Our Leadership Team and Church Staff
Elder and 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.
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)!
Richard, a Church Elder, is originally from Sheffield where he met and married his wife Yvonne, they have three grown up children.
Richard is a retired Biomedical Scientist who spent most of his career in pharmaceutical development first in Harrogate and subsequently in Welwyn Garden City, Sandwich and Canterbury. He now lives in Whitstable and supports The Whitstable Society, his local Residents association and enjoys eating, reading and walking (more like ambling) along the Saxon Shore Way.
Richard became a Christian in his later teenage years and has been involved in Church leadership since his early twenties. His concern is that the Church is obedient in fulfilling Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations which Emmanuel, being in a university city, is well placed to achieve.
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 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!
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.
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
Jono is our admin intern, who grew up as a Christian in Margate. He went to the University of Exeter to study Psychology, staying on to later study Animal Behaviour. During his time at university, he started exploring deep questions about his faith leading to an interest in theology and a deeper love for Christ.
In his spare time, Jono volunteers for an RSPCA animal shelter, reading, watching football and (too many) films. He supports Leicester City FC (so don’t mention their Premier League win, if you value your peace of mind!)