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The ROOTS team

Who's who at ROOTS

ROOTS for Churches Ltd is a charitable company, and publishes ROOTS Adult & All Age and ROOTS Children & Young People resources in print and online.

  • Our registered office address is 86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT
  • Registered Charity No. 1097466
  • Registered Company No. 4346069.


The ROOTS team

The ROOTS team is responsible for:

  • implementing the vision and direction of the Roots resources
  • the day-to-day work on planning, commissioning and producing the resources.

In so doing, we work closely with:

  • our contributors – experienced ordained and lay practitioners from across the denominations and traditions
  • our Trustees – our ecumenical partners, with whom we meet regularly to discuss the overall direction of the resources.

Read more about the Roots writing process.


Team members


Melanie Cave, Managing Director


Melanie joined Roots from Sweet Cherry Publishing in 2022, bringing a breadth of experience in publishing, business development and reaching new markets, as well as operations, working with internal and external stakeholders, team building and support. In her role, Melanie is able to draw on her experience as a leader in her local church, where she has variously served leading a congregation, and as Worship & Pastoral Lead and Children & Families Lead.


Tracey Messenger, Editor, Roots Adult & All Age


Tracey joins Roots from a background in Christian publishing, as a commissioning editor for both Church House Publishing (publishing arm of the Church of England) and SPCK. More recently she has enjoyed producing worship resources for charities such as The Children’s Society, Christian Aid and The Trussell Trust.

Prior to working in publishing and after a degree in English and History, she spent several years working at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire. She has an MA in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Leeds and an MA in Psychology of Religion from Heythrop College, University of London.

After more than 20 years in London, she has recently moved to West Wales, where she is enjoying worship at St David’s Cathedral and coastal walks with her miniature schnauzer (and office assistant!), Peggy.


Pam Elliott, Editor, Roots Children & Young People


Pam joined us as Children and Youth Editor in September 2021. She previously managed the Education Department at Manchester Cathedral for 14 years, providing creative learning and worship activities for children, young people and families. Prior to that Pam was Head of Religious Studies and led collective worship at a secondary school in Hertfordshire. Pam lives in the Peak District where she has enjoyed using the Roots materials with her Anglican church community. 


Kate Mennell, Production Editor


Kate became Production Editor of Roots in June 2010. She previously worked for 18 years in non-fiction book publishing, editing reference books and Early Years Foundation Stage teaching resources. She manages freelance contributors and co-ordinates the workflow of Roots’ magazines, from manuscript to printed product.


Ailsa Bailey, Website Editor


Ailsa joined Roots in January 2013 having previously worked in STM (science, technical and medical) publishing for many years. She is a member of a Baptist church in Bristol where she is involved in worship and children’s work.


Tracy Somorjay, Marketing Officer


Tracy has worked as a freelancer with Roots since 2011, joining the staff team in 2021. Prior to working in publishing that serves churches, she spent 10 years with a leading schools publisher. She attends an Anglican church in London where she wears many hats, including Safeguarding Officer, Sunday School leader, toddler group volunteer and midweek Bible study leader.


Leah Bell, Administrator


Leah joined the Roots team in October 2021, bringing a range of skills to her role - both from her work in various administrative roles in Higher Education, and as Assistant Co-ordinator of a night shelter through a Christian charity. Leah has a BA(hons) in Theology and an MA in Mission from Cliff College, and says 'I am looking forward to playing my part in helping ROOTS equip, resource, enrich and support the body of Christ.' Leah lives in Portsmouth and enjoys creating art in her spare time.

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