Meet the team
David Banting has been the vicar of St Peter's since 1998. He is married to Catherine, and they have three grown-up children. David came to trust and follow the Lord Jesus as a student, and Christ's offer of life to the full means as much to him today as it did 40 years ago. Enjoying and sharing the good news of Jesus from the Bible remain the heartbeat of his ministry. He loves the St Peter's family, and is unashamedly a huge fan of this church. He plays league hockey and squash, and enjoys gardening, bonfires and musicals, though not necessarily in that order.
Rob Hudson is the Associate Minister. He learned about Jesus as a child, and grew to love him as a student. Rob is a country boy at heart, having been raised in rural Berkshire and until recently lived in leafy Devon, and he normally gets lost on the Tube. His favourite sports are football and table tennis (it is a sport, honest). He is husband to Hepsie and father to Mireya.
James Croucher is the Curate. He was born in Leicester, but moved to Wiltshire when he was young and grew up attending the village Baptist Church. It was not until university, however, that his faith began to make much practical difference to his life. There he studied Chemistry, specialising in the history of adhesives. Before formally beginning the path towards ordination, James spent a year living in Jordan, soaking in the culture and learning about Islam. He is married to Becky and they have three young boys. James loves the bustle of home, but also the tranquillity of the local golf course.
Olly is the Associate Minister for Youth and Families. From the North West originally, he has been living in Fulham for the past few years, working for a church there. When he’s not playing games, humming kids songs, or thinking up new ways to teach the Bible to the youth and children at St. Peter’s, he loves getting out into the countryside (or to the coast), trying his hand at his latest gourmet feast in the kitchen, or flopping down on the sofa to watch a TV box-set.
Fi Bennett is the Youth Work Assistant at St Peter's. She hails from the Brecon Beacons - not that you'd know she grew up in Wales from speaking to her! She came to know Jesus through her local church and summer camps in West Wales. Having brought her east to live in Harold Wood in 2006, the Lord has continued to give her a love and passion for sharing the good news of Jesus with children and families. She has enjoyed the challenges and delights of the Cornhill Training Course, and now works full time for St. Peter's. When enjoying some time off, you will find Fi taking herself off to the cinema or the West End.
Rebecca is a 9:38 Apprentice at St. Peter’s. She grew up by the seaside town of Southend which has given her a love of fresh air, long walks and fish n’ chips. As a youngster, she joined a local choir and started having piano lessons, and music continues to be a great hobby of hers today. As a student, she attended a course which explored the major questions surrounding Christianity. She was blown away when she found out why Jesus was crucified, and that we are saved by the grace of God. It was shortly after this that she became a Christian. Since then, she’s had a growing desire to serve Christ as part of his church.
Tom is a 9:38 Apprentice at St. Peter’s. He has just graduated with a Maths degree, enjoys working with computers, and has what some would call an unhealthy appreciation for tea (prelactarian, of course!), bread baking, and board games. He was born in Southgate, North London, before moving between Harold Wood, East Sussex, and, most recently, Barton Seagrave, Northamptonshire. He loves growing in his faith and understanding of the Bible, and wants to get better at sharing it with others.
Emily Agnew is our Church Centre Manager. She worked as a theatre director for several years, running an independent production company, before (to her surprise!) taking on her current role at St. Peter's. She became a Christian at university and is still amazed that Jesus would save someone like her. Emily still loves going to the theatre any time she can. She also enjoys watching films and reading, mostly historical fiction. There is always a pile of books on her floor waiting to be read and a pile of DVDs on her shelves waiting to be watched.
Lynn Marston is our Church Administrator. She is married to Patrick and they have lived in Harold Wood since 1979, where they settled down to begin a family after moving from London. The big surpise for them and their (then) non-Christian families was that within two years they had been soundly converted to the Christian faith, following a rather timid request for their first daughter to be baptised. They have been attending St. Peter's ever since and now have three adult children and three grandchildren. They love travelling in their camper van, and their favourite destination is France - not for the food or wine but for the amazing scenery and quiet roads!