Who’s Who

To contact any member of staff at St Martin’s please call the Parish Office on 0121 600 6020.

Rector: Rev Jeremy Allcock.

After many years of ordained ministry in different parts of London, I am delighted to be back in the city of my birth and serving as Rector of St. Martin in the Bull Ring. Birmingham is a great city and I am really enjoying being involved in mission and ministry right in the heart of the city. As a consequence of my strong Black Country roots, I am a life-long West Bromwich Albion fan but generally enjoy all sports. An ideal day for me is lying on the beach in the sun or walking in a remote part of Dartmoor. I also love reading so any good book recommendations are always welcome.

Assistant Rector: Ivor Lewis

I grew up in Lee Bank and most Friday evenings or the occasional Saturday morning, I can remember trudging down the hill to the Bullring where we did our weekly shopping. We did it in the knowledge that we would have to carry our heavy bags back through the Horse Fair, back past the Sentinels and up Holloway Head. The real joy of going to the market was seeing King Kong (!?!) and being able to mess about on the spiral ramp whilst my mum went into ’Chilly Billy’s’ but none of this will make much sense to you if you didn’t grow up in Birmingham in the 70’s!

I am married to Gail and we have a son and two daughters who are all gown up. We also have a granddaughter who is just the best!  

I was a CMS Mission Partner and Youth & Community Worker in the Parish of Aston & Nechells from 1995 to 2014 before going on to train for ordained ministry at St John’s  College, Nottingham. I became Curate at St John & St Peter, Ladywood from 2016-2019 before going on to spend just over a year as an Assistant Minister back in the Parish of Aston & Nechells. I was licensed as the Assistant Rector for St Martin in the Bullring in February 2021. 

Assistant Priest: Rev Elsie Blair-Chappell.

I was licensed to St Martin’s in 2008. I am mostly involved in leading and preaching at the 9.30 am services and occasionally at the Crossing. In additional to regular commitment to the 6pm, Thursday services, I am also the coordinator for the Prayer Ministry at the Crossing and for Healing on the Streets ministry. You can follow the link Prayer and Worship or www.healingstreamsbirmingham.org.uk  for more information.

I was born in Brazil and I came to England in 1974. I am married to Stephen and we have two adult sons.

Prior to my ordination in 2003 I was a Primary school teacher. Then I taught children with Special Education Needs on both primary and secondary sectors specializing in Dyslexia. My involvement with the church at St Martin in the Bull Ring goes beyond my role. I see it as God’s call to me at this time of my life.

Please do come and see us sometime.

Assistant Priest: Rev Abba Tiruneh.

Halleluyah. My vocation and my vision is to have fellowship with the creator through our Redeemer, Yashua and to love as He loved me.

To carry out this mission I walk and talk. In order to share the love of God we must build a bridge of relationship with all.

As Yashua was focusing His ministry on the lost and related Himself to those who were less fortunate and needy, I try my best to follow His example and His teachings. Give time and place for the needy to proclaim and claim His holy name.

Hospitality Manager: Juliette Farrell.

Families Missioner: Christina Brown.

Worship Coordinator: Philippa Done. 

Administration Manager: Christine McAteer.

I grew up on a council estate in Stockport and have worked for an estate church as a  development worker for older people, Birmingham Mothers’ Union and the National Estate Churches Network. n my spare time I volunteer as a lay Bus Chaplain with NX West Midlands and with Elsie I accompany people making retreats in daily life with an ecumenical association called Manresa Link as a Prayer Guide. To relax I enjoy Yoga, cycling, walking and playing my guitar. I am now training part-time for ordination.

Technical Support and Maintenance Operative: Richard Taylor

Stephen Blair-Chappell.

For Centre for Health and Healing please see the CHH section of the website.