Rector Fr David Hill
Fr. David Hill was formerly Rector of six rural parishes in his home county of Norfolk where he was also chaplain of the children’s hospice and chaplain of 6 Regiment Army Air Corps, serving in the Army Reserve.
Aside from his ministry Father David enjoys cricket and rugby. In Norfolk he was captain of the Diocesan Clergy Cricket Team. He is a keen, if slightly over-loud singer and enjoys cooking and entertaining, walking and acting.
Father David is married, with two young sons, and they all very much enjoy life by the sea.
Fr David is the best person to contact for enquiries about baptism (christenings), weddings and funerals. He is also the person to go to in pastoral emergencies.
Associate Minister Rev’d Jill Hartman
Jill is an assistant minister at St Johns. She has a particular interest in varied traditions of prayer, the healing ministry and the ways in which art can be spiritually enriching.
As well as her ministry at St Johns she teaches art and paints.
Jill is married with 3 grown up daughters and 4 grandchildren.
She has lived in Hastings for over 30 years and loves walking in the countryside, reading and visiting galleries.
Deacon Rev’d Michael Turnbull
Also a member of the Chaplaincy Team at our local Conquest Hospital, Michael joined the licensed St Johns team in 2017.
Deacon Michael- a life so far- in his own words:
Born and brought up in north Leeds, at the age of 19, in 1975, joined West Yorkshire Police. Involved with Yorkshire ripper case. In 1979, was given special leave to take part in Operation Drake, a 2yr round the world expedition, I spent 4 months in Papua New Guinea.
Between 1982-84 career break, looking for direction in my life, sailed around the South Pacific, visiting Papua New Guinea, Solomon Isles, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
In 1984 re-joined the Police, relocating to Sussex and started work at Hastings Police station. In 1985 bought a house in Bexhill and joined the Bexhill Amateur Theatrical Society. Met Josephine and married in 1988. Two children, Hannah and Jeremy. Hannah went to University of East Anglia, Norwich, then remained and got married there; works in H.R. Jeremy spent 10 years at Glyndebourne, now works at the National Theatre as a lighting technician. As a family went to St Barnabas Church, Bexhill for many years. In 2000 moved to All Saints Sidley, where I had several roles including Church warden, ordinand then curate. Volunteered as a Sunday lay chaplain at Conquest from 1996-2006.
Retired from Police in Jan. 2008, then in October began working as a special needs teaching assistant at St Mary’s Special school in Bexhill. Trained for ministry at S.E.I.T.E. in Southwark (same college as Revd Jill) from 2009-2012. Ordained Deacon in June 2012 and completed my BA degree aged 59½ in 2015. I feel totally affirmed as a Permanent Deacon.
Began worshipping at St John’s in Sept. 2016. Chaplain at Conquest, sometimes Eastbourne, 3-4 days per week and am Chaplain to the local branch of NARPO-retired Police association. Relax by swimming in the sea and lakes, hill walking and bricklaying in the garden.
Churchwarden Katy Harper
Katy has worked with children all her life, from being a Nursery Nurse and Nanny to running a children’s home and eventually qualifying as a primary school teacher.
Her hobbies include cake making and decorating, in fact cooking generally! She is a member of the church Crafty Club and enjoys sewing, knitting and other crafts.
She has three children; two boys and a girl and two grandchildren, who all live locally.
Katy organises the Coffee and Welcoming rota and is a member of the Hall Committee as well as other odd ‘wardenly’ duties!
Churchwarden Mike Cooper
Thank you for welcoming me as a new churchwarden here at St Johns. I will do my best to help in the smooth running of the church. I am so aware of how much hard work everyone does behind the scenes to make St Johns Church the caring and loving fellowship that it is. As well as having an excellent clergy team we have a congregation who are supporting, praying, caring, serving and reaching out into our local community and beyond. I hope that together we will continue to listen to the heartbeat of God and go where he leads us.
Pastoral Assistant Carol Frost
Carol engages with many aspects of church life as part of the Ministry team at St Johns. The book group is one such aspect, and she is also a helpful person to contact about home groups. She regards her involvement with the Seaview project once a week as equally important. (Seaview is an organisation working with vulnerable homeless and poorly housed people in Hastings.)