Leadership Team

Revd Dr Neil Johnson 

Neil Johnson is the Methodist presbyter with pastoral oversight of The Church at Carrs Lane.

Neil is also one of three Superintendent Ministers of the Birmingham Methodist Circuit and Deputy Chair of the Birmingham Methodist District.

In addition, Neil chairs the Birmingham Christian Homeless Forum, as well as the Retail Chaplaincy Management Committee. He serves as a trustee of Hope Housing, which offers accommodation to asylum seekers.

Contact details:


0121 616 1800

Revd Cristina Cipriani 

Cristina Cipriani is United Reformed Church minister at Carrs Lane.  Cristina was ordained and inducted on Saturday 21 July 2018, joining our team of ministers. She is also Minister at Digbeth-in-the-Field URC in Yardley.

Cristina’s interests are interfaith dialogue, the connections between psychology and theology and how the church can be a place where everybody is welcomed and feels safe.

Contact details:


0121 643 6151

Deacon Ruth Yorke

Ruth Yorke is a Methodist Minister with The Church at Carrs Lane. Ruth helps the church with mission to the city centre and with student ministry.

Ruth joined our team to work with the church in developing its service amongst vulnerable people in the city, and she is excited to be amongst so many people who are passionate about serving others.

Ruth has many interests, including interfaith working and ensuring that we work towards making churches places of inclusion and safety for everyone. She has been involved in the early stages of the development of ‘positive working together‘, a Methodist Church approach to working well together in church life in the midst of our varying personalities, backgrounds and experiences.

Contact details:


0121 643 6151

Deacon Ruth Yorke
Revd Elaine Hutchinson

Elaine was inducted at The Church at Carrs Lane on 28 September 2020, having already been based at Carrs Lane for her role as Retail Chaplain in Birmingham City Centre. She joined the team of ministers, adding some church responsibilities (leadership, preaching) to her ministry.

Contact details


0121 643 6151


The church’s leadership team is called the Eldership. With the ministers, elders are trustees with responsibility for the Local Ecumenical Project. There are up to ten elders who are responsible for ensuring the fulfilment of the agreed guiding principles. They also have pastoral oversight of the whole life of the church.

Church members are called by fellow church members to serve on the Eldership. This happens through a process of nomination and authorisation by the Church Meeting. The period of service is three years, but with the possibility of immediate re-election for one further period of up to three years. On completion of their period of service, retiring elders are not eligible for re-election for one year. Their Call is recognised through promise-making and commissioning in worship.

You can contact the elders/trustees by email to clerk@carrslane.co.uk

Tel: 0121 643 6151

Serving Elders (2022)

Carrie Ambler, Elizabeth Cummings, Taiwo Makanjuola, Matthew Neville, Michael Richer,  Martin Stokes, Christine Tudor Jones, Peter Woodall (Treasurer).

The Elders’ Meeting has established committees with appropriate delegated authority which include:

  • Finance Committee
  • Worship Consultation
  • Property Oversight
  • Property Mission Group
  • Publicity Group
  • Pastoral Visitors’ Network