Our Team


Charlie and Anita lead St Aldates Church. Before moving to Oxford in 2002, they pastored a French-speaking church in Belleville (inner-city Paris) for ten years and saw significant growth in the congregation. During their time in France, they also founded ‘Embrase nos Coeurs’ and Intercession France’: conferences promoting intercession which have serve to inspire a generation of Christian leaders throughout France.

Since arriving at St Aldates, they have pioneered ‘Love Oxford’, a city-wide church initiative linking 30-40 churches in the area who are longing for revival in and around Oxford. Charlie and Anita serve together on the leadership team for the New Wine conferences in the UK and have invented the HUNGRY prayer venue at the CSW gathering. They are passionate about developing intimacy with God in their own lives and in His Church and they are longing to see the transforming power of the gospel manifest in our society today.

Both Charlie and Anita preach and teach at St Aldates, and regularly speak at events throughout the year in the UK and in mainland Europe. Anita’s first book ‘Destiny’s Children’ treats the subject of recovering or discovering destiny and a diligent pursuit of God in the face of those circumstances of life that so often leave us broken and crushed. She leads the ASK prayer network and having launched the Next Generation conference some years ago, has been raising up a team of young leaders who now work with her to see this annual forum for justice and prayer grow each year. Charlie’s books include ‘Church planting: our future hope’, ‘Une Passion pour l’eglise’, ‘The Discipline of Intimacy’ and ‘The Passion that Shapes Nations’. His latest book looks at epiphanies and encounters with God that open our eyes and change our lives and will be published in summer 2011.

Charlie and Anita have four married children, five grandchildren and one Labrador ‘Cassie’ (who is more trouble than the rest of the family put together). They live in central Oxford and love being called to a city where God brings the nations of the world right to their doorstep.


A 4th generation preacher, Simon Ponsonby came to a personal living faith in his late teens through his local Anglican church. Thrilled by the gospel, he became an evangelist, street preacher and church planter in his early 20’s, before preparing for Anglican ordination at Trinity College Bristol. He was awarded a 1st Class honours degree in Theology and a Master of Letters research degree in Systematic Theology.

From 1995 he served a curacy in an urban priority estate in Bradford, giving special focus in ministry to reaching the elderly; he was also tutor for the Diocesan Anglican Lay Readers Doctrine and Church History course. In 1998 he was appointed ‘the Oxford Evangelical Pastorate Chaplain’ running a vibrant chaplaincy evangelising and discipling Oxford undergraduates.

In 2005 Simon became Pastor of Theology at St Aldates church, which involved teaching, writing and serving the wider church, across the denominations, at home and abroad as a popular conference speaker and teacher. In 2010 he accepted the role as the Dean of Studies for the Oxford Centre for Church Growth, a new Oxford based European Church planting programme.

Simon has published a number of books on doctrine and spirituality, his most recent on holiness as the key to revival: “The Pursuit of the Holy” and a book on worship with worship leader and song writer, Neil Bennets “Now to Him”. In all his ministry, he is passionate about combining Word with Spirit.

Simon is married to Tiffany, a school teacher, artist & mother of their two sons Joel and Nathanael. He enjoys hot curry, photography, military history & obsessively collecting vintage fountain pens.


Patrick is a social entrepreneur. With an MBA from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School he specialises in the analysis of social problems leading to the design development and delivery of commensurate solutions. His passion is the development of winning management teams able to sustainably transform society. So far this has led to the development of Viva (www.viva.org). Viva is now a major global children’s charity with a unique and admired approach to mobilising and equipping civil society groups to help children at risk. Viva today serves just over 8000 civil society groups that reach 1m+ children.

In addition Patrick has been catalytic in the development of Global Hand (www.globalhand.org), a global network for the distribution of gifts in kind, of Casa Viva (www.casaviva.org), a social business placing foster children in Latin America; of Impact, a volunteer sending social business in Denmark, of Muhaba, a network for Christians seeking to better understand Islam and befriend their Muslim friends in the UK and of Children’s Campaign Trust (CCT), a South African business set up to generate income for children’s charities. CCT today has a balance sheet of £2.5m.

Patrick is the Principal Partner of ‘Oxford Ventures for Social Enterprise Ltd.’, a consultancy. He is the Senior Associate for Children of Billy Graham's Lausanne Movement. He represents children’s issues as a staff member of the Leadership Team of the World Evangelical Alliance.

Originally from Denmark, Patrick is married to Emily, has four sons and lives in Oxford, UK.


John is the Operations Director of St Aldates and is responsible for the smooth running of all the practical aspects of the organisation. He joined the church after a successful career in industry, most recently working for 20 years at Vodafone, and therefore seeing the rise of a whole new industry - mobile telephony! He specialised in International Business Development, travelled widely and spent 4 years living and working in California, and therefore has a strong interest in cross-cultural working and international relations. John has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and (more recently) completed the DBTS course at Wycliffe Hall.

He is married with three children at University so is familiar with the challenges of academic life! Hobbies include playing guitar and bass and all forms of cycling.