Who’s who at St James’s

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REVD Ian Gallagher · Vicar

Born 1971, ordained 2008. Hails from a large Irish family in North America, including an identical twin brother. Ian has a BMus from the Oberlin Conservatory and an MA from Duke University in singing and historical performance practice; he was a lecturer in music history at Duke before emigrating to Germany in 1997 and then worked internationally as a professional musician and stage performer. Ian became an Anglican at St George’s Berlin, where he later served as a lay pastoral assistant. Prior to his arrival in 2014 as the eleventh vicar of St James’s, Ian served as interim rector in Frankfurt am Main and as team curate in Liverpool. Locally he chairs the Community and Police Engagement (CAPE) group for Enfield Highway ward. Ian also serves as a formational and placement supervisor for enquirers, postulants and ordinands from the Diocese in Europe.  Ian loves languages, music and theatre, travelling, most anything with subtitles, quiz evenings, and making soup.

REVD Henderson George · Associate Vicar

Born 1944, ordained 2007.  Born and raised in Trinidad to Grenadian parents, Henderson came to Britain in 1967 and served both in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.  As a schoolteacher he spent his career in East London and North London, including as a headteacher in Hackney and Bethnal Green, and lastly as Deputy Head at a primary school in Tottenham. Before coming to St James’s in 2012, he was a curate in Hackney and before ordination a Lay Reader in Poplar.  At St James’s Henderson has a particular brief for pastoral work, and since 2016 also serves as Assistant Area Director of Ordinands. Married with two children and two grandchildren, Henderson also confesses to being a supporter of Liverpool FC.

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Keith Harvey LLM · Licensed Lay Minister

Born 1959, licensed 2019. Born in Ponders End and has lived all his life in Enfield. He has been a part of St James’s since 1966 when he joined the cubs of the 1st Enfield Scout Group and is still a scout leader in Enfield.  Keith served for many years as a Junior Church leader at St James’s.  His career has mainly been spent working for local government in the Highways Department. Keith has a wide range of musical tastes (from punk to Puccini!), is a member of a local darts team, and an avid Arsenal FC supporter.  Keith is the younger of two sons to his parents who also attend St James’s, and his elder brother is also a Licensed Lay Minister, serving in Hoddesdon, Herts.  Keith married in 2015.

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Iris Barber + Linda Fenwick · Churchwardens

Before their election as the churchwardens of St James’s in 2019, Iris and Linda have served the parish in a number of capacities—Iris lastly as parish treasurer and Linda as co-ordinator of St James’s social events ministry.  Out of their initiative they founded and have been running together the parish's popular weekly Over 50s Fellowship Club, which has been going strong since 2017. Iris and Linda have also also instrumental in establishing Family Fun Days in church over the school holidays. Linda and Iris have long been passionate advocates for the mission of St James’s in our local community.  The parish has reaped the benefits of Iris’s baking and plant propagating, not to mention Linda’s talent for creative activities and fundraising events.

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David Andrews · Ordinand

Born 1985, candidate for Holy Orders since 2019. Born in Enfield and raised in Cheshunt.  He studied War Studies at the University of Kent and received an MA in Youth and Community Work from the University of Northampton.  He has worked in pastoral roles across three schools in the borough of Enfield and led youth work in Northampton and Enfield.  David also holds a diploma in therapeutic counselling.  He began ordination training at St Mellitus College in September 2019.  David is spending a year as a Chaplain Cadet with the British Army at the University of London Officer Training Corps.  David enjoys the outdoors and has been an assistant leader at the 10th Enfield Sea Scouts since 2008.  In July 2021 David will be ordained a deacon at Hereford Cathedral, and will serve as the curate of the parish of Church Stretton in Shropshire.

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Aleksandra Tomaszewska · Parish Administrator

Born 1996, appointed 2017. Aleksandra came to London as a university student, earning a BA in history at University College London with a specialism in church history, while working in two Camden parishes, then serving as a chaplaincy assistant at King’s College London. Aleksandra has also helped to establish a Polish-speaking Anglican community in Watford.  She is pursuing an MPhil in Anglican studies at the University of Cambridge while also serving as Chapel Clerk at Lincoln’s Inn, one of the four Inns of Court in central London.  She is also discerning a call to ordained ministry in the Church of England.  Aleksandra enjoys in equal measure the company of cats and cups of tea.