Our Leadership Team
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.
Elder and Assistant Minister
Dave is from the Wirral, which makes him almost a Scouser, but you'd never guess. After studying English in York, working for a church in London and a brief foray into the civil service, he moved to Kent as an intern at Emmanuel Church. After a couple of years working for the church Dave went to Oak Hill College to study for a degree in Theology, which he completed in 2015. He has recently married Meriel and together they have returned to the church, where Dave serves as the Assistant Minister. In his spare time Dave likes to read - anything will do, but books are his preference.
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 Biomedical Scientist and spent most of his career in pharmaceutical development in Harrogate, Welwyn Garden City, Sandwich and Canterbury. He now lives in Whitstable and volunteers with Pilgrims Hospices, supports 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!