Meet the new congregations team

The New Congregations team supports parishes in creating and developing new worshipping communities. Find contact details and more information below.

The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey

Archdeacon of Oxford & Senior Responsible Officer

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Jonathan is the Archdeacon of Oxford, a senior role in the diocese, and joined the programme in 2020, succeeding Martin Gorick in championing new congregations. 

The Revd Will Donaldson

Director of New Congregations

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Will has significant church planting experience, having formed new worshipping communities in Bristol and London.

Will leads the New Congregations programme for the Diocese of Oxford, which includes seven Resourcing Hubs, supported by diocesan and Church Commissioners funding, as well as the Greenhouse initiative, which aims to grow new congregations of all shapes and sizes in every deanery.

Sarah Flashman

New Congregations Enabler


Sarah joined the team in February 2021, bringing plenty of experience of both pioneer and diverse parish ministry. Her most recent post was as chaplain at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Sarah brings energy and strong pastoral gifts to the team. She is leading the team efforts to support parishes as they recognise the treasure they already have and see how to take the next step towards growing new congregations and launching greenhouses across the diocese.

Denise Dempsey

New Congregations Team Administrator

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Denise joined the team in January 2021, having worked previously as administrator for a number of organisations, most recently the University of Oxford.

Hannah Mann

New Congregation Project Manager


Hannah joined the team in January 2021, having previously worked as project manager in the charity sector, including the National Trust. Hannah has a keen interest in environmental initiatives.

The Revd Mike Moynagh

New Congregations Consultant


Mike has been part-time with the programme since 2019 and provides real expertise on new congregations. Mike has written numerous books on this, including The 21st Century Christian, and consults widely on new forms of church.


Olly Shaw

Pioneer Youth Worker


Olly joined the team part-time in January 2022 as Youth Pioneer with significant experience and expertise in Youth work. Olly has a heart for youth work and rural parishes and believes that every church has opportunities to be a blessing to the young people who live in their parish.

Olly launched the cross-diocese Youth Greenhouse in October 2021 to support churches who are looking to do discipleship work with people who are currently outside of church.

Steve Vickars

New Congregations Interim Project Manager


Steve joined the team in August 2021 to provide maternity leave cover for Hannah, bringing 27 years’ experience in project and programme management in public and private sector organisations.


Page last updated: 3rd March 2022 1:10 PM