Who’s Who

Martin Lane

Vicar

Martin is married to Rachel and they have four children. Before training for ordained ministry at Oak Hill Theological College, he spent a number of years working for a city-centre church in Cambridge and, before that, had a career in finance. He has been at Emmanuel Church since January 2012.

Hilary Drury

Families Worker

Hilary joined Emmanuel as Families Worker in September 2019. She grew up in Basingstoke and studied Psychology at the University of Bath. In her role at Emmanuel, Hilary aims to equip families to live out the gospel in every area of life, and in her spare time she enjoys going to the cinema, reading, and trying new kinds of crafts.

Naomi Wade

Church Administrator

Naomi has lived in Hastings for 12 years with her husband, Vince, and they have two children. Originally from north east Kent, she went to the University of Brighton where she studied computer science and contemplated teaching. She has spent 10 years as wife and mum, home-educating her children for the last 5 of those and continues to do so. Naomi has now taken on the role of Church Administrator and is excited for the new challenge.

Holly Eldridge

Director of Music

Geoff Martin

Churchwarden

Tony Simons

Churchwarden

Tony is married to Angie and they have 5 grown-up children and 3 grandchildren. Tony has been a member of Emmanuel church for over 20 years. Tony grew up in London and moved to Hastings in 1993 after he and Angie were married. Prior to his retirement in 2020, Tony worked as a learning disability nurse for 27 years.

Nigel and Janet Harvey

TOAST Supervisors

Janet and Nigel met at a church in Leicestershire when they were both in their teens. They were married in July 1965. After leaving school, Janet worked in the bank. Nigel worked as a teacher first in Leicestershire, then in Warwickshire and Cornwall. They moved to Hastings to work for Youth for Christ in 1982. After a few years, Nigel returned to education, finally retiring from full-time teaching in 2003. They both very much enjoy leading TOAST at Emmanuel Church, and being part of the music group. They have three married children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Ro Pelling

Safeguarding Officer

Ro is married to Mick and has two sons and two grandchildren, of whom she is inordinately proud. She has been a member of Emmanuel Church for many years. Now retired, she was a Civil Servant for the last 25 years of her working life.

Lisa Bonham

Sunday Club Supervisor

Lisa grew up in Hastings and has been at Emmanuel for over half a century, on and off! She is married to Terry and has two girls, both grown up and independent. Having lived in Norway for a year as a teenager, she speaks Norwegian and loves the cold weather! She was a nurse for nearly 40 years before retraining in administration. Lisa was the parish administrator for 19 years and has recently retired.

Fiona Davis

Buttons Supervisor

Lucy Sparks

Crèche Supervisor