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 children. Richard has a long connection with 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, painting and military history.

Allan Beckett


Allan lives in Faversham. He is married to Alice and they have two children.

He became a Christian in his late teens. He continues to realise that he is more and more in need of God’s grace, mercy and strength, and is learning that Christ is sufficient in all of life. He has a passion to see people grow in their relationship with Christ and has particularly been involved in biblical counselling and preaching.

After going to University, he worked for a church, worked for a Christian charity, and now runs his own business.

He loves sailing, reading novels and swimming in the sea.

Mike Bedford


Mike grew up in South Africa but has lived most of his life in the UK. He lives with his wife Louisa and their three children in Whitstable. Mike studied Multi-media and Digital Systems Design at Sussex University and spent 15 years working as an acoustic and technology consulting engineer in central London. He is now working as the director of an artist studio. He came to understand the truth of gospel and put his faith in Jesus in his late teens. He believes that Christianity makes sense of the biggest questions in life and has a passion for helping people investigate the claims of Jesus for themselves.

Mike produces music, graphics and video. He also enjoys climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding and building furniture out of old pallets.

Mike Cadge


Mike grew up in Whitstable where he still lives with his wife Arpana, whom he met at Emmanuel Church.

He became a Christian when he was 19 while teaching English in India. Mike has a passion for God's global mission to save the nations and currently heads Emmanuel's mission group.

In his spare time, Mike loves walking and bird watching with his wife, cycling, fishing and going to Whitstable beach.

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!

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

Student and 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 married to 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.

Liza Hooks


Liza is our part-time church administrator and was born and bred in Namibia.  She emigrated to the United Kingdom with her husband, Philip and 3 children in November 2019.

Liza recalls hearing the Gospel as a very young child when she was dutifully and regularly taken to the Methodist Church Sunday School.  It was there that she recalls, as a little girl of 5, being awed by the Gospel presented in a very simple way and praying to ask the Lord to save her.  Over the years the Lord has kept her and shown her more of His grace, mercy and strength.

Liza enjoys helping her church family to feel connected and helping practical arrangements to run smoothly.  In her little spare time, she enjoys reading books, working on a variety of creative projects and spending time with friends and family.