"we are ordinary people led by an extraordinary God, whose love inspires us to welcome everyone, serve our communities and grow as we follow Jesus together"
The 4U Team serves some 20,000 people in the Parish of Great Marlow with Marlow Bottom, Little Marlow and Bisham – a Parish that forms part of the Oxford Diocese and the Wycombe Deanery.
The 4U team is a team of four churches in the Marlow area with a single vision. We are ordinary people led by an extraordinary God, whose love inspires us to welcome, to serve and to grow as we follow Jesus together.
Jesus taught that the church is a community of people who follow him and who live not for themselves but for God and for others. We hope that as you browse our website you will see that the 4U team is here for you. If you see something that you would like to connect with please do get in touch or, better still, come and visit us in person. We’d love to meet you!
The four churches provide a wide variety of Anglican worship – from said Communion to full Choral Eucharist with robed choir, from informal and interactive family services to innovative forms of contemporary worship. As a Team we also offer pastoral support to our community, and have strong links with local schools, hospitals and other groups in the wider community. You can find links to our churches at the bottom of this page.
To achieve our vision we have set ourselves values as to who we want to become. We want to share our passion for God with everyone else and show the relevance that God has to everyday life.
Dave is married to Helen and they have three children. He has lived in Worcester, Oxford, London and Reigate.
Until the age of 23 Dave rarely darkened the doors of a church, but came to faith on an Alpha course in London. He worked for Unilever, a charity in South West London and a large London church before training for ordination. He loves being outdoors, preferably mountain biking or sailing.
Sarah is married to Nick and they have two teenagers, Isobel and Fergus. Sarah studied history at Oxford University and then worked in Westminster and in communications. She trained for ordination at St Mellitus College in London. Sarah oversees All Saints’ pastoral work, welcome and small groups. She loves (muddy) walks, cups of tea and detective novels.
Graham is married to Sami and they have three children. He was born and brought up a bit further down the Thames in Egham, Surrey. It was through being invited to sing in the church choir as a boy that Graham started going to church. It has been the difference that he has seen God make in people’s lives and in the local community that has kept him going. Graham loves sport: watching football, rugby and cricket and competing in triathlons (the shorter versions!). Graham is a Governor at Burford School in Marlow Bottom and is enjoying being part of that community. He is excited at what God is doing in the Valley!
John is the team vicar for Bisham church. Before being ordained in 2010, John trained as a hospital administrator with his last position as Administrator of Westminster Hospital, London. He then became a management consultant in the healthcare industry spending the majority of his 22 years with a company in the USA. He completed his curacy in the Marlow Parish after which he looked after the Church in The Luberon, France and now has returned with a commitment to serve the people of Bisham.
Mark is married to Sally and has Jacob at sixth form and twins, Charlotte and Joanna, at university. He was previously a Physics teacher before training for ordination at St Mellitus College in Kensington. He is leading the Alpha Course in Marlow Bottom and developing the worship band at the Lantern. He enjoys cycling in the Chilterns with friends and racing his sailing dinghy on the River Thames.
Kat joined All Saints in the summer of 2021 on placement while she studied for Ordination Training at Westcott House in Cambridge. She lives in the Parish with her husband Chris as well as her four children and energetic springer spaniel Rosie. Prior to joining the Clergy, Kat was a RS Teacher in Norfolk. She enjoys baking, walking her dog and watching her children play Rugby.
Sami is married to Graham (who is a Team Vicar at St. Mary’s, Marlow Bottom). They arrived in the area in September 2014 from Northwood in North West London, originally sharing the role of team Vicar but Sami has since become Chaplain at a nearby school and Graham has taken on the role full-time. Sami comes from a big family (youngest of 5!) and started her Christian life going to a URC church with all of them. Going on a camp at the age of 14 helped her find a faith of her own, and she has been pursuing, and pursued by, God ever since. She and the family still attend camp every year. Sami loves theatre, cinema and reading, as well as being passionate about sharing faith, food and friendship with those around her.
Gabrielle was involved in music and education before ordination. She works throughout the Parish but with a particular focus on pastoral ministry – including bereavement support – and on the Church’s healing ministry.
After Investment work in the City, and missionary and theological training, Sue was in the first group of women deaconesses (1979), deacons (1987), and priests (1994). From 1995-2006 she was Team Vicar here with special responsibility for Little Marlow and Bisham. Following two posts in Worcester diocese, Sue has retired back to Marlow. She has ‘Permission to Officiate’ in Oxford Diocese, and in Europe!
Alison is married to Tobias and has two teenage sons, Noah and Isaac, who are both at sixth form at Great Marlow School. Originally from Middlesbrough, she has been a member of the congregation at All Saints Marlow for around 20 years. She is involved with Scouts, supporting GMS Swans rowing club and Marlow Rugby Union Football club. She loves to be outdoors, especially a stroll by the river with Geoff the dog.
Nick is married to Charlie, and they have three children. Prior to joining All Saints, Nick spent nearly 10 years ministering at a church in Aylesbury, initially as a youth worker with Youth For Christ, before becoming the Worship, Youth and Community Pastor. He studied Music, Worship and Theology at the London School of Theology, where he met Charlie, and is passionate about resourcing and serving churches and ministries in that area. Nick loves spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys a good film, seeing and playing live music, and enjoys beer, BBQs, long walks and conversation.
At All Saints Marlow, Laura-Anne leads our children’s work and works closely with our church infant and junior schools. Before joining the team she worked for nine and half years in the business sector. Laura-Anne has also taught drama, dance and singing for many years, and loves directing, choreographing and performing in amateur dramatic shows. She loves open water swimming and snuggling with her cat Carrie.
Emily grew up in Surrey and studied Psychology at the University of Exeter. At Exeter she was involved in her local church and volunteered as part of the Young Adult and Student, Worship and Prophetic teams. She has also been a gymnastics coach for many years. At All Saints Marlow Emily disciples our young people and works closely with local schools. She loves coffee, sports and being creative.
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.
Debbie has recently moved to Whitchurch-on-Thames, a few miles down the River from Marlow, where her husband James has become the Vicar. They have three children – Tim and Nathan live in Cambridge where they work and study; Bex has just started a Dance course at Abingdon College. Debbie enjoys being outdoors; in the garden or walking the dog, and when she builds up the courage, she wants to give Paddle-boarding on the river a go! When indoors she always has a novel on the go, has creative projects to finish, and loves watching Sewing Bee, Bake Off or Pottery Throwdown!
If you are new to the area or just new to church, we would love to get to know you and you would be welcome at any of our services. If you are interested in exploring the Christian faith, you might want to come along to our next Alpha course – this is a great way to meet other people and to ask questions in a supportive environment. If you have a particular interest in part of our community or are seeking answers to specific questions, you should be able find the information within this website by exploring the ‘community’ pages. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, or if you just want to talk to someone, then we’d be only too pleased to meet up – we have a great selection of coffee shops in the area and are only too happy to take advantage of this.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge. Typically Alpha has around ten sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. To find out more about Alpha visit the website at http://www.alpha.org
We have churches in Marlow, Bisham, Little Marlow and Marlow Bottom which have a range of services, activities and events of differing patterns and styles - you can read more about the individual churches that make up our team by following the links below.
Welcome to the church by the Bridge which for nearly two centuries has been the iconic image of Marlow. In its central location, the church is not just at the heart of Marlow geographically, but also spiritually.
Welcome to the ancient church of Bisham, standing on one of the loveliest reaches of the Thames. Harmony in its ancient beauty has been maintained as restorations have been made to the church over the years.
St John the Baptist has been welcoming visitors for nearly 1,000 years. In this 21st century we extend that invitation to you and hope to encourage you to come and see us soon.
Welcome to the Lantern where a loyal and friendly congregation await you. The Lantern is at the heart of the community with its modern building being used throughout the week by various organisations.