Meet the team
Ralph is married to Anna and they have three children: Sophie, Zach and Jacob. Ralph became a Christian shortly before going to university in 1996. After seven years working as a university law lecturer he trained for pastoral ministry at WEST and Westminster Seminary London and was then Assistant Pastor at Aigburth Community Church, Liverpool. Ralph is a member of the Affinity Theological team and is editor of Affinity's journal Foundations. He is on the Steering Group of City to City UK and on the Board of UCCF: the Christian Unions. Ralph recently authored a book on Word and Spirit in preaching titled Preaching with Spiritual Power (2015, Mentor). When he hasn’t got his hands full looking after his children or pastoring the church he enjoys playing squash and watching cricket and football.
Matt is married to Jacky and they have a son, Reuben. Matt became a Christian when he was 14 at a summer camp. After studying Theatre and English Literature at Lancaster University he worked as a ministry trainee in Liverpool. Matt went on to teach at a secondary school on the Wirral before becoming a UCCF Staff Worker for Merseyside and Chester. He was involved in developing leaders in Africa with the charity Emerging Leaders and was then appointed as an Assistant Pastor at Christ Church Liverpool. Matt enjoys good food and good pubs and is even happier when he can find them together.
Rachel grew up near Brighton on the south coast before setting off for the distant (and very beautiful) shores of St Andrews to study Russian and International Relations. She worked then for 5 years with Christian Unions in the south of Russia before moving to Manchester for more student ministry, this time as a UCCF staffworker. More recently she has worked as a Women’s Worker at Christ Church Liverpool before returning to Manchester to help plant City Church. Rachel also does the occasional shift working at Starbucks.
Jeff is married to Shawn and they have two teenage daughters, Rebeckah and Rachel. They originally hail from Birmingham, Alabama but moved to Manchester to help oversee the operational side of life at City Church Manchester. Jeff previously worked in IT for a pharmaceutical company and more recently oversaw global operations for Campus Outreach. The Schofield family love barbecue, books and movies.
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Hannah grew up in Leeds and became a Christian in her early teens. She moved to Manchester in 2012 to study History of Art, where her involvement in the Christian Union was key to her growing in her faith. When she's not busy pondering the mysteries of art history in one of Manchester's art galleries, Hannah enjoys listening to jazz. She's a keen traveller, with South America being her next destination of choice.
Clint moved to Manchester from Phoenix, Arizona in summer 2016. Having completed his studies at Grand Canyon University, he was excited about the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with the people of Manchester and so joined City Church as part of the AT3 intern programme (http://at-3.org/). Most of his time is spent with students and strumming one of his many guitars. Clint loves music, people and nature.
Kathryn is the newest addition to the City staff team. Having recently graduated from Salford University, Kathryn is joining us this September as a Ministry Trainee. In her spare time Kathryn enjoys dancing, playing guitar, meeting people and completing a jigsaw puzzle now and then.