Outreach and development worker for trans and gender non-conforming people

A word from our Minister, Helen

I had heard of St Columba’s as a pioneering church long before I became the Minister here. People come to St Columba’s because they want to be part of an inclusive church and, as a result, we have a growing congregation. We support the Oxford Winter Night Shelter for homeless people, the loneliness project Archway, and our chaplaincy work to students in Oxford’s two universities, as well as our LGBTQIA+ group First Sunday. Out of our ministry to LGBTQIA+ people, we have come to realise that we need to do more to support gender non-conforming and trans people. We are very proud to call ourselves a trans affirming church and we are looking for someone who will help us develop this ministry, so that we can be church as it is meant to be, fully welcoming to all.

A word from the Church Secretaries, Gordon and Adrian

Thank you for expressing interest in this exciting post. At St Columba’s we are proud to be embarking on this journey, and are looking for someone special to join us on it. Although our church has its origins in chaplaincy to Presbyterian students at Oxford University, our community today is diverse, drawn from across the city and beyond, with some members studying or working within Oxford’s universities, and others working in other fields.

We have had an eventful few years since Helen joined our joint pastorate with Cumnor URC, not least thanks to coronavirus! We believe this outreach and development ministry to trans and gender non-conforming people will be a vital next step in our church’s mission to Oxford and the surrounding area, and our commitment to inclusion.

If you are excited by the transforming power of the Gospel, have a deep understanding of the issues facing trans and gender non-conforming people, and have the skills to use both to make a success of this project, we would love to hear from you!

How to apply

  1. Review the advertisement and the job description and person specification

  2. Complete your application form using real-life examples where you can (respecting confidentiality) of how you fit each of the selection criteria shown as being measured via the application form in the person specification. For each, you may find it helpful to describe a situation, what your thoughts were, what your actions were and what the result was.

  3. Send your application form to

  4. Complete the applicant information sheet and, optionally, the equality and diversity monitoring form. The selection panel will not see these forms.

  5. Send your applicant information sheet and equality and diversity monitoring form (if applicable) to

Applications need to be received by noon on Monday 8 November to give the panel adequate time to consider them properly.

Interviews are likely to take place on 19 November. If you need any adjustments (including application documents in a different format), or already know you would not be available on this date, please let us know on your applicant information sheet or make contact as below.

If you wish to discuss the role further before putting your application in, please contact or leave a message on 07790 805759.