Speaking Personally


Revd. Nick Jackson

Profile of the Reverend Nicholas David (known as Nick) Jackson







We are delighted to announce the new vicar coming to our newly shaped parish of Southlake St James is Nick Jackson. He is married to Pam and they have two sons, Tom aged 26 and Will aged 23.

Nick studied Mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford and following his PGCE at Bristol University taught firstly at Windsor Boys’ School and then as Head of Maths at Ranelagh School, Bracknell where he and David Karsten (co-founder of St James) were colleagues. After leaving Ranelagh he spent 12 years in industry in Information Technology, managing IT for companies withUKand overseas offices before returning to education as Director of ICT at Bishop Wordsworth’s School,Salisbury.

Nick trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall,Oxfordand is currently Assistant Curate at All Saints’ Church,BranksomePark,Poole, a church which is currently seeing growth across the age groups.

Nick enjoys keeping fit by running, walking, swimming and working out at the gym. He enjoys meeting people over coffee, good food and a glass of wine. Nick and Pam have travelled widely for work and pleasure; he spent two months in a church inCanadaas part of his training.

Pam is a nursing lecturer by profession and is taking early retirement from her post atSouthamptonUniversityto support Nick fully in his ministry here in Woodley. Pam also keeps fit and used to run marathons before family life became too busy. Tom, a doctor, has been qualified three years and has lived back at home this year as he worked at nearbyDorchesterHospital. He and brother Will have a strong faith. After two gap years (!) and extensive travels, Will is now the full-time worship pastor at Holy Trinity,Richmond. He plays a variety of instruments.

Nick is passionate about the ministry of the local church and is excited at the prospect of working with Sean at Emmanuel and the rest of our team in our new parish context.

In particular, Nick and Pam believe they can help us carry forward our vision here at St James:

Nick will contribute to our vision for worship, and brings both musical ability and flexibility with a variety of worship styles from traditional liturgy to charismatic worship. He has a preaching/teaching style that encourages commitment to Jesus and growth in discipleship and he has a real understanding of the pressures of everyday life. He believes prayer needs to underpin everything we do.

To lead us in our vision for outreach Nick brings experience of running Emmaus and Alpha courses and subsequent discipleship groups. Nick strongly believes that those we seek to introduce to Jesus need to see that we are fully engaged with life and living life to the full. Inviting people into the activities we enjoy helps them to get to know us and see what Christians are really like. He is committed to groups such as mums and toddlers, a place to meet for older people, men’s ministry and bereavement support in an overall outreach strategy.

Nick and Pam are committed to building up the church family through hospitality, listening and being intentional about discipleship.

We believe Nick has the gifts, passion and drive to lead us in the next phase of our corporate life at St James. He and Pam are excited about joining us, welcoming the opportunity to get to know us, to teach, to encourage, to pray, to laugh, cry and to eat with us and lead us forward.

Revd. Moria Astin,

Hi – I now live in Scunthorpe
Team Vicar for St James, Southlake
2005 until 2009 and Vicar 2009 until 2011

The Revd. Anthony I. Smyth




Priest with Special Responsibility for St James, Southlake
November 1975 until Easter 1980

I was Vicar of St Ethelburga, St. Leonards-on-Sea (1980-93) and Rector of Stopham and Fittleworth (1993-2005), both in the Diocese of Chichester.  I retired to Petersfield in the Diocese of Portsmouth in 2005, and we have lived there since then.

In 1989 the Bishop of Chichester appointed me as the (first) Secretary of the Chichester Diocesan Ecumenical European Committee, mainly being involved with links with Germany.  I resigned in 2003. In 1991 I was nominated by the Archbishops as one of the Church of England representatives on the Meissen Commission overseeing relations with the Evangelical Churches in Germany.  I was a member until 1996.

In retirement at St. Peter’s in Petersfield I have taken many locums in local churches in both Portsmouth and Chichester dioceses.  I am active in the parish link with Österåker Östra Ryd, a parish near Stockholm (Sweden) and have been there several times.  I am a volunteer at the Unity (Christian) Bookshop, and serve as Treasurer of our Residents’ Association.

Alison trained as a nurse in Hastings, and later served in the Hospice there.  After we moved she worked at the Macmillan Unit at King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst, also involved in palliative care of the dying.  She currently serves on the Mission Committee of our church, among other roles.

Tim (born 1969) married Helen, the daughter of a URC minister, in 1988, and they live in Dorking.   They have two sons,  Dan (born 1989) and Ben (born 1992).  Tim is CEO of Prime Professions Ltd, a Lloyds broker specializing in professional indemnity insurance, as well as being a Director of Primary Group, the parent insurance company.

Phil (born 1974 in Chile) is a instructor (lecturer) in the Centre of Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong, where he has been since 2005.  In 2004 he returned to Reading to do a MA in Applied Linguistics.  He is unmarried.

Ruth (born 1976 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital) lives in London and is unmarried.  She is Global Head of Human Resources at Alexander Mann Solutions,  a company working world wide in resources and recruitment.


The Venerable Kevin Roberts






Curate in Charge for St James, Southlake
1986 until 1991

Since leaving Woodley in 1991, we spent 18 years in Shrewsbury on the welsh borders, where Kevin was Vicar of Meole Brace (and for ten years Rural Dean of Shrewsbury) and where Anne was finally ordained and had jobs in both hospital and school Chaplaincy. We left Meole Brace in 2009 with all three children having flown the nest and making their own way in life.

We are now living in Carlisle where Kevin is Archdeacon of Carlisle and a Residentiary Canon at Carlisle Cathedral and Anne is full time Chaplain of the Cumberland Infirmary, as well as being the Diocesan Healing Adviser. We are having to adjust to the rather harsher weather conditions this far north, but we thank God each day for the privilege of living and working in such a stunningly beautiful part of the country. We call the Diocese of Carlisle “probably the best diocese in the Church of England”, only partly tongue in cheek. There are lots of progressive things going here, believe it or not! I chair the Board of Education in the diocese and we are doing a lot to encourage schools to develop Christian after-school clubs and are planting network youth churches in each of our deaneries, for the 11-18s. Thankfully archdeaconing up here isn’t all about gutters and drains! If you want to find out a bit more about the Diocese do please take a look at our website www.carlislediocese.org.uk.

Elise (28) is married to Jon, who recently qualified as a GP, and they have two lovely boys, Elliot (4) and Samuel (18 months). They are part of the leadership of Shrewsbury Baptist Church and look like putting deep roots in the town where they met and married. Adam (26) is currently working for Ramblers Holidays, living in London and commuting each day to Welwyn Garden City. He loves travelling, plans to work in the travel industry and is about to go to South America to work for a while. Jonathan (24) is married to Rohanna and they live in Newport, Gwent, where Jonathan is on the staff of Christchurch and exploring whether God is calling Him to long term leadership in the Sovereign Grace denomination. Hard to imagine them as three pre-school children growing up all those years ago in Highgate Road! Where have the years gone?

You are most welcome to visit us here in Carlisle. Indeed, some of you already have! We have a lovely (and far too large) house in the Cathedral close and enjoy having friends to stay. So, if you are heading north of the border do plan a short diversion into Carlisle, or take a break from your journey on the westcoast mainline that stops five minutes from our house. Just let us know. archdeacon.north@carlislediocese.org.uk

Woodley and the lovely church family at St James’ will always be very close to our hearts and regularly in our prayers. Our years there have left a lasting mark on us for good and we shall always be grateful that God gave us those five years together. May God continue to bless you all richly!


The Revd. Paul Roberts






Team Vicar for St James, Southlake
1991 until 2003

We have been in Coulsdon 2003 now. Tim and Amy both started at university in September – Tim studying Music and Popular Music at Wolverhampton, and Amy doing a joint course in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music (where she studies the oboe) and the University (where she is doing a degree). Nicy is working as morning receptionist at Archbishop Tenison’s C of E High School in Croydon, where Tim and Amy were students until recently.

In the church we are beginning to get on top of some major work on the building, including replacing the floor of the bell-tower ringing chamber and coping with the copper from the roof. In addition, next year, we plan to re-slate part of the old chancel. We are very short of musicians at the moment and have to rely frequently on CDs which are OK, but not as good as live musicians. Our youth work has recently boomed again, but that brings with it the need for more leaders.

We’ve seen consistent growth in the number of young families joining us – largely through the number of the baptisms we have each year (usually between 40 and 50). We are working hard to put ‘stepping stones’ in place to help these young families grow in their journey of faith.

I’m very fortunate to have a good ministry team working with me: Linda, our full-time stipendiary curate; Sue, our non-stipendiary curate; 2 other honorary ordained clergy; 3 Readers and one Reader-in-training. In addition we have what are called Southwark Pastoral Auxiliaries (SPAs) who are commissioned by the Bishop to do pastoral work in the parish. You can see more about our church on our website: www.coulsdon.net/stjohns

You are always most welcome to come and visit us.