People

There are many people leading different areas of church life. Here are some of those who are part of our staff leadership team...

Paul Mann

Paul Mann

Paul grew up in Hastings and has been part of our church for many years. As well as leading our Hastings venue, Paul leads King’s Church as a whole, bringing experience in commerce from his previous career in the building industry. Paul is married to Chloe and they have four sons, though only one of them has followed in Paul’s footsteps by supporting Gillingham FC!

Steve Young

Steve Young

Steve is an elder at King’s Church and leads our Bexhill venue. When he is not busy with church work he enjoys time with his family, cycling and driving his classic car.

Aled Cousins

Aled Cousins

Aled is an elder who leads the 6 o’clock church team and oversees the worship life at King’s Church as a whole. He is a qualified primary school teacher and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Aled loves travelling and meeting people from different cultures… and eating their food.

Sam Akrasi

Sam Akrasi

Sam is originally from Ghana and moved to Hastings in summer 2016. A former teacher and headmaster, Sam now works at a charity supporting adults with disabilities and is one of the elders at King’s. Sam is passionate about the local church, loves telling others about Jesus and is still amazed at God’s wonderful grace. Sam and his wife Clare have two sons.

Hannah Beaney

Hannah Beaney

Hannah oversees operations at both King’s Church and the Hastings Centre. She previously worked in a large, Central St Leonards primary school for 20 years – both as a class teacher and a senior leader. Hannah is married to Nic and they have three boys. One of Hannah’s passions is to see people develop their God-given potential... Her other one is hoovering!

Andrew Bunt

Andrew Bunt

Andrew is involved in the practical side of running King’s, working especially on the delivery of our Sunday gatherings and our big events, as well as teaching the Bible in various different contexts. He has degrees in theology from Durham University and King’s College London and loves helping people to understand and apply the Bible. Andrew is also part of the Bexhill venue team.

Clare Burford

Clare Burford

Clare overseas all things financial for all of the King’s Church venues. She has been working in finance for over 17 years, during which time she has been involved in and managed the finances for various commercial companies. Clare is mum to two wonderful children and if she ever had any free time she would love to go horse riding.

Su Butler

Su Butler

Su is Paul Mann’s PA and runs the church office. She has lived abroad in developing countries for most of her married life but has been happily settled in England for over 10 years now.

Paul Edworthy

Paul Edworthy

Paul joined the team in September 2016 as one of the pastors for King’s Hastings. Paul oversees pastoral and mid-week life across King’s Church. He loves taking part in triathlons and travelling. Paul is married with two children.

Joanna Mutu

Joanna Mutu

Joanna oversees the youth at all King’s Church venues, as well as our Impact gap year programme. She loves serving on the worship team, is a qualified dancer and thinks Thai food is the best.

Kate Thurston

Kate Thurston

Kate is our children’s coordinator for King’s Church as a whole and heads up our safeguarding team. She is a keen landscape photographer and makes amazing ice cream.

Jon Wales

Jon Wales

Jon grew up in Central St Leonards. He and his wife Al have lots of experience working in local communities for various churches and charities. They currently run Hastings Foodbank and have three teenage children.

Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams

Natalie’s background is in journalism and PR. She heads up community engagement/ social action and communication across King’s Church as a whole. Natalie is co-author of The Myth of the Undeserving Poor (2014) and A Church for the Poor (2017).

In addition to the staff leadership team, we have many other leaders in the church, including Connect Group hosts, Pastoral Deacons, Trustees, our Child Protection & Safeguarding Team, and various ministry leaders.

Trustees

As a registered charity, we have a board of trustees overseeing the financial and legal responsibilities of the church. Our current trustees are: Martin Clarke (chair), Ollie Dyer, Fiona Webb and Natalie Williams.

Pastoral Deacons

The King’s Church leadership team is supported by a team of pastoral deacons. These are men and women who are mature Christians, have been involved in church life here in Hastings for some years and are highly respected among the church community for the way they care for people and their wisdom in helping members through difficult or challenging situations. If you are going through a difficult time and would like pastoral support, please contact us.

Impacters

Each year we run a gap year known as ‘Impact’, where volunteers give a year of their time to serving the church and developing their skills. They work very hard wherever they’re needed, but each with a particular focus, such as worship, children's work, dance, PA/AV or social action.

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