Photo of Sarah McDonald Haden

Sarah McDonald Haden


Sarah is the Vicar of Cheltenham Network Church with Emmanuel Church, taking the lead since March 2020. Trained at St Mellitus College, she previously served as an associate Vicar at an HTB plant in North London, where she established a church community in a coffee shop. Sarah holds theology degrees from Nottingham University, St Mellitus College, and a doctorate from Asbury Seminary. Beyond her role at CNC, she enjoys teaching and speaking on Christian leadership, mission, and calling. Outside of church life she enjoys netball, gaming and most recently- watching thousands of episodes of bluey.

Photo of Robert Atkin

Robert Atkin


Robert Atkin is an Ordinand at Cheltenham Network Church. Rob is originally from Sheffield and is married to Becky, an Assistant Headteacher in a secondary school. They have a teenage daughter. After a career in IT for a financial services company, Rob took voluntary redundancy when his job was outsourced and became a stay-at-home dad, whilst pursuing his interest in writing speculative fiction. Rob started exploring a call to ordained ministry over twenty years ago, which led to pursuing a degree in Kingdom Theology. He started ordination training at Trinity College Bristol in September 2022. Following ordination, Rob is due to become Curate at Emmanuel Church as a self-supporting minister. For relaxation he enjoys board games, gardening and writing speculative fiction.

Photo of Clare Corley

Clare Corley

Operations Coordinator

Clare has been our operations coordinator since 2018 and she's kept all us in order ever since! Clare manages the operations of the church alongside dealing with bookings for our spaces. Clare is married to Keith and they have three adult children.

Photo of Abbie Marsh

Abbie Marsh

Youth Worker

Abbie joined our team as youth worker in April 2023. She comes with lots of experience in leading youth ministries in the south and south west of the UK. Abbie is married to Sean and they have one daughter. She works across the churches and communities of South Cheltenham support youth work in churches.
When not doing youth work Abbie enjoys country walks, boardgames and coffee!

Photo of Fiona Brown

Fiona Brown

Chair of Trustees

Fiona chairs the Cheltenham Network Church Trustees board ensuring the safe and good governance of the church.

Neil Morgan

Emmanuel Churchwarden

Neil is one of two of the churchwardens of Emmanuel serving in leadership alongside Sarah. He works in particular looking at our ongoing church partnership and work within the South Cheltenham Team.

Tim Callaghan

Emmanuel Churchwarden

Tim is one of two of the churchwardens of Emmanuel serving in leadership alongside Sarah. He works in particular overseeing our Emmanuel building and work with the local community.

Photo of Sarah Kelly

Sarah Kelly

Reader in Training

Sarah Kelly is our lay reader in training. She is involved with leading services, preaching and supporting our toddler group. As well as her role in Church Sarah is a professional musician (see the Jigantics) and ukulele teacher. She is married to Nick and outside of music and church enjoys cycling and exploring the Gloucestershire area.


Colin Brown


Lindsey Power


Sarah Robinson


Alison Tickle

Trustee and Safeguarding (Young People)

Becky Atkin


Kids and Youth

Sarah Robinson

Kids Lead

Pastoral Care

Bev Hughes
Bev Hughes

Pastoral Care Team

Sue Brown
Sue Brown

Safeguarding (Vulnerable Adults) and Pastoral Care Team

Roger Horsley
Roger Horsley

Pastoral Care Team