Father Michael Miller
Before being ordained Father Michael was a Bank Manager and worked for the Halifax. Originally from the North Eastern city of Durham he lived in West London for about 20 years before going to Ripon College Cuddesdon to train for the priesthood. He served his curacy in St Albans Diocese at All Saint’s Hockerill (2005 -2008). He then served as Priest in Charge at St Thomas Kensal Town in North Kensington from 2008 and was made Vicar there in January 2012.
Father Michael became the Vicar of St Edmund’s on 28th September 2016.
Among Father Michael’s interests are cooking, skiing, hill walking, travel and languages. He has studied French and Japanese and is currently learning Italian, although he admits to not being very good at any of them! Father Michael has always been a keen member of the Scout Association and is currently Chaplain to the Hayes and Harlington District Scouts.
Mother Helen Hutchins RIP
Update 11th April 2023: It is with tremendous sadness that we have to announce that Mother Helen sadly died on the 10th of April 2023. We hold her husband Jonathan and her family in our prayers.
Mother Helen spent most of her working life as a community mental health nurse, retiring in 2016. She attended St John the Baptist, Pinner with her family for 25 years. In 2013 she was licensed as a lay minister (Reader) after training at St Mellitus College, London. In 2018, she returned to St Mellitus and completed two years ordination training. She started her curacy as a Lay Minister at St Edmunds in July 2020 and was ordained Deacon in September of that year.
In her free time, Mother Helen enjoyed seeing her two adult children, daughter-in-law and grandson. She also enjoyed trips into London with her husband to visit art galleries, listening to classical music and watching dramas on television.
Organist and Choir Director
Mark Hammond has been organist at St Edmund's since September 2000. He was born in Bournemouth and began to learn the organ at the age of thirteen with the late Geoffrey Tristram at Christchurch Priory. He continued his organ studies with John Belcher, Martin Neary and David Sanger. He was organ scholar at Peterhouse, Cambridge University, where he read music.
After graduating, Mark went to Durham University where he studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. He is currently Assistant Director of Music at St Margaret's School, Bushey.
As well as giving solo recitals, Mark has formed a Trumpet and Organ duo with his brother. Together they have performed at such venues as Wesminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament.