Ministry Team

Vicar:  Reverend Andrew (Andy) Wilson

Andy is married to Jacqui and they have three adult sons and two grandchildren.  After a career in the IT industry, Andy trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol.  Andy was ordained in 1999 and served for 8 years at Hosanna, a new church forming part of Broadwater Parish in Worthing, West Sussex.

In 2019, Andy was appointed Priest in Charge of St John the Baptist Purbrook.  Andy has also been Vicar of Christ Church Portsdown since 2007, and is also Curate in the parish of Crookhorn.

Andy is chaplain to Havant & Waterlooville FC, who play in the National League, the fifth tier of English football.

Andy served as Joint Area Dean of Havant from 2014 to 2019.

You can contact Andy by email at, by telephone at 023 9226 7261 or by post at:

Christ Church Portsdown


Curate: Matt Grove

Matt came to faith as an adult, and soon after began to explore a call to ordained ministry. This led him back to education, studying in the evenings for three years and spending two years at Winchester University studying Theology and Ethics, before being recommended to train for ordination. Matt’s ordination training was undertaken at Wycliffe Hall Oxford. The first two years of this was on a mixed-mode pathway which combined study in college with ministry in parishes in the Diocese of Winchester. His third year of training was a full-time residential year in Oxford.

Matt has been licensed as a lay worked in the parishes of Portsdown & Purbrook and will be ordained as a Deacon later in 2020.

Matt has four children and prefers not to mention which football team he supports when in this part of Hampshire!

Cluster Clergy: Revd Janette Smith

St John the Baptist Purbrook is part of a cluster of three parishes along with the Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn (CoGS) and Christ Church Portsdown and the clergy minister across all three churches.

Revd Janette Smith was licensed as Vicar of CoGS and Curate in the parishes of Portsdown and Purbrook in 2019.