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Ministerial Team

The Revd James Mustard

Rector of St Mary’s

James was installed as Rector of East Barnet in April 2012.

Born in Bristol and raised in Scotland and the South of England, James read Music at Exeter University.  He then combined working as a teacher at The Abbey School Tewkesbury with a singing career both in this country and abroad, in particular as a soloist of the English consort Ex Cathedra and as a chorus member of the Belgian ensemble Collegium Vocale Gent.  In 2002, he commenced training for ordained ministry in the Church of England at Westcott House in Cambridge.  He read Theology at the University of Cambridge and went to Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music where he studied liturgy and ethics.

After ordination in Norwich in 2005, he served in the parish of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, where he was also chaplain to the Theatre Royal and chaplain to the Sea Cadets.  In 2008, he moved to London to be Assistant Priest of St Peter’s Eaton Square, where he worked extensively with the local business community and the parish’s primary school.  During this time, he completed an M.A. in Systematic Theology at King’s College London.

Now in East Barnet, he is revelling in the joys of parish life and the privilege of worshipping with a lively congregation in an ancient church building in the midst of modern North London.  He is proud to be part of the East Barnet Anglican-Methodist Partnership and serves as a governor of St Mary’s C of E School, on the committee of the East Barnet Residents’ Association, and in the House of Clergy of the St Albans Diocesan Synod.

James still retains an interest in all things musical, from early church music to contemporary North American music.  He is also a keen supporter of the Church of England’s musical ministry and serves as a chaplain to the Royal Schools of Church Music.

Outside church and the concert hall, James is an enthusiastic cook, enjoys canoeing and is learning how to get to grips with a large Rectory garden!

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.

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