Elders

John Harding

John Harding

John Harding

Tel: 01865 556487;
e-mail: John Harding

John was brought up in a Congregational family and his grandfather was a Congregational Minister. He came up to Oxford in 1953 to read Engineering Science and later returned as a University Lecturer and Fellow of Mansfield College. He and his wife Caroline are members at both Summertown URC and St Peter’s, Wolvercote where she has recently resigned as PCC secretary. They are both committed supporters of the Church Partnership, the successor to the Ecumenical Parish formed in 1982. For some 30 years John was treasurer to the recently disbanded Oxford Christian Aid committee. His other interests include railways and classical music.


Mary Horwitz

Mary Horwitz

Mary Horwitz

Tel: 01865 554983;
e-mail: Mary Horwitz

Having trained in Birmingham Mary originally came to Oxford in the mid 1960’s to work as a radiographer, working at different times in several of the Oxford hospitals. She became and remained a member at Summertown until moving to Watlington in 1984 where she joined the local Methodist Church. Returning to Oxford in 2010 she transferred her membership back to Summertown and was then ordained Elder in 2012.


Beryl Knotts

Beryl Knotts

Beryl Knotts

Tel: 01865 510055;
e-mail: Beryl Knotts

Beryl was brought up in a Congregational family and had early experience with the Surrey Congregational Youth Council. She trained and worked as a social worker in the UK and from 1966 to 1969 served as a UNA volunteer in Brazil. This led to 10 years international social work experience in Peru, Nigeria, South Sudan and Geneva, followed by 11 years with Oxfam, latterly in international human resources, until retirement in 1991. She was a URC Racial Justice Advocate, an avowed ecumenist and was our Church Secretary from 1997 until 2011.


Hannah Masterson

Hannah Masterson

Hannah Masterson

Tel: 01865 378576;
e-mail: Hannah Masterson


Ian Scargill

Ian Scargill

Ian Scargill

Tel: 01865 558875;
e-mail: Ian Scargill

Ian grew up in Yorkshire, one of an extended family all associated with the Congregational Church. He came to Oxford as a student and stayed on, becoming a Lecturer in Geography in the University, specialising in urban studies and the geography of France. He was also Fellow and Tutor in Geography at St Edmund Hall where he was for several years the Vice Principal. He is an Elder and former Church Secretary at Summertown URC and apart from church work his main interest is now in environmental conservation.