Owen is married to Dani, and together they are parents to two young toddlers as well as being owners of Teejay the dog! Owen graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Sports Science before a few years later studying Christian Youth Work at Oak Hill Theological College. 
Whilst being a huge rugby and cricket fan, Owen is mostly found on his days off going on adventures on his bike or by foot, so he can justify the coffee and cake later in the day!

Philip is married to Claire andthey have two
teenage children. Before being ordained Philip
did a variety of jobs in primary education and
teacher training.  He was also a trainer for
Blackburn Diocesan Sunday School Teachers

He trained for the ministry at Oak Hill Theological
College in London where he now also occasionally
teaches ordinands about music in church and on
the Spirituality module. Philip is also a trainer for Lichfield Diocese CME in the areas of Music and Church Leadership. Before coming to Stafford he was the Acting Vicar of St Luke’s, Willerby in the East Riding Of Yorkshire after serving a curacy at St Andrew’s Kirk Ella with Jonathan Juckes. Philip has, on several occasions, served as a musician at Word Alive and at both the London and Northern Men’s Conventions. Philip is also the archivist at The Keswick Convention. His hobbies are collecting vinyl records for his beloved Rowe AMI Juke Box, supporting Blackburn Rovers FC and writing and recording music. His album 'Grace' was released in 2008.

Roy is been is married to Joke (pronounced Yorka) who is Dutch.
He has worked as a minister all over the world from Stockport and Fazelely to chaplaincies with
Intercontinental Church Society in France, Eastern Europe and Holland! Having retired to Staffordshire, Roy helps out with the teaching and preaching ministry at Castle Church as well as running the largest home group. He also provides clergy holiday cover for those serving in Europe with ICS as Missionaries

Christine is married to Ian and they have an adult daughter Lizzie. Chris is a long-standing member of Castle Church and was lay-reader
before being called to ordained ministry.
Before ministry, both Ian and Christine worked in the coal industry. Christine co-ordinates pastoral care at Castle Church and leads a daytime Bible Study Group for ladies.

Philip Sowerbutts

Vicar (Senior Minister)

Christine Sykes

Associate Minister

Owen Cornford

Youth Children's and families worker

Roy Ball

Honorary Associate Minister

our team

Alan is married to Jan and is a retired Baptist Pastor. He has led churches in London, South Wales, Brighton and Scotland. 
Alan was awarded a PhD on the  Holy Spirit in the book of Hebrews in 2019.  Alongside his teaching and mentoring work at Castle Church, he has published on 'The Holy Spiritt in Hebrews' in an edited book (SPCK) dealing with the Biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

Rev Dr Alan Hodson

Honorary Associate Minister

Dalena is married to Les and they have two grown-up daughters. Before working for Castle Church, Dalena worked as a Secretary and Administer for Areva.
As well as day-to-day administration, Dalena co-ordinates the weddings at Castle Church.

Dalena Deall


Iain is married to Hayley and they have two young boys. Iain is originally from Manchester (red, not blue) and met Hayley at the Cornhill Training course in London. Iain trained for minstry at Oak Hill Theological College in London. In his spare time Iain helps as an overall leader on a CYFA Ventures camp. He loves all things sport, model railways, and miniature model making. He has special theological interest in the way that the church before 1600 interpreted the Bible, especially the Old Testament


Iain Lingwood