Staff and Leadership

Our mission and ministry is the responsibility of all church members, but some paid and voluntary posts are necessary to help organise and enable the church to fulfil its potential in reaching out to our community.

Some members of the Staff and Leadership team in the parish are introduced  here with  descriptions of their broad areas of responsibility. You will find others from the home page tabs and under contact us.

                    Rector – Reverend Alex Baxter


The Rector  has overall responsibility for “the cure of souls” - guiding the whole mission and ministry of the Church of England within the parish. He works closely with the Churchwardens and PCC in ensuring that the church shares the word and love of God in our community. 

Do please contact Alex  if you would like to discuss anything about baptisms, weddings, funerals, confession/reconciliation, house blessings or any other aspect of spiritual, church, community life.

Email: Rev Alex Baxter 

Tel: 01273 875894


       Assistant Priest – Reverend Tom Cameron


Tom assists the Rector with our mission in the parish and  has particular responsibility for the church of St John the Baptist, Clayton. He has lived in Hassocks since 2011, having moved from London where he was Chaplain at Barts Hospital, and before that worked at St Paul's Cathedral.

Tom is a keen cook, previously having worked as a baker, and his cakes and preserves are always popular at our fairs and social events!

Tel: 01273 846274

                   Reader – Robin Holford


Robin is a Reader or 'Licensed Lay Minister', with responsibility for assisting in leading worship, preaching and funerals. He was formerly a chemical engineer in the oil industry.

Email: Robin Holford

Tel: 01273 84251

                      Youth Worker – Gary Pickett


Gary is responsible for our work with young people in the range  Y1-Y11. He shares his time between this parish and the neighbouring Beacon Parish. Gary's role has been funded with help from The Diocese of Chicester Mission Fund.

Email: Gary Pickett

Tel: 07745299289




In co-operation with the Rector, the Churchwardens are generally responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the whole parish. These responsibilities include various aspects of administration,  operations, finance and personnel.

Churchwarden - Janet Sharman

Tel: 01273 845194

Churchwarden - Kate Sims

Tel: 01273 844802

Churchwarden - Chris Moss

Tel: 07771 668125

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