Who’s Who

Rev. Emma Sykes


Hello, I am delighted to be appointed as the next Vicar of St Barnabas Erdington and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone, albeit in very creative ways at the moment. I have been ordained for 12 years and for the first six of those years I was at St Martin in the Bull Ring in Birmingham City Centre. For the last six years I have had a collection of different roles that have included working in Birmingham Diocese in the area of Vocations (helping people to discern where God is calling them), working for CPAS, a mission agency in the area of Leadership and Vocations and I have been an Assistant Missioner at St. Michael’s Church in Boldmere. I am married to Mac (also known as Andrew) and we have two teenage boys, Jacob (18) and Joel (16).

I am excited to be given this opportunity to serve not only the church at St Barnabas, but also the wider community and I am looking forward to journeying with you all to continue to grow and discern God’s kingdom purposes for the people and place of Erdington.

To view Emma’s introductory message on YouTube click here

Simon Dodson


” I have worshipped at St Barnabas since my childhood and have progressed from Sunday school to churchwarden. I have held my current post since the church re-opened following the fire. You may see me around at weekends either outside the church collecting litter or helping on the welcome desk on Saturdays.

As churchwarden I am keen to make sure everyone who attends the church feels welcome and comes away with a positive sense of what a church can offer the community.

Outside of church I work in social care for older people. I have a diploma in Social Care from Anglia University in Chelmsford, Essex, where I lived for two years. Prior to that I studied history at the University of North London in the mid –nineties.”

Donald Skelhorn


Donald moved to Erdington 38 years ago and has worshipped and been a valued member of the congregation at St. Barnabas for all that time.

He has been a member of the PCC at different stages throughout the years and was installed as a Churchwarden in November 2018.

Currently, his main responsibility is the running of the church whilst we await the appointment of a new vicar.  In particular, his long career in the hospitality industry is especially helpful in terms of overseeing and supporting the team running our popular Harbour Café.

He says: “Our focus at St. Barnabas is to ensure that everyone who comes here feels welcome and at ease.  Being there for the local community and for our wonderful congregation is at the heart of all our work and I feel very privileged to play a part in the church’s busy life”.