There's a lot that goes on at St Peter's. It's made possible by the cheerful service of lots of people from our church family. We also have a staff team who lead and oversee many of our activities day-to-day. Here's a bit about who they are.
Rob learned about Jesus as a child, and grew to love him as a student. Rob is a country boy at heart, having been raised in rural Berkshire and lived in leafy Devon, and he normally gets lost on the Tube. His favourite sports are football and table tennis (it is a sport, honest!). He is husband to Hepsie and father to Mireya, Joel and Dottie.
Associate Minister for Evangelism
Richard loves meeting people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. He grew up near Cambridge and became a Christian as a teenager through his local church. An ideal day for him would involve a stroll in the park, a game of football, a good conversation over coffee, and a board game or two. He met his wife, Arta, when teaching and studying in Greece. They have three girls, Lucy, Stephanie and Jane.
Andrew grew up in Newcastle - though you're unlikely to spot that from his accent! Andrew is really grateful that he grew up going to church and hearing about Jesus, but it wasn't until he was a student that he really grasped that being a Christian isn't about being good, but being forgiven. That changed everything! Before training to be a minister, he lived and worked in nearby Harold Hill. Andrew is married to Emily and they have two children, Samuel and Lucy.
Associate Minister for Youth and Families
John grew up in East London and was a primary school teacher in Hackney for a few years. Before taking up the role at St Peter's he and his wife Alma, with daughter Anya and son Micah, had been working overseas with Africa Inland Mission. John likes reading history, and it was being convinced that the resurrection of Jesus was an historical event which convicted him of the truth of the Christian Faith. He also likes playing football, listening to liquid drum and bass music, and losing to his wife at games.
Youth and Families Worker
Hayley grew up in Harold Wood, and was introduced to St Peter's Church as a child through a school friend. Hayley was part of the youth programme here and became a Christian during her teenage years as a Pathfinder. Hayley is married to Steve and they have four children: Ricci-Dean, Brendan, Samuel and Evelyn. Hayley enjoys country walks, open fires and having a good chat over a coffee.
Fi hails from the Brecon Beacons - not that you'd know she grew up in Wales from speaking to her! She came to know Jesus through her local church and summer camps in west Wales. Having brought her east to live in Harold Wood in 2006, the Lord has continued to give her a passion for sharing the good news of Jesus with all women. When enjoying some time off, Fi often takes herself off to the cinema or the West End.
Church Centre Manager and Biblical Counselling UK intern
Emily worked as a theatre director for several years, running an independent production company, before (to her surprise!) taking on her current role at St Peter's. She became a Christian at university and is still amazed that Jesus would save someone like her. Emily loves going to the theatre any time she can. She also enjoys watching films and reading, mostly historical fiction. There is always a pile of books on her floor waiting to be read and a pile of DVDs on her shelves waiting to be watched.
Elaine lives with her husband Meyrick and two sons Nathan and Jacob. In 2009, during a rough patch in life, a friend invited her along to church. After hearing the amazing news of grace and salvation, she became a Christian. Being a mum of school-age boys, she doesn't have much spare time, but Elaine helps out at the local Beaver Scout group. Her likes are walking, reading, jigsaws, knitting and eating! Her dislikes are cats, frogs and marmalade. Her life's ambition is to learn to play the piano.
Josiah grew up in Croatia, the child of St Peter’s mission partners. He became a Christian while still quite young, and ever since then the church has played a major role on his life. His time in Croatia taught him a lot, especially about how God works in ways that we don’t expect. He enjoys reading, playing board games and talking about ancient history. He is looking forward to serving the church and seeing what God has in store for him.
Daniel has recently finished his A Levels and lives in Harold Wood with his parents and three cats. He has been coming to St Pete’s since he was a child and became a Christian just before his teenage years. He enjoys reading, swimming and meeting up with people to go on a walk or enjoy a cup of coffee and some cake in a local coffee shop. Daniel’s biggest passion, however, is teaching young people about Jesus and he loves to find new and creative ways to do this.
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Alan moved to Harold Wood in 1972 when he married Penny - they have two children and four grandchildren - they have been part of the church here for just over 40 years. Alan is committed to overseas mission through Kids Alive International and enjoys walking, photography and playing around with a guitar and blues harmonica in his spare time. His passion is people, especially when it involves coffee. He was a building design manager, is now retired and is focusing on the support and development of the family of St Peter’s.
Leader of Ministry Amongst Older People
Chris is married to Eileen with five children and six grandchildren. They have lived in Harold Wood and belonged to the St Peter's Church family for nearly 50 years! He preaches at St Peter's, and gets invited to share the Good News of Jesus in other church fellowships in Havering and beyond.