The staff team are a dedicated bunch of multi-talented people. Here’s a bit about the people you'll find on a weekly basis in the church office.

 Vicar  Rev. Canon Chris Russell

Rev. Canon Chris Russell

Chris is the Vicar at St Laurence and has been here since 2001 working to the mandate of building a multi-generational community, with a particular mission amongst young people. Chris trained for the Ordained Ministry at Ridley Hall during which he also did an M Phil in Dogmatic Theology at Cambridge University. He was ordained in 1996 and later made a Canon of Christchurch Cathedral Oxford in 2013.  Alongside his role as Vicar of St Laurence, he also works part-time as the Archbishop’s Advisor for Evangelism & Witness at Lambeth Palace on Wednesdays & Thursdays. He is married to the beautiful Belinda and has three lovely girls: Hope, Jessie & Dora.

 Associate Vicar  Rev. Chris Jones

Associate Vicar
Rev. Chris Jones

Chris is our Associate Vicar and joined Saint Laurence in September 2017 to work with the team in shaping and growing the church through its mission. Before joining Saint Laurence Chris completed his curacy at St Luke’s Watford, having trained for ordination at Trinity College Bristol. He previously worked for J.John’s ministry, Philo Trust, as the Graphics and Resources Manager for 12 years. Chris is married to Becky, who was part of the team that left Soul Survivor Watford to join the Russells in 2001; they have three children, Ollie, Jasmine and Levison, and a bouncy cockapoo called Banksy.

 Finance Administrator  Marion Shepherd

Finance Administrator
Marion Shepherd

Marion is a self-employed Finance Administrator and has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the church finances and the reconciliation of all income and expenditure. Marion is a member of LifeSpring Church where she is employed as their Finance Administrator and she also supports Reading Family Church in this as well. Marion is married with 2 grown up children and has recently become a Nanna to William. 

 Youth Counsellor  Zanelle Brackin

Youth Counsellor
Zanelle Brackin

Zanelle is a qualified counsellor who offers specialist support to our young people as well as other clients elsewhere on a contract basis. She’s been part of the team since 2015 and is a committed member of the worshipping community at The Globe, Reading where she’s been for 2 years. She is married to Vaundel.