Richard Brown

Richard Brown


Richard became a Christian at secondary school. He was seriously worried about career choices and where life would lead when he was given a Gideon New Testament which he read each night. Reading the Bible helped him greatly to make sense of life and it continues to do so decades later. Then through a speaker at the Christian Union at sixth form, he realized that God died for him personally and he gave his life to Christ. Soon after that Richard moved from Sussex to attend Kingston Polytechnic, as it was then.

Richard met his wife Hazel at Hook church and they have 4 (largely) grown up children. He is an electronics design engineer and enjoys challenges and solving technical problems. Richard also likes the outdoors - mountains, sea, countryside - and enjoys walking and occasional sailing.

Richard enjoys meeting new people and has had the privilege of traveling to more than 45 different counties in various parts of the world, experiencing many different cultures. He heads up the church's Global Vision Team looking to share the Good News of Christ to those who have not yet heard the message of life which saved him and changed his life for eternity.

Bob Stoneham

Bob Stoneham

I became a Christian in the early 1990’s through the friendship of a Christian couple, who Barbara and myself met when we were applying to start fostering.  Barbara and I married in 1983 and have 2 grown-up sons Joe and Carl.

I initially worked in engineering and after studying, started working in social work until I retired 2 years ago.

As a Deacon I am mainly responsible for the non-electrical maintenance in the church building. I have an interest in mechanical engineering history, especially railway engineering, as well as family history, reading and folk music.

Barbara and myself have a concern for Christians around the world who are persecuted because of their faith and work in ways we can support them. 

I have a great interest in evangelism and help with Open Air Mission on a regular basis.

Steve Wigginton

Steve Wigginton

I moved to Kingston on Thames in 1976 after living in a number of locations in the UK with my work as a metallurgist and senior civil servant for the MOD. I was converted in 1980 at the age of 35 from a background where God was not considered important or needed. I have been retired for 10 years and I am married to Jenny who is also a Christian. We have two children and three grandchildren.

My whole life’s desire is to serve my Lord and to pray and share my faith with as many people as possible. I am actively involved in several areas of church life which occupies most of my time except when I am enjoying time with my wife and grandchildren.

Kevin Brett

Kevin Brett

kevin brett - elder - pastoral care

Kevin became a Christian at the age of 19 whilst studying at Kingston Polytechnic, when friends boldly shared their Christian faith with him.  Kevin came to know the Lord through that friendship, and now serves with those same friends in the Hook Church family as elder responsible for Pastoral Care.  Kevin is passionate about people and caring for souls.  You’ll find him serving every Friday night amongst our young people as a leader in the Discovery youth group, as well as running some support groups for those suffering with mental illness in any measure, and bereavement support.

During the week Kevin runs a tourism marketing business with his wife Helen, but travels far too much for his liking.  They have two sons, Dan and Tom, as well as the blessing of a daughter-in-law, Louise.  Kevin enjoys watching football, supporting AFC Wimbledon locally, and of course travelling (for pleasure).

Stuart Whayman

Stuart Whayman

Stuart Whayman - Elder - worship, teaching and training

Stuart has been a Christian since his teenage years in Suffolk when he was impacted by the arguments for the truth of the Good News of Jesus, combined with the example of the faith of older Christians.  He is passionate that the Bible is as relevant as ever in the stresses and strains of the 21st Century.  He would love that more people would stop and consider it with an open mind.  He also enjoys music and plays clarinet in the music group on a Sunday.

During the week he works in international business spending far too much time in airports.  He has a wife, also a Suffolk exile, two teenage daughters and a dog.  He enjoys watching cricket, football and the NFL.  The teams he support continue to teach him humility, patience and finding pleasure in little things.  His other interests are eclectic, including Italy, running, old maps, popular science, cultural trends and board games.

dave batten

dave batten

dave batten - deacon

Dave has been coming to Hook Church since he became a Christian in 1983 (at the tender age of 21 - so you can work out how old he is now!) at a Luis Palau mission to Students. He is married to Jenny, whom he met at Hook, and they have two grown-up 'children' (they'll not like being called that even though it's true), Leona and Simon. No cats. Or dogs. Or any other animals, come to that! In full-time employment as a Quality Assurance Engineer, Dave spends a lot of his non-working hours in the Scout movement as a Scout Leader and Explorer Scout Leader, and enjoys mountaineering (hill walking, climbing, and remote camping), skiing, racquet sports, football (which he still plays), rugby (which he doesn't), reading, cryptic crosswords and watching films.

Oh - he is also the Deacon mainly responsible for electrics at the Church, which includes ascending ladders to precipitous heights to replace blown spotlight bulbs! So, if you find an electrical problem...tell Alan (or Bob).

Loving the Lord, Dave has a real desire to bring others to Him as well, and sees the work on the fabric of the church as a means to that end.

 

Areas of responsibility as a Deacon:

Kitchen

Toilets

Downstairs classroom

Lobby area

Conservatory

 

Paul Pease

Paul Pease

Paul Pease - Senior Pastor

Tim Neale

Tim Neale

Tim Neale - Families & Youth Pastor