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PAUL ZAPHIRIOU - VICAR

Paul has been in leadership at the church since 2006. He is married to Bonnie, and between them they have two daughters, three young grandchildren and two cats. Before becoming a vicar, Paul was involved in energy and finance, but now he looks at casting our vision in the church and the community, and at encouraging everyone to move from aspirations to action! He is also currently the Area Dean of Islington. Both Paul and Bonnie are huge cricket and rugby fans, and love travelling, sailing and reading.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Leadership

CONTACT:

paul@hopechurchislington.org

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SARAH MCDONALD - ASSOCIATE VICAR

Sarah is involved in the daily running of the church and has responsibility for the Nags Head Church Community  - a weekday church plant operating out of a coffee shop - see nagsheadcc.com. Sarah trained for Ordination at St Mellitus and is passionate about encouraging women in leadership. Sarah has a dog called Tia, and enjoys board games, tattoos, and Game of Thrones.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Leadership, Nags Head Church Community

CONTACT:

sarah@hopechurchislington.org

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MATT WAY - CURATE 

Matt joined the team in September 2015 as an Ordinand, and was ordained in June 2018 to serve as our Curate! Matt is married to Esther, and together they have two young children. Before he joined us, Matt and Esther ran a wedding photography business, which Esther has continued. When not vicaring, Matt enjoys roaming the streets on his electric skateboard.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Discipleship / Life Groups

CONTACT:

matt@hopechurchislington.org

 

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SZABINA PATEL - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Szabina joined the staff team in July 2017 as PA to Paul and Sarah. Originally from Hungary, Szabina has previously worked as an executive assistant, as well as for Alpha Hungary, so we are hopeful that she can keep them both organised! Szabina is married to Rahil and enjoys exploring new areas of London.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Operations, accounts, HR, diary & events management, hosting

CONTACT:

szabina@hopechurchislington.org

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SOPHIE RAESIDE - ORDINAND

Sophie joined the staff team in September 2018 as an Ordinand, where she is placed as part of her training at St Mellitus Theological College. Before joining the team at Hope Church, Sophie worked as a Media and Communications Manager and attended Holy Trinity Brompton. Sophie is a big fan of cats, games and (according to her husband, Simon) Liverpool FC.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Tuesday Tea, Torch

CONTACT:

sophie@hopechurchislington.org

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MARY ROBERTS - PROPERTIES MANAGER

Mary came to faith at Hope Church nearly 10 years ago and has been a committed member ever since, joining the staff team in June 2018. Passionate about outreach, Mary has been a keen volunteer in many areas of ministry, and (abnormally?!) loves the opportunity to use her administrative skills! If Mary isn’t at Church, you will probably find her on the side of a football pitch cheering on her son Tristan (or Arsenal!). 

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Buildings, bookings, maintenance

CONTACT:

mary@hopechurchislington.org

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FREJA LEVERITT - WORSHIP AND MINISTRY ASSISTANT

After spending a year as our Worship central Intern Freja joined the Team as our Worship and Ministry assistant, supporting the life of the church. Freja is very musical, having sung in choirs for the last 11 years, as well as playing flute, piano, guitar, ukulele, bass and recorder. She has an unhealthy obsession with Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl, can rap the entire of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’, and dreams of being in an ABBA tribute band if the whole worship thing doesn’t work out.

CONTACT:

freja@hopechurchislington.org

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ALISTAIR AHMADOV - VERGER

Alistair is the longest-serving member of our staff team - he came to the UK from Azerbaijan and has been making sure our buildings are clean and well-presented ever since. Alistair loves going to the seaside on mini-breaks with his wife, Naila.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Maintenance – St Mary Magdalene Church

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Sammy Gichoya- PETER STREAM

After serving for several years as our church warden Sammy joined the team as part of the Peter Stream. The Peter Stream is an initiative run by CRT to train new church leaders from diverse backgrounds. Sammy is remaining in his job at Islington Council whilst he trains at St Mellitus in Theology.

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TOLA AKINDE-HUMMEL - CHURCH WARDEN

 

VERITY SYKES - CHURCH WARDEN

 

LAY READERS

Roderick Jones

LICENSED PASTORAL ASSISTANTS

Kevin O’Connor

CHILDREN’S ADVOCATE

Becky Pryce

SAFEGUARDING OFFICER

Sandra Bull

TREASURER

Steve Moss


Would you like to be part of our team? Please check out our Current Vacancies page