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.

David Gould


Dave is a local GP and is married to Suzy; they have three young children. They have been at Emmanuel since they moved to Canterbury in 2012. They love Canterbury, especially Wincheap where they live. Dave became a Christian as a teenager growing up in nearby Ashford. The thing that blew his mind and still does was John 14:6, understanding that we don't get to know God through a philosophy, rules, religion or a way of life, but through knowing Jesus Christ himself.  He said he was the way, the truth and the life that we all need.  Dave loves reading, running, muddy walks with the family and test match special.

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

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.

Sarah Toms


Our intern Sarah has recently graduated with a degree in Music from Canterbury Christchurch University and attended Emmanuel during her time there. She grew up in Hemel Hempstead with her parents and older brother and sister. She has decided to be an intern this year to grow in faith and invest in the church and its different ministries.  She first believed in Jesus when she was 13 but gave her life to Jesus at a camp when she was 15 and was baptised a year later. She started coming to Emmanuel in her first year of university and has been involved in both the church and her Christian Union. She really enjoys singing, playing piano and a good movie.

Tom Powell


Our intern Tom graduated from the University of Kent in the summer where he studied Philosophy. Since his first year, Tom has attended Emmanuel Church and has loved being involved in a Bible centred church which really pushes everyone getting involved. He is originally from Poole where he grew up with his parents and 3 other siblings. He became a Christian when he was 14 after being at a youth weekend away and was baptised when he was 16. He decided to do the Internship from a desire to grow a deeper knowledge in scripture and to be able to contribute to the church that has invested in him for the last three years. He has a passion for sports and likes reading books and has recently started a record collection, so if you have any music suggestions let me know.