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This is a work in progress... We hope to build up a list, with a brief biography for each, of as many of the people who have played a key role in the life of Christ Church since its consecration.

Revd Matthew Luff

Revd. Matthew Luff was appointed Priest In Charge of Holy Trinity with Christ Church on 26th February 2013. Matthew came from Broadwater, where he was a curate. His professions before joining the church included the police and he was also a teacher. He has now moved to the parish of St John's Southbourne with St Nicholas Thorney Island as Vicar. The Parochial Church Council are now advertising for a new vicar for the parish. Please see our ‘Parish Profile’ page for more details.

Ven. Lionel Whatley

The Ven. Lionel Whatley was the previous Rector of the benefice of WORTHING Holy Trinity with Christ Church in the rural deanery of Worthing and the Archdeaconry of Chichester.

Rev. Philip Walton

Rev. Wilfred Crittle

The Rev. Wilfred Crittle was a missionary working in Burma before later becoming Vicar of Worthing at Christ Church.

A box of files belonging to him is held at Brimingham University, as cited here

Author of “Burma, Land of Many Tongues”, London: Bible Churchman's Missionary Society, 1948 35 pp. (Field Survey No. 5). Story of work from 1924-1946 by an evangelical society of the Church of England.

Rev. Scutt
Rev. William Augustus Doherty
Rev. William Bridger Ferris
Vicar of Christ Church between 1898 and 1924, and prebendiary of Chichester. He died, aged 80, on 21st April, 1931. His friends erected a memorial in Christ Church “as a tribute to his faithful and fruitful ministry”.
1864-1891 Rev. Francis Cruse, 1824-1891
Francis was born on 4th January 1823 in Warminster, Wiltshire. He was baptised on 1st January 1824 at St Lawrence, Warminster, along with his sister Frances Ann, who is probably his twin. Francis was the son of Jeremiah CRUSE (1781-1861) and Elizabeth KNIGHT (1783-1840) and the grandson of Jeremiah Cruse (1758-1819) the land surveyor.

Francis went to St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, where he matriculated on 5th March 1846 aged 23. He was awarded a BA in 1851. He took up a position as a curate in Earlstoke, Wiltshire, in 1851 and was ordained as a deacon later that same year in the Diocese of Salisbury. The following year he was ordained as a priest. From 1852 to 1856 Francis served as the curate of Great Warley in Essex. In 1853 he married Charlotte Augusta Brace in Bath. In 1856 he moved to London to become the curate of the parish of St Jude in Southwark, where he remained until 1864 when he was appointed as the vicar of Christ Church, Worthing, Sussex. Francis was awarded an MA from Oxford University in 1875. Presumably inspired by his studies Francis wrote a book in 1879 entitled A Few Facts and Testimonies Touching on Ritualism which was written under the pseudonym “Oxoniensis”.

From Rev. Francis Cruse of Worthing, Sussex

????-1864 Rev. Philip Bennett Power
Rev. William Read
Rev. Charles Hole, d1898

Charles was Vicar of Worthing and the incumbent at Christ Church from 1891 until his death on February 14th, 1898. He was a popular pastor, in whose memory the congregation erected a memorial

B.F. French - Warden in 1898
L.W. Wiber - Warden in 1898
Organists and Assistant Organists
Ralph V. Waters
G. Long
William Binstead
William was Organist & Choirmaster from 1918 until his death on 19th August 1938
Buried Here

Summer Concert

Sun. 11 June 2017


Assembly Hall, Worthing

Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra

Kodaly, Harry Janos Suite
Berlioz, Symphony Fantastique

A Night at the Opera

Sat. 24 June 2017


The Angmering School

Angmering Chorale

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