Who’s Who

Martin Lane


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.

Lisa Bonham
Church Administrator


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 has been the parish administrator since 2003 and now works four mornings a week.

Alex Hohenkerk
Director of Music


Alex is married to Jess and they have a beautiful daughter called Esther. Alex has the peculiar job of making cricket bats, but in his spare time is often found behind a piano waving his arms and trying to get people to sing.

Beckie Akroyd
Childrens Ministry Co-ordinator


Originally from Hastings (born in the old Buchanan!) Beckie finally came back for work, but she stayed because of Emmanuel. She trained in Theology at Oak Hill Theological College and has taught children in Sunday schools and similar ventures for around 15 years. She loves seeing the wonder of little ones as they learn about our awesome God. She is also a keen (but untidy) baker, sewist and knitter.