Who's who

Fr MichaelVicar - Fr Michael Selby

Originally from Manchester, via The Midlands, I arrived in London in 1980 for my first teaching post in Pinner. I began work as a freelance classical musician in 1987, travelling the world, its concert venues and Opera Houses, before singing full time with English National Opera for 17 years. I have been involved in the Church for as long as I can remember, singing in choirs, and for many years was a Licensed Lay Minister, Reader, at St Mary’s, Harrow on the Hill. After two years training at Ripon College, Cuddesden, I served my title post at St Peter’s Church Ealing and now with my partner Neil, also an opera singer, our cat Hamish and dog Ruairi, I have come to Ruislip Manor to be the vicar. My hobbies include gardening, DIY and playing the piano.

Shanti JayasekeraLicensed Lay Reader - Shanti Jayasekera

I was born in Sri Lanka on 4th March 1954 and came to England with my parents in 1968.  In 1971 at the age of 17, I went into banking and served in various Financial Institutions.  I am married to Gita and we have been blessed to have two sons, Jehan and Chanaka. They attended school at St. John’s, Stanmore and Bishop Ramsey, Ruislip.  My youngest son, Chanaka, is married to Katie and we have two granddaughters named Freya and Erin and a grandson named Theo.

My calling to become a Licensed Lay Minister came a few years back, through God’s calling, and much encouragement from various members of clergy, parishioners & family,  culminated in me going to theological college at St. Mellitus, London to study and qualify.  I am delighted and look forward to serving this Parish and community in Ruislip Manor, to enrich the lives of many of God’s love for each other through my ministry and prayer.                                              

My hobbies include listening to classical music and playing the violin, reading, walking and spending time with my granddaughters, grandson & family,  but my main passion is watching a game of cricket these days at Lord’s Cricket Ground and supporting Middlesex County Cricket Club.

Pat CarpenterChurchwarden - Pat Carpenter

I joined St Paul’s in 1984.   I ran the pre-school playgroup for over twenty years and now help lead Little Poppets, our toddler group, and help out at Rainbows.   I am married to Mike, a keen photographer, and we are both retired.   We have a daughter and two sons and ten grandchildren. I enjoy reading, crosswords, gardening, crafts, art, cinema and the theatre. 

I became a Warden in 2015 and feel that my long experience of working with children and families helps me to relate to all the age groups of the congregation and the wider community.


David HodgenChurchwarden - David Hodgen