Ministry Team

Our Minister

Our minister is David Rees, who has been at Christ Church, Rayleigh since 1999. David is married to Birgit who is a minister and presently also works as a counsellor. They have two children, Rebecca who is at university and Sebastian at 6th form college. David, who is Australian, studied in Melbourne, Australia; Bonn, Germany; and Westminster College, Cambridge. He also ministers at The Bridgwater Drive Church in Westcliff-on-Sea.

Rev David ReesDavid writes;

"Life is full of twists and turns. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I, an Australian, would end up living in England married to a German. Sometimes life is good to us, and the unexpected is a pleasant surprise.

At other times though, the surprise is anything but pleasant and can become a disappointment or even a disaster. I believe the life of faith can help us cope with all of life's surprises. Faith can't stop bad things happening but can bring comfort and support. Knowing God helps us celebrate the good things in life, and also makes us aware of others who aren't as fortunate.

Being involved in a church such as Christ Church enables you to find a faith home. In all the varied church activities - whether 'spiritual' or not - there is a basis of faith in God. It is good to find out the difference God can make in your life. It is also good to be part of an environment that encourages you to do that. God bless you in your search for Him."

If you would like to know more about any aspect of our church, please contact our minister by e-mail: David Rees, and phone him on 01268 654900. You can find out more about David's thoughts as he writes a monthly church magazine article.


Our Children and Family Worker

Sandy BrownSandy Brown has been a member of the church for many years and became the Children and Family worker in August 2017. Sandy previously managed a preschool, has 2 early adult children and is married to Mike. She says" I am so pleased to be able to use my past experience within church life; to meet and support the community of Rayleigh."

Please mail Sandy or phone 07511 950633

Click here to transfer to the children and youth work pages.


Our Elders

The United Reformed Church endorses Elders as a vital part of the leadership of a congregation. Christ Church is fortunate that its 8 Elders, along with the minister, share responsiblility for the worship, day to day business and pastoral care of the congregation. Each Elder is linked to a church organisation and pastoral group, they are also the charity trustees.

To contact the Elders, please email the Church Secretary or phone Jean Hall on 01268 743148.