Meet the Team

Reverend Neil Draper
Leader for the Morning Congregation
Reverend David Cain
Catholic Priest

Father David Cain is the Parish Priest of St Alban's in Chaddesden, St Hugh's in Borrowash and is responsible for the Catholics at The Church on Oakwood.

David is originally from Chaddesden being baptised at St Alban's before moving to Belper in his early years. He trained at St Mary's College, Oscott, in Sutton Coldfield and was ordained in 2003.
David served as Assistant Priest at The Sacred Heart Church in Leicester and St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham before being appointed as full-time Vocations Director for the Diocese of Nottingham. David then went to Leuven in Belgium for two years of further study to obtain a teaching licence. Upon his return he was appointed as Parish Priest in Coalville before heading to The Briars Catholic Retreat Centre, in Crich, Derbyshire, as the Youth Chaplain.


Deacon Rosemary Bell
Supernumerary Minister

I am an ordained Methodist deacon and find this ecumenical Church rewarding and challenging. Although retired from active ministry I appreciate being part of its worship, fellowship and witness, wherever and whenever appropriate.

Jo Wattam
Hazel Ellison
Elder/Worship Leader

I have been a member of The Church on Oakwood since its beginning and over the years have been involved in many different roles. Currently, I am a member of the Church Council. I try to be a visible leader for the congregation and involve myself in many aspects of the Church’s worship and community work.
This year, I became a Church Warden again which is an interesting and not too difficult a role. This is part of our being an LEP and trying to conform to the rules of the Church of England.
I have been a worship leader at the Church on Oakwood since I completed a course in 2004. Being a worship leader means that the planned Minister/preacher can use you to lead any and all parts of the service apart from preaching the sermon. In assisting them, I have read the lessons, introduced the hymns/songs, led the prayers and been involved in various other activities often with the children and congregation participating.
Since my retirement 2 years ago, I have been able to spend more time on building up the life of the Church and supporting the ministers, preachers and the church family.

Christina Williamson
Elder/Lay Reader/Preacher

I was born in Belfast and at the age of 14 became a Sunday School teacher to a lively bunch of 9 year olds as well as being actively involved in Youth for Christ in particular working with children who lived across the divide in East Belfast.

In 1986, I moved to England, first to Tangmere, Sussex, then Colchester, Stratford-Upon-Avon and then to Henley in Arden. In 1994 whilst living in Henley I was called to be a Reader and in 1996 I was licensed to the Diocese of Coventry.

In 1999, I moved up to Derby and was re-licensed to the Diocese of Derby in 2001. I initially worked with the Rev. Tony Luke in Allenton/Shelton Lock as well as being part of the fellowship at Borrowash Methodist church. I was invited to join the Methodist East Derby district taking services throughout the circuit. In 2004, I moved to Oakwood and enjoy taking services at Oakwood given its ecumenical freedom and style of worship. I work full-time and I am married to Andrew.

Sheila Harper
Safeguarding Co-ordinator (children)

I started worshipping at The Church on Oakwood in 1994, and after helping with the crèche and then Junior Church on Sunday mornings, became a leader and later co-ordinator for Sparklers, the group for 3-7 year olds. In September 2015, Sparklers and Explorers amalgamated, and I continue as a leader and co-ordinator for the new group (3-11 years) called J.A.M. - Jesus and Me.

Since its formation in 2008, I have been part of the Open the Book team, and have enjoyed helping with and seeing the growth of Messy Church in the last year. I also visit families on the anniversary of their child’s baptism.

I have served on Church Council and been a Church Warden.

In 2013, I took over the role of Safeguarding Co-ordinator for children. I am married with a grown up son and daughter.