St Andrew Holborn is a diverse community whose members encompass many different aspects of the church’s life. This diversity is reflected in the leadership of the Church. Our Guild Vicar is the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham. Bishop Jonathan has a wide range of experience including academic posts at Oxford University and ministry as a bishop overseeing many different churches. Bishop Jonathan is currently a Member of the General Synod of the Church of England. We also have in addition, because of Bishop Jonathan’s episcopal role, a full time Associate Vicar. Fr Mark Young exercises that role, bringing experience of ministry in urban and suburban parishes in London and experience of outreach to people on the margins of Society.
Bishop Jonathan and Fr Mark work closely with the Guild Church Council in developing fresh vision of outreach and mission to those who work in the locality. John Booth and Sue Johns are the Guild Church Wardens. Both have been Members of the General Synod, and they both currently have leadership roles in their home Dioceses of Chichester and Norwich.
Ms Sue Johns Our Director of Music is James McVinnie. James was Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey between 2008 and 2011, where he played for regular services and directed the Abbey’s world-famous choir. He has played at many state occasions and special services of national importance which were broadcast live on television, including the 2011 Royal Wedding.
Prior to his appointment to the Abbey, he held similar positions at St Paul’s Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral, and at Clare College, Cambridge where he studied music. A strong advocate of new music, James regularly collaborates with leading contemporary composers. He has been Director of Music at St Andrew Holborn since 2006.