Emmanuel Church Canterbury

Our Leadership Team and Church Staff

Richard Hagan

Elder and Senior Minister

Our Senior Minister is Richard Hagan. He is married to Corinne and they have four young children. Richard has a long connection with mid-Kent. He grew up on the Isle of Sheppey and went to school in Sittingbourne and later The King’s School, Canterbury for the sixth form. It was there, aged 16, that he heard the gospel and turned to Christ. Richard studied law at Oxford University, and then worked in Sydney and then Oxford amongst students, internationals and teenagers. He then went to Oak Hill College to study for a degree in theology before serving for four years as Assistant Minister at Christ Church, Westbourne in Bournemouth. In his spare time he has recently completed a Master's degree in historical theology with Westminster Theological Seminary. He has a passion to see God glorified as people discover Jesus and follow him. In his spare time he enjoys jazz piano, watercolour painting and military history.

Jonny Sutton

Elder and Assistant Minister

Jonny is the Assistant Minister at Emmanuel Church and oversees the student work. He was a drum teacher and then trained for ministry at Cornhill and Oak Hill College. Jonny loves helping people understand what God has said in the Bible and seeing ordinary lives transformed by the gospel. He is married to Emma and they have a little boy called Joel. Jonny and Emma grew up in Hastings and are big South of England fans (although the North is OK too!) They have the winning combination of a keen cook (Emma) and a keen eater (Jonny)!


David Gould


David is one of our elders at Emmanuel Church Canterbury and he helps lead the music: "I'm married to Suzy and we have recently had baby Arthur added to our family which already included our daugther Rosa. I've been a Christian since about aged 14 when it hit me square that Jesus claimed to personally be the way, the truth and the life that I badly needed. Suzy and I met doing university musicals; whilst studying, we were at St Helen's Church Bishopsgate for 6 years. We joined Emmanuel in 2010 whilst working in Margate as doctors, and returned after a year in London in 2012 to a church we had loved to grow in and grown to love.
I'm from Ashford so know Kent pretty well; to relax, I enjoy football and road-biking with a local club around the North Downs. I also play a bit of guitar and 'croon'. Being an elder and involved at Emmanuel is a humbling privilege - church is about God's Spirit shaping ordinary lives day by day, week by week and holding and living out the gospel before our communities. If you're reading this and thinking of coming: Come!"

Stephen Malkin


Stephen grew up in Kent, going to school in Rochester. He went on to study  at The University of Edinburgh where during his first year of studies he became a Christian through personal faith in Jesus Christ. He is married to Louise and prior to moving to Canterbury in 2012 they both lived and worked in Edinburgh.

Stephen now works as a Civil Engineer. He enjoys most sports and loves all foods - except bananas!

Glen Yorke


Glen writes: "I’m married to Rachel and have 3 young children. I became a Christian when I was 18 after The Lord showed me that I needed Jesus as my Saviour through some bible talks at a Christian youth club. We live in Folkestone and have been a part of the Emmanuel Church family since 2014.

I love to help people meet Jesus as He is in Gods word and help them to see that through Jesus the Lord has dealt with our sin.

I work in IT for Saga and when I’m not at work I enjoy running around with my kids, watching and playing football, a good movie and eating pretty much anything – including bananas!"

Nicci Gilchrist

Children and Families Worker

Nicci is our children and families worker. She grew up in Winchester and went to University in Durham where she met her husband, Ed. Since then they have lived in Paris, Berkshire, California and Surrey before settling in Kent!

Ed and Nicci have 2 lovely, lively boys, Daniel and Oliver and an even more lively puppy called Bonnie! Nicci works for the church part-time and spends the rest of her time looking after the home and family.

Although free time is limited at this life stage, when she has the chance Nicci enjoys country walks, reading books, playing tennis and golf (not at the same time!) and any kind of creative project!

Nicci was brought up in a Christian home and made a commitment to follow Jesus when she was 7 years old. Having come to faith as a child herself, Nicci is passionate about teaching children from the Bible in a way that is fun and engaging so that they have every chance to understand the good news and start to follow Jesus for themselves

Sam Dyer

Youth Worker

I grew up in Surrey in a Christian home, as 1 of 8 siblings. Church for me for a long while, was just something that I did with the family and I didn't accept Jesus as Lord until I was perhaps 14. However, I don't think there was a huge change in my life until I arrived at the University of Kent in 2015 to study Biomedical Science. I then got involved with the Christian Union at the university and started going along to Emmanuel.I felt extremely welcomed and heard from the front, very early on at Emmanuel, that if I stayed there long enough, the whole of the Bible would be taught through, and that was one of the main things that made this church the place I wanted to serve.
I love seeing the change God works in people when they hear His message, as it is taught from the Bible.
I recently got engaged to my fiancé Isabel, who is also a partner at Emmanuel.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing football, watching football (almost exclusively Liverpool), reading and watching test cricket.

Ben Ayers

Pastoral Intern

Ben writes: “I was fortunate enough to grow up in a loving Christian home, and I knew lots of stories from the Bible - but not the one God behind them all. Eventually, it clicked with me that I was a sinner in need of a saviour and I started following God from about 15 years old.

Since then, I’ve studied philosophy at A Level and then for 3 years at the University of Kent. I studied fairly deeply some points of view about how to answer the big questions in life and I believe that the Christian worldview as it comes in the Bible makes the most sense of those questions.

In my free time I like to play sport (football, tennis, running, golf) and read.”