Meet the St Clement's Team

Mark Hay: Rector

Mark joined St Clement’s in April 2024. He was brought up in Oxford, and returns here after 30 years.

After starting out as a teacher, Mark was a Worship Pastor for ten years, before training for ordination in Bristol. For the past ten years, Mark and Kate have lived in Poole, where he was curate and then Associate Vicar.

He is happiest when doing anything to do with music, football, books or food! Kate & Mark have two adult children and a Labrador called Coco.

Joanna Tarassenko: Assistant Curate

Joanna joined St Clement’s in July 2021, having trained for ordination at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. She completed her thesis on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s musical theology of the Holy Spirit. Her background prior to training for ordination is in teaching theology and she has also worked in the charity sector supporting ex-offenders. She is married to Luke and they are keen gamers (among other things!). They have two children.


Beth Ruckman: Children and Families' Worker  

Beth has been our Children and Families' Worker since September 2021. Before this she studied for her BA Hons in Theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. She has done kids work in churches in North London and in Surrey, having grown up in the latter. Beth is a massive bookworm so you will often find her reading, but she also loves Marvel movies, history, games and loves to spend quality time with her friends and family.

Colin Dobson: Parish Administration Manager

Colin is our Parish Administration Manager and is the person you will speak to, or email if you contact the Parish Office. Among many previous occupations, he has worked in accountancy, bar work, as a film extra, a photographer and as a taxi driver. He has worshipped at St Clement's for eight years, is a lifelong resident of Oxford and lives with his cat - also called Colin! A former winner of the St Clement’s Bake Off, he enjoys travelling to obscure overseas destinations, walking as much as he can and believes that a man or woman can never have enough books.

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