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Ministerial Team


In Vacancy


The rectory of East Barnet is a Crown appointment, which means that since the Reformation the Rector has been appointed by the reigning monarch. Follow the links here for information of the Rectors of East Barnet, and to read the Letters Patent from Her Majesty the Queen

David Griffin

Licensed Reader

Dave (or David when he was in trouble with his mum) is a Licensed Reader at St Mary’s who recently completed the Reader Training Scheme. Dave says that “it is really hard work balancing his studies with all his other priorities and commitments but he is thoroughly enjoying the experience and feels that he is learning so much”.

He is married to Helen and has two children, Christina and George. He likes gardening which you would never guess if you saw the state of his garden but “liking” and “being good at” don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Dave is a Training Consultant and spends his working life designing and developing training solutions for Managers in business. He is a huge “Beach Boys fan” who according to Dave “are the greatest pop group ever”. Dave likes all kinds of music from Country to Motown and has also been known to hum a tune from the current “hit parade” as well. Dave is an avid reader which is just as well with all the study he has to do, he loves the cinema especially the films of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and is a season ticket holder at Arsenal.

Margaret Cranfield

Parish Administrator

MargaretMargaret was born and grew up in Enfield, and has lived in North London most of her life, apart from while completing a B.A. at Manchester University.  She moved to the parish in 1981 and has been a parishioner for nearly thirty years. She became Parish Administrator in April 2013, following a career in further education and dyslexia support.  She is married to Graham, and they both sing in the church choir.  Margaret and Graham have three grown-up sons and a feisty tortoiseshell cat.  Margaret enjoys creative writing, supporting Barnet Football Club, solving puzzles, and going to concerts and the theatre.

In the Parish Office, life is never the same two days running, and there is always a lot going on. Margaret enjoys the variety and challenges of the job, and working with the inspiring and sometimes entertaining members of the church.  She keeps the church diary up to date, deals with enquiries about baptisms, weddings and other matters, publicises church events and activities, and produces the weekly notice sheet. Do pop in and say hello if you are passing!