The Revd Charles Miller, MA, MDiv, DPhil (Oxon), was appointed Team Rector of Abingdon with pastoral responsibility for St Helen’s Church in 2006. Prior to that Charles had been Rector of the Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan, USA, and had served in pastoral and theological teaching roles in both the Church of England and the Episcopal Church. A native of the State of Connecticut, Charles is a life-long Anglican. His ministry has been almost evenly divided between Britain and the United States. His interests include Christianity and art, the Orthodox Christian tradition, and the Anglican spiritual tradition. He has published three books, and numerous scholarly and popular articles and essays.

Charles Miller

The Revd Jane Baun, MA, PhD (Princeton), is Associate Priest in the Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames, and Lecturer in Church History at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. She is a Byzantinist with expertise in the rich spiritual-cultural tradition of Eastern Christianity, and complements that with a keen interest in the spirituality developed by St Ignatius Loyola and his Society (the Jesuits), and the use of the imagination in prayerful encounter with God.


Jane Baun

The Revd Mary Williamson was appointed House for Duty Associate Priest in the Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames in 2016. Coming from Launceston in the Diocese of Truro, she trained for ordination on the South West Ministry Training Course after retiring from teaching. Having been born and brought up in Reading, she moved to Cornwall in 1989 on being appointed to her first headship. She is passionate about the Church’s ministry to people living with dementia and, before coming to Abingdon, was on a Diocesan Action Group, a Regional ecumenical group arranging a conference for ministers and was a volunteer with the Launceston Memory Café.  

The Revd Mary Williamson

Mary Williamson

Director of Music - Peter Foster




  • Mrs Jenny Balshaw is the Parish Administrator and the Parish Office is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of each week from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. The Parish Office can be contacted either by telephone (01235 520144) orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Queries to the clergy and other staff should be directed through the Parish Office which is accessible through the entrance to the Parish Centre off St Helen’s Court, OX14 5BS.
  • Phil Atkinson, the caretaker, oversees the daily maintenance of the church.
  • Anne Smithson, Hon. Archivist, maintains the church’s historic records, and executes all searches of registers. There are fees for all record searches. Please make contact with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. concerning searches and fees. Correspondence to the Archivist should be addressed to ‘The Archivist’ c/o St Helen's Parish Office, St Helen’s Court, Abingdon OX14 5BS.


  • Norman Gee
  • Chris Norman


  • Susan Scott
  • Linda Hobbs


  • Susan Read

Communications to the Wardens should be directed through the Parish Office: The Parish Office, St Helen’s Court, Abingdon OX14 5BS or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


All photographs of Revd Charles Miller: Jill Orpen Portrait Photography, Sudbury-on-Thames
Labyrinth image courtesy Jeff Saward