About Us

We are a large, lively Anglican church, gathering people from all walks of life. We value good Bible teaching and living out the message of the Bible in a church family context, led by the Holy Spirit.

We believe that we are made for a relationship with God, through Jesus, who loves each of us passionately and cares deeply for us, and we seek to share God’s love with the local and wider community.

On Sundays we celebrate together through various styles, from a modern band to traditional hymns and organ, and we encourage you to have a look at our Sunday meetings as well as ways to get involved at Greyfriars.

We have lots of people who contribute to the life of Greyfriars Church and we’d love to introduce you to a few of those.

Meet the team


David Walker Vicar

Joy Atkins Associate Vicar

John Freeman Curate

Ministry Heads

Dan Bright
Youth Pastor

Sam Brown
Student Pastor

Heather Harper
Children's Pastor

Fiona Pollard
Prayer Pastor

Julian Rowlandson
Operations & Finance Director

Pete Willmot
Worship Pastor

Church Wardens

Debs Jeffries
Church Warden

Harvey Jessop
Church Warden

Parochical Church Council

Ayo Akintoye

Jonny Alden

Joy Atkins

Kat Clay

Alan Cross

Mark Hinckley

Harvey Jessop

Alfred Kolawole

Nick Lam

John Ledger

Katy Lyne

John Missenden

Tanya Newell

Simon Porter (Treasurer)

Arfon Rees (Chair)

Steve Smith

Margaret Stone

Chris Tinker

David Walker

Mal Summers (Secretary)

Deepa Senapathi

Matt Riley

Jennifer Nhau

Carol Atkins

Debs Jeffries

Lay Licensed Ministers

Philip Giddings

Chris Ledger

Dennis Parker

John Ledger

Ann Cogle


The building of Greyfriars Church was completed in 1311 by Franciscans, followers of St Francis of Assisi who were monks, then called friars, who wore grey, hence the name Greyfriars. It is now a Grade 1 listed building, being the oldest Franciscan building still used for worship in the UK. The church was completely refurbished in 2000, which means that we meet in a light and airy building amidst the ancient walls.

The Franciscans arrived in Reading in 1233 with the aim of telling people about Jesus and serving the local population, which continues to be the main aim of Greyfriars Church today.

For a fuller history, a limited edition 'History of Greyfriars Church, Reading' by Malcolm Summers is available from Greyfriars Bookshop.