Our Parish Team

The Reverend Philip Wells

Vicar of Wantage

Fr Philip read History at the University of East Anglia before training for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He served his Title as Assistant Curate of Holt with High Kelling in North Norfolk before being appointed as Chaplain to the Bishop of Wakefield. From 2013 until 2019 Fr Philip was Vicar of Holy Trinity, Lamorbey in the Diocese of Rochester, and Area Dean of Sidcup between 2016 and 2019. He was installed and inducted as Vicar of Wantage on 18th March 2019. 

Fr Philip is married to Beth and has four daughters. 

The Revd Benji Tyler 

Assistant Curate

John Ridgway


Bill Jestico 


Phil Johnson

Director of Music

Jan Ralston 


Bob Chaplow

PCC Secretary

David Law

PCC Treasurer

Flora Hobden


Pamela Allen

Parish Administrator

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Matt Godfrey

Parish Safeguarding Officer

The Diocese of Oxford has produced an information leaflet detailing some of the main roles held by parish officers and giving some sense of what they involve. 

You might find it useful to learn more about the importance of these roles, and may even feel emboldened to consider standing at some point, yourself. The leaflet helps to encourage those who might fear they do not have the skills or gifts for office, and points to the support available from Church House and the area teams.

There is also a longer leaflet just about the work of churchwardens.