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. 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.
Assistant Curate Fr Neil Shaw
Fr Neil was ordained in June 2016 at Chichester Cathedral and serves as curate to the parish. He trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. Prior to coming to St John’s he lived in Hove, commuting to London each day to work as a Data Manager for a school. He enjoys running and keeping fit, good food, travelling, reading and socialising. He is a trustee for a mission organisation called Timios, which supports people looking to embark on practical overseas mission.
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 and Licensed Lay Minister Tony Collins
Tony Collins has spent his working life publishing Christian books. In 2013 he hiked the pilgrim trail (the Camino) from the French border to Santiago (about the same distance as from Hastings to Edinburgh). His interests include woodwork, writing, gardening, fishing and exceptionally bad golf. He is married to Pen, and between them they have seven daughters and four grandchildren.
He is a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England, and preaches regularly in the Hastings area; he also runs the Big Boys’ Breakfast.
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.)