20th April 2017

Welcome to the Wales family

Jon and Alex Wales and their three children will be moving back to Hastings to lead the Central St Leonards venue. Here's a little bit about the Wales family...

Jon and Al have been married for 18 years and have three children. Originally from Hastings, they have spent the last 10 years living in the North East of England.

Between them they have over 30 years of experience working in the local community for various churches and charities. Recently this has included helping to set up and run the Hartlepool Foodbank, supporting the launch of a debt advice centre, and providing wrap around care for members of the local refugee and asylum seeker community.

They loved being part of a small active group of Christians in Hartlepool and being members of Emmanuel Church Durham (a multi-site church in County Durham) and are excited to be re-joining King's Church.

They like spontaneity and hanging out with people and four of the Wales family enjoy swimming in the sea (especially when it's rough). The other one likes being left at home with a good book and a cup of tea.

Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams


22nd July 2016

Leadership changes at King's

Last Sunday Paul mentioned some changes to the leadership team at King's. The Akrasi and Edworthy families will be joining us here in Hastings in August. Paul Edworthy will be joining the staff leadership team at the start of September. Here is some info from both families about themselves...

The Edworthy family

Paul and Ros Edworthy have been married for 14 years and have two children, Maddy who is 11 and Malachi who is nine. Paul is originally from Grays in Essex and as well as having theological training and many years of local church experience, he is also a qualified coach and has worked with people of different ages and from lots of different backgrounds.

Ros is from Carlisle and is a primary school teacher (specialising in music), she also has counselling qualifications and lots of experience in local church. Paul, Ros, Maddy & Malachi currently live in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. They moved to the area to plant a church for Alive, a multi-site church.

The family loves being part of and involved in local church. They also enjoy a variety of sports, music and other activities as well as just relaxing with other people, eating food and having fun! Malachi plays cricket and tennis, Maddy loves music and plays clarinet, Ros plays in a local concert band and Paul enjoys getting involved in triathlons.

The Edworthy family is really looking forward to being part of King’s Church and getting to know everyone. Having previously lived in the area (15 years ago) they are looking forward to returning and being part of all that God is doing in the town.

The Akrasi family

Samuel Akrasi is my name. I am married to Clare and we have two sons, Jedidiah (two years old) and Zachariah (three months). We've lived in Ghana since our marriage in August 2011. I am an elder at the City of God Church in Accra, Ghana. City of God Church is led by John Kpikpi and a team of four elders. It is also part of Newfrontiers.

For many years I led worship in the City of God Church and also served on the kids workers team as well as the youth work. Currently I am involved mainly with teaching newly saved/potental church members lessons on the church's training track, preaching (John Kpikpi does most of the preaching however) and also effectively discipleship.

Clare and I also help teach marriage prep lessons. I also serve as Head of Secondary, New Nation School (NNS). NNS is a ministry of the City of God Church. Started in September 2004, NNS has grown to become one of the best schools running the British National Curriculum in Ghana. In 2014, NNS was adjudged the best IGCSE school in Ghana.

I am passionate about Jesus, the church and mission. I do love basketball and football and could eat a roast dinner every day!

Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams


14th April 2016

News from Santino & Emma [video]

Santino and Emma Hamberis have some exciting news to share. If you missed the family meeting last month, or simply want to hear a little bit of their story, watch the video below...

Natalie Williams

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19th February 2015

News from Paul

Here is a short video from Paul, with news of a staff appointment and an update on Steve Young and Santino Hamberis...

Natalie Williams

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31st August 2014

KCH leaders take the Ice Bucket Challenge!

When various members of the church nominated our three lead pastors for the Ice Bucket Challenge, they decided to do it in front of the church after this morning's meeting.
We made sure the water was extra cold for Paul, San and Steve, and there wasn't a shortage of volunteers to pour it over them!
If you missed it – or if you want to watch it again! – here it is:

Natalie Williams

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22nd January 2014

Interview with Steve & Lori Young [video]

During our recent Vision Sunday on 5 January, Paul announced that he and San are proposing Steve Young for eldership. We thought it'd be great to get to know a little bit more about Steve and his wife Lori, so we interviewed them on Sunday about their jobs, family, hopes for the church, and more. Watch the video here:

Natalie Williams

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10th January 2014

Exciting eldership news

On Sunday I shared the really exciting news that San and I are proposing Steve Young for eldership. Steve and his wife Lori have been in this church for many years and are known by many for their extraordinary gift of hospitality.
Steve & LoriOn top of that, Steve has been part of my core leadership team over the last few years, is chair of trustees for the church, and oversees our Community Groups. Together, he and Lori lead Friends International and are pastoral deacons. Lori also works for the church managing our finances.

These are exciting times for our church and increasing our leadership capacity is vital if we are to walk into all that God has in store for us. Steve will really strengthen our eldership team, bringing a great deal of wisdom and complementing San and me.

Please remember to let me have your feedback by the end of the month about the news about bringing Steve into eldership. And don't forget to put 7.30pm on Wednesday 26 February in your diary, as that's when – all being well – Dave Holden will join us and Steve will become an elder.

Paul Mann

Posted by Paul Mann


21st November 2012

Santino welcomed into eldership

We enjoyed a fantastic evening of celebration last night as around 350 members of the church family gathered to see Santino set aside for eldership. We were joined by David Holden who oversees New Ground (the group of churches we belong to), former Hastings elder Matt Beaney, Rich Tutt who leads the Newfrontiers church in Lewes, Graham Marsh who heads up King's Church Eastbourne and a number of other friends from other churches in Hastings and beyond.

Natalie Williams

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20th November 2010

Men's breakfast

Nearly 80 guys gathered for a real belly-buster breakfast last Saturday morning. Not only a full English, but toast, marmalade, jam plus the usual orange juice, tea and coffee. This wasn't just a good excuse for a great breakfast, although why not, we also had John Groves speaking about the responsibility of leadership. John, formerly the lead elder here, is now based at Winchester.

This was a great morning, which was only made possible by an outstanding team of ladies in the kitchen! Thank you!

Kevin Rose

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Kerrie North
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