Leadership at St Paul’s

As a parish church within the growing Diocese of London, St Paul’s is privileged to have a strong clergy team and skilled lay leadership.

There are normally two full-time clergy on site at St Paul’s as well as a small team of honorary assistant clergy. Under the vicar’s leadership they support the work of the church. A member of the clergy is available before or after the daily Eucharist for confession and spiritual guidance and also by appointment.

A member of the parish clergy is always available in pastoral emergencies and we will be glad to be contacted at whatever hour, seven days a week.

Our two churchwardens bring varied and complementary skills and lead a strong team of Deputy Churchwardens.

The Reverend Alan Gyle - Vicar

The Reverend Canon Alan Gyle - Vicar

Alan Gyle is the twelfth vicar of St Paul’s Knightsbridge. A Scotsman by birth, he studied music in Scotland, later reading theology at Oxford. He was ordained in St Paul’s Cathedral in London and before coming to Knightsbridge served variously in Acton Green as a curate, at St George’s Chapel Windsor as a Minor Canon, and at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art as Chaplain. He is a Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey, an FRSA and an experienced coach and organisational consultant.

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The Reverend Dr Luigi Gioia - Associate Priest & Director of QUEST

Luigi Gioia is Director of QUEST – the formation and spiritual development programme at St Paul’s Knightsbridge. He is also a research associate at the Von Hügel Institute, Cambridge University (UK). Previously, he was Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of S. Anselmo in Rome. He is a freelance writer and speaker in theology and spirituality. He is author of numerous scholarly articles and books, including The Theological Epistemology of Augustine’s De Trinitate (Oxford, 2009), Say it to God: In Search of Prayer: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2018 (Bloomsbury, 2017), Touched by God. The Way to Contemplative Prayer (Bloomsbury, 2018) and St Benedict’s Wisdom. Monastic Spirituality and the Life of the Church (Liturgical Press, 2020).

The Rt Reverend Michael Colclough - Bishop in Residence and Honorary Assistant

The Rt Reverend Michael Colclough - Bishop in Residence

Bishop Michael was born in Staffordshire and ordained in Lichfield. Most of Bishop Michael’s ministry has been in London where he has held, with distinction, a number of key roles as Archdeacon, Area Bishop and Canon Pastor of St Paul’s Cathedral. Now in very active retirement, he brings energy and great wisdom to the team and to the parish as a weekday and Sunday celebrant and as an engaging preacher and teacher.

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The Very Reverend Victor Stock - Associate Priest

Victor Stock trained at King’s College London and served in a number of London parishes before becoming for many years the Rector of St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London. He was an ebullient and popular figure, establishing the ‘disputation’ series on account of the church’s two pulpits – where well-known figures would engage in conversation across their differences. He then became Dean of Guildford, from which post he retired in 2012. He is an occasional broadcaster (BBC Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage), a Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey and an FRSA.

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Lorna Gradden - Churchwarden

Rob Clouston - Churchwarden

Phil Davies - Churchwarden

Phil Davies - Head of Future Programme & Operations

A graduate of Merton College, Oxford, Phil joined St Paul’s soon after he left Oxford for London and is a key member of the team, having serviced for many years as Treasurer. Phil is very familiar both in the Liturgy and in the administrative side of things where he is close to the small staff team, day-to-day operations in the Parish Office. He has encyclopaedic knowledge of our systems and processes. As we move into development mode, Phil carries the brief for our ‘business as usual’.

The Reverend Canon Alan Gyle - Vicar

The Reverend Dr Luigi Gioia - Associate Priest & Director of QUEST

The Rt Reverend Michael Colclough - Bishop in Residence

The Very Reverend Victor Stock - Associate Priest

Lorna Gradden - Churchwarden

Rob Clouston - Churchwarden

Phil Davies - Head of Future Programme & Operations

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