Who We Are

St James’s Church is an evangelical Anglican church based in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, the largest island off the coast of England. We are separated from the mainland by the Solent, a narrow strip of sea famous for its yachting. Situated off the south coast, we enjoy some of the best weather in Britain!
Our ministry is based on the clear teaching of God’s Word and the application of biblical principles to daily living. We focus on being open to God through corporate worship, private prayer and daily reliance upon the power of the Holy Spirit.
As an Anglican Church affiliated to the Anglican Mission in England, with an ordained minister, St. James’s is committed to its protestant and evangelical practices and doctrines. We are committed to supporting other like minded churches inside and outside of the structure of the Church of England.

Our Staff

James Leggett


James moved to the Isle of Wight in 1997. He is married to Mary and they have 4 children, only one of which still lives at home. James studied at Oak Hill Theological College and spent time as a curate before moving to the Island.

Jono Hill


Jono moved to the Isle of Wight in 2001. He is married to Sam and they have 3 children. Not resigned to a life of administration, Jono has previously worked in one of London's great tailors and now makes the most of his experiences as a school governor at his local school in East Cowes.

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James Pontin

Associate Minister

James moved to the Isle of Wight in 2001. He is married to Becky, whom he met and married at St James's, and they have 4 children. Alongside his preaching and discipleship roles James enjoys spending time with his family.

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