Alison Tsang Head of Compassionate Communities
Alison Tsang is heading up Compassionate Communities, having been part of it’s former incarnation, Capital Mass.
Alison was born in Sheffield but has lived in London for over 20 years. Having started her career in TV documentary production, she then studied Youth & Community Work & Theology.
She worked in various youth roles before moving into community work & project management, in several charities across London tackling local poverty as well as running national programmes.
Outside of work she’s involved in her local Refugees Welcome group welcoming Syrian families and sings in a gospel choir in central London. She also loves baking, sustainable living, & cinema.
Alison is overseeing the work of the team and particularly supporting the Diocese in our Caring for God’s Creation work. She’s passionate about seeing the church show the love of Jesus in practical ways to transform the communities which they serve.
Natasha Beckles Development Worker: Serious Youth Violence
Revd. Natasha Beckles joins us 2 days a week as part of her curacy in Edmonton Area, at St Martins NW5. She brings wisdom and energy to #TeamCC!
The Revd. Natasha Beckles is Assistant Curate at St. Martin’s Church in Gospel Oak, where she is studying priesthood and community partnership development. Natasha brings with her an extensive background in school improvement, including leadership development, safeguarding and inclusive education.
She is excited about the opportunity to support, signpost and celebrate the developing role of the local church as we seek to promote contextual safeguarding and work to interrupt serious youth violence, in and amongst London communities.
Natasha will be helping churches respond in areas of Serious Youth Violence and contextual Safeguarding. Please get in touch with her here - she’d love a conversation about what more we can do to keep our young people safe and thriving.
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Pattie Gercke Development Worker: Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Modern Slavery/Housing & Homelessness
Pattie Gercke joined us as Development Worker in September 2021 and we are thrilled to have her onboard #TeamCC.
After completing a degree in modern languages at the University of Nottingham, Pattie has spent most of her career working as an HR professional within the humanitarian sector for charities such as Oxfam, Medair and Tearfund, including time in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She then gained experience in the corporate sector working for Harley-Davidson covering HR for their EMEA growth markets, before taking a career break whilst her husband studied towards ordination with the Church of England.
Following a persistent sense of calling to work with refugees and asylum seekers, Pattie has pursued an MA in Development & Emergency Practise with Oxford Brookes University. She is passionate about issues of justice, hospitality, and community, and is excited about a role which brings together churches and charities to support and develop their work.
Pattie will be helping churches respond in areas around Refugees, Asylum seekers, Modern slavery and Homelessness. Please get in touch with her here - she’d love to meet anyone from the Diocese of London who’s doing stuff in those areas! And if you want to hear more about Pattie’s work, please do sign up to our newsletter here.
Hayley Humphreys Development Worker: Mental Health & Isolation/Debt & Financial Wellbeing
Hayley Humphreys joined us as Development Worker in September 2021 and we’re delighted to have her depth of knowledge and experience on #TeamCC!
Hayley has a background in youth and community work and has been engaged in various Christian social action initiatives for 18 years, most recently as a CAP debt centre manager in South London.
She is currently studying for an MA with Church Mission Society in Theology, Mission and Ministry and is passionate about seeing churches equipped to be good news in their community.
Hayley will be helping churches respond in areas of Debt & Financial Wellbeing, Food insecurity, Mental Health & Isolation. Please get in touch with her here - she’d love to meet churches across the Diocese.
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Rachel Partridge Senior Administrator
Rachel Partridge joined Compassionate Communities in Sept 2020 as our Senior Administrator. She powers the engine of #TeamCC and we genuinely wouldn’t function without her brilliant administrative skills!
Having studied Medical Engineering she went on to develop her project management skills in the areas of clinical trials and education. She’s delighted now to be using her professional background, along with her desire for lives to be transformed by the power of the Gospel, to equip churches in London to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Rachel leads the children’s work at her church and particularly loves teenagers. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Essex, where they spend their free time dancing & walking the dog.
The Rt. Revd. Joanne Woolway Grenfell Bishop of Stepney
Joanne Grenfell became the Bishop of Stepney in July 2019. Previously, Joanne was Archdeacon of Portsdown in the Diocese of Portsmouth, and before that Director of Ordinands and Residentiary Canon in Sheffield. She has experience of outer housing estate and inner city parishes, chaplaincy, and cathedral ministry.
Before ordination, Joanne was Lecturer in English at Oriel College Oxford, where she completed a DPhil in English Literature, specializing in Edmund Spenser and cultural geography. She also has an MA from the University of British Columbia, and a first degree from Oxford. She trained for ordination at Westcott House.
Joanne’s interests include mission and strategic development, education, particularly school governance, public life, and poetry. She is a Trustee of the Trust for London which tackles poverty and inequality in the capital. Her diocesan responsibilities involve being Bishop Sarah’s lead bishop for safeguarding and overseeing the Diocese’s social engagement ministry.
She is married to the Revd Canon Dr James Grenfell, Director of the Portsmouth Pathway, and they have three children.
The Rt. Revd. Graham Tomlin Bishop of Kensington
Graham Tomlin was born into a Christian family – his father was a Baptist minister – where he grew in faith from early years.
After a period of brief teenage atheism, he was drawn back into faith through the love of Christ shown through a group of friends in a local church in Bristol.
He studied at Bristol Grammar School and then at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he met his future wife Janet.
He worked in insurance for a couple of years, before training for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was curate at St Leonard’s Church in Exeter, before returning to Oxford to be Chaplain of Jesus College Oxford and a tutor at Wycliffe Hall.
He completed a PhD on St Paul, Martin Luther and Blaise Pascal, and went on to teach Historical Theology full-time at Wycliffe, where he was also Vice Principal for eight years.
In 2005, he and Janet moved to London, to help launch St Paul’s Theological Centre, which in 2007 became part of the new St Mellitus College, a partnership between the dioceses of London and Chelmsford and Holy Trinity Brompton. He was the College’s first Principal and has overseen the significant growth of the College over the past eight years.
He is the author of many books, including The Provocative Church (1992), Luther and his World (1992), Looking through the Cross (The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2014) and most recently, The Widening Circle: Priesthood as God’s Way of Blessing the World (2015).
He and Janet have two children: Sam, who is training to be a Salvation Army Officer with his wife Jenni, and Sian, who works for Age UK, and is married to Josh.