John moved to Risley in 1999, and have since worshipped at All Saints, Risley.
A committed Christian since her early 20’s, in 2004 Rachel began her Lay Reader training, and was licensed to Derby Diocese and the benefice in July 2007. Since retiring from work in 2011, Rachel has been involved with pastoral support and visiting, and now leads the Benefice Pastoral Support Team.
Rachel loves gardening and if she is not busy in her own, she might well be found gardening with other volunteers in the grounds of Treetops Hospice in Risley

Robin Lacey

Lay Reader

Elaine Warren


Elaine works in the church office and it is her calm soothing voice that is likely to be your first contact when phoning the church.