Julian was born near Windsor in 1964. Brought up in a Christian family, he became a Christian through the Christian Union at his secondary school. He read English at New College, Oxford, also serving on the CU Executive Committee, and then studied at the London College of Printing before working in the printing and publishing industries. This included more than two years working for the notorious Robert Maxwell, though Julian did get all his pension contributions back in the end.
In 1991 after working as Production Manager at IVP, the Christian publishers, he joined the staff of Cornerstone Evangelical Church, Nottingham as Church Manager and Pastoral Assistant. From 1993-1996 he studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago, USA for an M.Div. After graduation in 1996 he joined the staff of Eden as Associate Pastor.
Julian was appointed as Senior Pastor of Eden in September 2002.
In 1989 Julian married Debbie, who is a community dentist. Their three children, Robin, Fiona and Kitty, were born in 1993, 1995 and 2000. Julian has published five books: Maximum Life: All for the glory of God, Idols: God’s battle for our hearts, The Joy of Service (which draws on twenty years of ministry at Eden), Fresh Pathways in Prayer and Jesus Lover of My Soul: Fresh Pathways to Spiritual Passion - see bibliography. After many years as a trustee on the boards of UCCF and IVP, he is currently on the Trust Board of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. Outside work, Julian runs, including the odd marathon. He also enjoys walking with his border collie dogs, painting with oils, political biographies, and opera. He cherishes an ambition to eat in every Cambridge college hall.
Genevieve comes from London and studied English Literature and Italian at Leeds University. After graduating, she worked as a Technical Author for five years at a computer company in Dunstable. It was there that she heard the gospel for the first time, becoming a Christian in 1984. She subsequently joined a local church, West Street Baptist Church, and attended the Bible College attached to it.
She went to Japan in 1991 with Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ (WEC International) and, after studying Japanese for two years, worked in evangelism and pastoral care. She lived in Hikone and in the university city of Kyoto, which is the cultural capital of Japan. When back in the UK, she was on the staff team at West Street.
Genevieve likes art exhibitions, reading, swimming and coffee-shops and, above all, knowing Jesus!
Ali Campbell Smith
Ali was born in Surrey and lived there for most of her childhood apart from 2 years in San Francisco. She first came to Cambridge as an undergraduate in 2003 and has been at Eden ever since. In 2007 Ali joined the staff at Eden as a Church Assistant for a year, before returning to postgraduate study in Chemistry. Having continued throughout this time to be involved with the young people’s ministry at Eden, she then spent 3 years working part-time in Cambridge while also training part-time to do youth work at Oak Hill College in London. She was delighted to return to the staff team at Eden in September 2014 as Eden’s Youth Worker.
When not working, Ali enjoys making music, exploring the local countryside by bike and spending time with friends. Secretly she’s still a bit of a chemistry geek and would be delighted to help you with your science homework.
Sara was born in Nigeria and brought up in Northamptonshire before coming to Cambridge as a student and new Christian in 1983. She studied Spanish and French at Gonville & Caius College before completing a PGCE and working as a primary school teacher locally.
She married Doug (an electronic design engineer) in 1989 and they have three children - Alice, Phil and Matthew. Since having children, she has worked as a supply teacher, registered childminder and in a pre-school.
Sara enjoys walking, gardening, reading and wild open spaces.
Hazel was born in Coventry but brought up in sunny north-eastern England. She studied languages at Bradford University before ending up in Cambridge. She has previously worked as Administrator at Eden for a couple of years, before her oldest daughter was born in 2004. Four children later she is pleased to be back, although part time. Her hours at Eden are 9.30-3.00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Outside work she enjoys running, knitting and baking, among other things!
Steve grew up in Stoke-on-Trent before moving to Oxford to study law at Wadham College. In 2001, after finishing his studies, he moved to London to work for a City law firm. From 2007-2016 Steve worked for the John Lewis Partnership, latterly as Head of Legal (Property and Planning).
Steve is married to Katie and they have a son, Joshua. From 2016-2018 the Wrights lived in Switzerland where Steve helped to run Westlake Church Nyon, an English-speaking church near Geneva. Steve served as Elder during a period of change for the church, as well as helping to lead music with Katie and hosting a homegroup for young adults.
They moved to Cambridge in Summer 2018 so that Steve could take up the role of Operations Manager here at Eden. They are delighted to be part of the Eden family.
Phoebe grew up in Hertfordshire, apart from a few years her family spent in Sydney, Australia. She went to the University of Nottingham for her degree studying Food Science and Nutrition. Phoebe got married in August 2020, and moved to Cambridge to be with her husband, Joel, who was studying Engineering.
Joy grew up in Belfast and first came to Cambridge in 2017 to study French and German at Churchill College. She has been attending Eden since the beginning of her time in Cambridge, and was baptized there at the end of her first year. Eden has been a constant source of encouragement and family to her and so she is very excited to be serving the church as an Apprentice this year!
In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, spending time with friends and trying to find ways to keep her French and German up to scratch!
Tim grew up in Bangladesh until the age of 10 when his family moved to Gloucester. After taking a year out to live with family in New Zealand, Tim moved to Cambridge to study law at Selwyn College and, having met some Eden students at the CU fresher’s getaway, he started going to Eden from the first week of his degree. Eden provided him with a great community throughout his degree and he’s really glad to get to be on the staff team as a Church Apprentice for the year.
In his spare time Tim enjoys an eclectic mix of rugby, cycling, musicals and cake (though not necessarily all at once).
The role of elders at Eden is explained here.
The role of deacons at Eden is explained here.