St Augustine's Church Thorpe Bay
St Augustine's ChurchThorpe Bay

The Reverend Canon Jonathan Collis

Jonathan was born and brought up in Colchester before reading Classics and Theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

After a year as a lay teacher/librarian in the novice training house of the Anglican Franciscans in the Solomon Islands he worked as assistant clerk in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Westminster before returning to Cambridge to train for the ministry at Westcott House.

He was ordained deacon in 1999 and priest in 2000 as curate of St Neots in Huntingdonshire, and in 2002 went to Jesus College, Cambridge as chaplain. In 2009 he was appointed by the Crown, patron of the living of St Augustine’s, as Vicar.  In October 2015 Jonathan was appointed an Honorary Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral.

His wife, Judith, is a geologist and geo-archaeologist, and they have two daughters, Rose and Lily.

Picture taken from The Vicarage

Where to find us

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We are located in the middle of Thorpe Bay, about two miles east of Southend on Sea and just a short walk from the sea front.  We are easily accessible by train (Thorpe Bay station is on the main line from London Fenchurch Street) and bus (Nos 1, 7 and 9), and there is ample on-street parking around the church. The church itself is on an island site at the junction of Johnstone Road and St Augustine’s Avenue.


Our address is:


St Augustine’s Church,

St Augustine’s Avenue,

Thorpe Bay, Essex.

SS1 3JH.

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18th October 2021

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