Dan Watts


Dan was born in Dorking in Surrey and grew up in a tiny village near Gatwick. After working as a church-based Youth and Children’s worker for 10 years in Surrey and Kent, Dan spent 2 years at Wycliffe Hall before he was ordained in 2006. For the last 13 years he has been Associate Vicar at St Mark’s Harrogate.

Dan is married to Julia, they have 2 grown up children.

He is passionate about mission and discipleship and helping people understand their gifting and calling and seeing people released into serving God where ever he places them.

Likes – curry, real ale, claret, BBQ, watching sport, exploring with Julia in their motorhome

Dislikes – Aubergine

Rev Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson

Associate Minister

Paul combines his role as Associate Minister at Christ Church with the oversight of Haslemere Ventures for teenagers. In addition leading us through our interregnum, Paul leads Mission and Outreach Ministry, which includes Alpha and Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, he is also a Foundation Governor on the Board of Governors at Christ Church Junior School and he also chairs the PCC.

In the summer months he can often be found on the cricket pitch, whilst the odd half marathon often features as winter approaches. Paul and his family moved to Downend in January 2010, after eight years leading a church in Bradley Stoke.

Likes: A good curry and most sports.
Dislikes: Cold, wet winter evenings.

Chris Dobson

Chris Dobson

Assistant Minister

Chris is married to Anita, and they have two children, Susie and Jonathan.

He grew up in Uganda, where his father, John, taught New Testament Greek at Bishop Tucker Theological College. At the age of 10 he returned to the UK and went to school in Norwich. He studied English at Aberystwyth University, worked for a year in a youth centre in Liverpool, then trained at Wycliffe Hall.

Chris has worked in parishes in Rochester Diocese and Harare, Zimbabwe. For the last 8 years he was Bishop’s Adviser for Links in Rochester Diocese and vicar of St Andrew’s church, Paddock Wood, Kent.

He is currently Ecumenical and Global Partnership Officer for Bristol Diocese.

Likes: Walking in the hills, African birds and climbing.

Maggie Nichols

Church Warden & Church Building Manager

Maggie is Church Warden and also Christ Church building manager and arranges all bookings for the Church building. She has been attending Christ Church for many years and was married here in 1969. She enjoys spending time with her five granddaughters who range in age from 19 to 6 years, which can be quite challenging at times.

Likes: Flowers, gardening, reading & walking

Dislikes: Litter, untidiness

Bryan Ashton

Church Warden

Bryan Ashton is one of our Church Wardens. He also manages the Christians Against Poverty food donations. Among many other things, Bryan is a big fan of Bristol Bears rugby!


Anita Dobson, Head of Discipleship for all ages ministry

Anita Dobson

Head of Discipleship for All Ages Ministry

Anita works part time heading up the ministry of discipleship for all ages, which means encouraging people wherever they are on the journey of faith, to take a next step. We seek to equip and inspire both individuals and families to grow one step closer to the God who loves them.

In her spare time she sings a lot and walks the dog, sometimes at the same time.

Likes: Singing.
Dislikes: Vinegar – the smell!

Harriet Jolly

Children's Ministry Co-ordinator

Harriet has been a member of Christ Church for over 10 years, but joined the staff team in March 2022. Harriet has a passion for working with children and families and her experience as a health visitor. Her particular heart and vision is for children at Christ Church to see faith in Jesus as a normal part of their lives helping them to grow in confidence and knowledge in their faith.

Likes: Flowers, time with family, pink things, milky cups of tea!

Dislikes: High shelves.

Diane Paddon

Diane Paddon

Head of Youth Ministry

Diane is married to Jamie, whom she met whilst watching Bristol Rovers at Twerton Park. Diane cared for patients in Frenchay Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, before leaving nursing for the best job in the world of becoming full time mum to Luke and Joshua.

Diane puts her faith into action by serving in a variety of voluntary roles within the community, not least as Youth Worker. She enjoys sharing quality time with family and friends and has recently taken up playing piano, though is not quite up to the standard of the Christ Church worship band…… yet!

Likes: Music, holidays and seeing all people from the youngest to the eldest; living life to the full.
Dislikes: Litter and injustice; but is not afraid to tackle either!

Laura Green

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Laura has been a member of Christ Church for nearly 20 years. She has recently been appointed as Parish Safeguarding Officer and is a Children’s nurse.  She is married to Dave and they have 2 children.

Likes: being outside, cycling and chocolate
Dislikes: mashed potatoes!

Elissa Wiltshire

Parish Administrator

Elissa is married to Keith and has been working at Christ Church for 9 years – she grew up in Downend and attended Christ Church for many years. She has worked in France, studied in London, lived in Wales and is now back!

She has a son and daughter (grown up!)  and is looking forward to spending more time using her VW Type 2 Camper van, travelling with her husband Keith, and creating stained glass.

Elissa works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Likes: VW Camper vans, doing crafts of any kind, especially stained glass , music and playing the piano.
Dislikes: Housework and gluten (as a coeliac sufferer).

Rosie Brydon

CAP Centre Manager

Since taking early retirement in 2017, Rosie has become increasingly involved with Christians Against
Poverty (CAP). She now works as Centre Manager for the NE Bristol CAP Debt Centre, which has
been run from Christ Church since 2008.

If you would like to access our free Debt Relief service, then please contact Rosie on 07483 410403
or by email on rosiebrydon@capuk.org

Likes: walking, reading, time with family and friends.

Adrian Harding

Planned Giving Secretary

Adrian is married to Jane and has been a member of Christ Church Downend for over 5 years.  They have three grown up children and an ever increasing number of grandchildren.

He works as an Independent Financial Adviser.

Likes: Football, golf, travel, Turkey (country), music.

Andy McNeill


Andy was born a stone’s throw away from Christ Church Downend where he was baptised and confirmed at eighteen so he is a real local lad. Andy is the Verger and he relishes spreading the word in and around the parish. Always taking time out to listen to anyone with a problem.

Andy is married to Ruth who was church warden and is now the church’s sacristan.

Likes: Cooking, anything from sushi to beef wellington.
Dislikes: TV advertisements!!! and semolina pudding (bad school memories!!!)