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Composer and Director
Roger Jones was born in Birmingham and trained at the Birmingham School of Music. He then spent 16 years at Aston Manor School in Birmingham teaching music, and eventually became Head of Lower School. In the early 1970’s he began writing songs for his school choir about Easter, which emerged as a cantata entitled ‘Jerusalem Joy’ (1975).
Roger and his wife Mary live in Lickey End, Bromsgrove, near Birmingham. They have four children: Tim, Andrew, Peter (who tragically died in 2002) and Sally – and six grandchildren, all of whom live nearby. Roger loves football and is a keen supporter of Birmingham City, and he can often be found at Edgbaston County Cricket Ground supporting Warwickshire. More recently Roger has developed a love of radio, helping to host a weekly show called ‘Heart & Soul’ on a local internet radio site. Roger and Mary also love their visits to Weston-super-Mare, and delight in taking their dog, Poppy, for walks on the beach.
In 2018 Roger was awarded the Mary Jones Prize by the Bible Society for his musical ‘Greater than Gold’ (1983) and its contribution to keeping the story of Welsh girl, Mary Jones, and her Bible alive worldwide.
In 2019 Roger received the Cranmer Award for Worship from the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of many years using music to share the Gospel (or whatever the citation says)
Mary was born in East Birmingham and trained to be an SRN at Dudley Road Hospital in the 60’s. After midwifery training, she became a District Nurse and trundled round on a bicycle, much like the nurses in Call the Midwife!
She met Roger at Grenfell Baptist Church, where they eventually married in 1972. Mary gave up nursing in order to start a family, which quickly grew to 4 children, and eventually 6 grandchildren! She never went back to nursing as it soon became clear that Roger needed her support as the ministry of CMM began to emerge and when he eventually gave up teaching to go into it full-time. She gradually realised this was her calling. In the early days she was much more” hands-on” in the CMM office and stayed at home with the children while Roger was away. In more recent years, since the family gradually left the nest, she has been able to go with Roger on many of his Ministry trips, assisting behind the scenes.
Mary, with Roger, now worships at Holy Trinity Church Lickey, since they moved to Bromsgrove, South West of Birmingham nearly 10 years ago. She joins in with parish life as and when the Ministry allows and is soon to be included on the Home Communion Team.
She helps her daughter and son in-law with their 2 daughters as often as she can and fills other hours with music, reading and walking Poppy the dog as well as looking after the home.
Typesetter and Arranger
Annie Routley studied music at Exeter University. She moved from the West Country to Birmingham in 1979 to work for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and then the International Nepal Fellowship before joining Roger at CMM full-time in 1994.
Annie came to CMM with a wide range of experience: playing viola, keyboards and singing with Christian groups at conferences and on radio and television. She assists Roger in his itinerant ministry and leads musical-in-a-day events.
Annie is responsible for typesetting all of CMM’s music books and writes orchestral parts for all the musicals. She loves arranging in such a way to encourage choirs and instrumentalists of all abilities.
Events and Communications
Helen became involved with CMM as an associate in 2002, playing the role of Anna in the musical ‘Wildfire’ and never left! After university in Birmingham, where she studied theology, Helen joined the CMM office team for a gap year, which then became a permanent job when Phil Parkin retired. Since then, Helen has administrated the launching tours of Jail Break and Rock, as well as numerous other premieres and events. She also regularly leads CMM events of her own, and loves to train choirs, play her instruments and sing. She is passionate about helping people to find healing in Jesus, and particularly loves ministering in song. She is also just starting out on the song writing journey.
At home, Helen lives in Birmingham with her husband James and son Michael. She loves all sport, particularly netball, and spending time in the garden. She is a Methodist Local Preacher, and sings in a wonderful choir – The Chanterelles. She, along with Amy, contributes to a blog at https://reflectedlight.org
Tim works as Head of Sales at CMM. He is responsible for fulfilling customer orders and managing stock at the office as well as dealing with printing companies, publishers and the wider Christian book trade. Tim also arranges a lot of Roger’s music and has his own series of worship song backing track albums. Most recently, he has produced an instrumental album featuring alternative jazz arrangements of a selection of Roger’s songs: ‘Jones Got Rhythm’.
Tim, his wife Emma and their children Michael and Bethany, attend Bromsgrove Baptist Church where they are all involved in the worship team and various other activities. Tim enjoys spending time with the family and their dog, Teddy, and not a week goes by without indulging in some variety of pizza!
PA to Roger Jones
Amy is Roger’s PA and first got involved with CMM as an associate in 2005, playing the clarinet for the musical tours of Jail Break and then for Rock. Since then she has gone on to sing and play at many events across the UK as well as Canada. Amy took over the role as Roger’s PA in 2019 and has tried to keep Roger organised ever since! Amy has a deep passion for bringing Christ’s light, love and healing to people especially through music and song, and loves to encourage all that God wants to do for His people when ministering in this way.
Amy lives on the border of Worcestershire and Birmingham (depending on who you ask!) and lives with her husband Chris, daughter Leah and dog Molly. She is a registered Children’s Nurse and works part-time as an Interpreter. She is also studying for a Masters with the University of Central Lancashire. Amy loves singing with her local church as well as with the award winning choir, The Chanterelles. She, along with Helen, contributes to a blog at https://reflectedlight.org
Purpose Statement: To evaluate and monitor the general direction of the ministry and to co-ordinate financial support.
Cmm Trust was formerly the East Birmingham Renewal Group Trust. It was established in 1984 and the name was changed in 2016. The Finances of the trust are raised by:
-Donations from individuals through Gift Aid
-Donations from individuals (not Gift Aid)
-Donations from Churches which have conferences and seminars on worship and music ministry, led by teams from CMM
-Donations from churches which perform musicals by Roger Jones
Chair of Trustees
Gift Aid Secretary
Ministry Support Group (EBRG)
A Thursday – night house group which meets weekly to support and uphold in prayer all the varied work of Christian Music Ministries. One key aspect of this inter-denominational group is to always spend time worshipping, seeking the Lord and listening to Him through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For Director Roger Jones and his wife Mary, EBRG is a place where members can share together and deepen their walk with God in a safe place and be accountable to one another, as well as enjoying close friendships formed over many years.
EBRG (East Birmingham Renewal Group) Chairperson and Trustee, Gill Johnson, along with Roger and Mary, was a founder member of EBRG back in the early 1980’s when Roger was first called to leave his role as music teacher and head of lower school in Aston, Birmingham, and go into full-time music ministry. At that time, all the members lived and worshipped in East Birmingham, and longed to see local churches renewed in the power of the Holy Spirit. Now, in the 2020’s, the members mostly no longer live in East Birmingham but the name continues. EBRG consists of nine people, Roger and Mary Jones, Gill and Brian Johnson, Alan and Sue Walker, Annie Routley, Helen Pollard and John Hopkins. At the beginning of each year, the group makes a weekend retreat to seek the Lord in a special way for the year to come, often with an outside speaker. Week by week, all CMM events, church retreats, music weeks, CMM Choir rehearsals and concerts, musical-in-a-day events and conferences are prayed from at EBRG. The group also waits on the Lord for words and pictures that might help and equip for the event coming up. Years of such events and seeking God have helped EBRG to develop CMM’s two main teaching resources, co-authored by Roger, Helen and Annie – Worship Works and Spirit Works.