James Webster

James and his wife Katie became regular worshippers at The Belfrey in 2013 and joined the Frontlines Belfrey group, which they went on to co-lead. James has an academic background in engineering and has since forged a career in managing complex infrastructure projects at Network Rail. Having first experienced life on a PCC as Treasurer of St Augustine's Queensgate church, London, James seized the opportunity to be elected a PCC Member at The Belfrey in 2016, particularly with a view to lending his skills and experience to the Impact Project.


Debs Stephens

Having been part of the Belfrey for the last five years, Debs loves serving the church, whether it is leading services, running Belfrey Seniors or baking cakes for church events! She currently works at the University of York as a student support administrator. Being part of the Impact project is important to her as she wants people to capture and share the vision of ‘honouring our past, resourcing our future and empowering our vision'.


Daniel Brookes

Daniel and Ruth have been worshiping at St Michael’s for about 35 years. Their two children grew up in the fellowship. During his time Daniel has served on the PCC, as a Church Warden, group leader and area pastor amongst other roles. He also serves at Deanery and Diocesan level. Daniel has always had a passion for our church buildings and has been a member of the fabric committee and is a founder member of the Impact group. Daniel works as a Facilities manager for the City of York Council.


Roger Holmes

Roger has been worshiping at the Belfrey since he came to York in 2002, has served as Church Treasurer and is now Secretary of the PCC. He has worked at senior management level in the public, private and voluntary sectors and in particular brings business and financial experience to the project.


Matthew Porter

Matthew has been Vicar at The Belfrey since 2010 and was Associate Vicar before that for nearly 2 years. He has a passion for architecture and seeing buildings used to their greatest potential and is excited to be part of the Impact group as they consider the re-ordering of our ancient church building to make it fit for mission and ministry in the 21st century.


Rob Hill

Rob has been part of The Belfrey since 2011 and has worked on staff as Facilities Manager here since 2012. He has a passion for the development and management of our buildings. Rob brings significant knowledge and understanding of the fabric and historical context of the church building. He is excited to see our building re-ordered to a high standard, in line with our vision.


Gillian Shepherd

Gillian has recently joined The Belfrey staff team as Impact Project Manager having come from the Salvation Army where she managed a portfolio of capital projects. She has a marketing and communications background with experience gained across a range of sectors. Gillian is keen to blend her Christian faith and commercial acumen to help The Belfrey realise a building solution which strengthens its vision and is sustainable for future generations.


Sophie Dearden

Sophie has been a member of The Belfrey since 2011 and has been part of the House of Prayer team since 2013. Now the leader of the HoP team, she values the place of prayer, spiritual preparation and attentiveness to God in all the decisions we make as a church. She is excited to see all that God has in store for us through the Impact Project!