St John The Baptist

Little Marlow

Welcoming visitors for nearly 1,000 years.

Welcome to St John the Baptist. Our doors have been open for nearly 1000 years and we look forward to welcoming you to our peaceful church in this ancient village.

Are you new?

Whether you’re visiting Little Marlow and just passing through, or you are new to the area and are looking to find a new church, perhaps you are just starting to explore the Christian faith, we want you to feel welcome in St John the Baptist and come to think of it as home. You will find plenty of information on this website about the church, what we believe and what we do, but if you want to find out more then we’re always happy to talk.

How to find us

St John the Baptist Church is located at the bottom of Church Road in Little Marlow. To access Church Road you turn off Marlow Road just by the King’s Head pub.

The St John The Baptist Team

Team Vicar: Revd Fiona Ellingham

Fiona is married to Robin and has one married daughter, Abbie. Fiona arrived from Canada in 1968, aged 18 months with her six siblings, when her parents returned in the UK, emigrating 15 years prior. She grew up in Kent and likes Rugby, Cricket, narrow boating and camping. Fiona also enjoys cross-stitch, singing and playing the Piano. She loves crime dramas and documentaries.

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Children's Worker: Abby Bowler

Abby is married to Mat and they have two young sons. Abby studied Performing Arts at University and then went to Drama School. After leaving Drama School, she taught drama and dance lessons to young children and then worked in the media industry. For the last few years she has been teaching at a local college and is thrilled to now be working as a Children’s Worker at St John the Baptist, working collaboratively with children from Little Marlow Infant School. In her spare time she enjoys running, attending Zumba Classes, going on family bike rides and visiting lot’s of National Trust sites.

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Churchwarden: Peter Rodger

Peter Rodger became a churchwarden in 2020. He is a retired Chartered Accountant who specialised in International Corporate Taxation. He and his wife Prue moved to Flackwell Heath in the late 1980s. They have three grown up children, two of whom live locally, whilst the third and his family are currently living in Kuala Lumpur.  They have six grandchildren and he occupies his time walking their 4 dogs, beating on a couple of local shoots and watching rugby, particularly Wales where he was born. He is allowed to garden, but only under strict supervision and also is an occasional minibus driver for Age Concern and Wye Valley Volunteers.

Churchwarden: Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith took on the role of Churchwarden in 2015. Jeffrey has a background in the education sector, and in recent years has worked for the Department for Work and Pensions on recruitment and training projects to help young people and others into work in South West London. He has lived in Bourne End for many years, married to Maureen – also from a teaching background – and has a grown up family. In his spare time he enjoys the challenge of battling against the weeds and wildlife at his allotment in Little Marlow, though he is glad he is not paid by results – as the output in produce doesn’t quite match the effort in spadework – but never give up is my motto! He tries to keep a semblance of fitness through cycling and jogging and is determined to keep cycling to Little Marlow.


St John the Baptist, Little Marlow has been welcoming visitors to its doors for nearly 1,000 years. The church is a grade II listed building with an extensive history and is set beside the Manor House in the village of Little Marlow, a conservation area. Our church is a popular venue for weddings and baptisms and has appeared on TV in such favourites as Poirot, Miss Marple and Lewis.