Simon Fry leads the team. He, his wife Anna and their four children joined ChristChurch from Kings Community Church Southampton in 2015. Si is passionate about stirring the local church to play its part in fulfilling the great commission both locally and the ends of the earth. In 2008, Si set up a charity that works to train and support indigenous leaders throughout East Africa to share the gospel.
Chris Joyes is a born and bred Hailsham-ite and was prayed into Eldership in September 2018. He works for the church part-time as our Worship Pastor, as well as part-time as a carpenter. Chris is married to Jenni and they have two daughters and twin boys.
Tom Simmons has been part of the church since 2006, and was prayed into Eldership in September 2020.
Tom is married to Sara with three children and works full time as a Chartered Forester.
Rob Williams joined the team in 2020. He oversees prayer across the church, while working full-time as a teacher in a local primary school. Rob and his wife Georgie both grew up in East Sussex but spent many years in West London, as members of Crown Church, Hillingdon. They and their two children returned to Sussex and joined ChristChurch in 2015.
The Elders are supported by a wider group of leaders within the church who are responsible for key areas of church life.
We also have a great pastoral team who assist the Elders and Life Group Leaders with pastoral support of the church. They are available on a Sunday to pray with people, as well as offering ongoing pastoral support. The pastoral team are Tom & Sara Simmons, Jenni Joyes, Andi Coe, Anna Fry, Andy & Brenda Joyes, Margaret Tye, Nigel and Pam Unwin, Sandra Coltman, Eloise Reah & Rosie Gersbach-Wood.
Eloise Reah has been working as our Children’s Worker since 2016. She is married to Phil and they have two children. She loves reading, cooking and walks that lead to great cafes!
Owen is our Media and Communications Worker at ChristChurch. He is responsible for the creation and running of our Podcast series and manages the content creation of our digital and physical media. He is married to Catherine and his two passions (after Jesus!) are Rugby and Films.
Jenni Joyes is the Church Administrator and is married to Chris. They have four young children and she has been part of ChristChurch for the last 17 years. Jenni is passionate about the local church and about cooking!
Emmy Bourne is our Youth Worker at ChristChurch! She has been a member of the church for 6 years and has a passion for seeing young people grow in their walks of faith in the church, amongst their peer groups and in the wider community. In her spare time, Emmy enjoys long country walks, pub lunches, swimming, horse riding and anything outdoorsy!
Rod Tice is the Church Finance Officer. He has 4 grown up children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Although once a keen sportsman he now enjoys a more leisurely way of life, and, when not keeping the church’s books in order, enjoys being retired, watching quiz programmes, and reading.
Catherine is the newest edition to our team. She is the Community Money Advice Administrator for ChristChurch and is passionate about supporting people in finding freedom from debt. She also enjoys playing with the worship band and working with our young people. Outside of church she likes board game nights and trying new food!
The Legal and Financial aspects of Church life come under the auspices of the Trustees. The Church is a Charitable Company limited by guarantee (Hailsham Frontiers Charitable Trust Charity Number 1118740 & Company Number 6033909). The Trustees are (from left to right), John Caladine, Nairne Joyes, Phil Reah (Chair), Sandra Coltman and Steve Mewett.