Our Vicar

The Reverend James Power

Father James became Vicar of St Mary’s in October 2015 but was already well known here and around Harrow, having been Senior Chaplain at Harrow School since 1989. He retains a chaplaincy role at the School.

Born and brought up in Cardiff, he read Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. He prepared for ordination at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, before being ordained in the Church in Wales. He served his title in the Parish of Caxton-juxta-Barry (made famous by the TV series Gavin and Stacey!)


Much of his ministry has been spent in education, having taught for over 25 years. He has also served as a governor at a variety of maintained and independent schools and currently chairs the Trustees of the Red Balloon Learner Centre, North West London, which helps severely bullied children. He is a former Chairman of the School Chaplains’ Conference (now the School Chaplains and Leaders Association  – SCALA).

He plays an active role in the City of London as a member of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers (one of the City’s ancient livery companies) for whom he chairs the Charities Committee. He is married to Fiona; they have two grown up children, Huw and Kitty.