Three elders work as a team to provide the spiritual oversight and direction of the church.

Jono Hayward

Jono and VeroJono moved to Crowborough in 2013 to take on the role of full time elder. He has previously worked as a lead elder in Cockermouth for 13 years, and as an elder in Marguerittes, in the South of France for 3 years. He  leads one of three worship bands, oversees the preaching team and helps train leaders. He is married to Veronique, his French wife and has two daughters. He is a keen musician, enjoys playing in bands, reading and attempting to keep fit.

Jerry Townhill

Jerry was one of the pioneers of Community Church and led the team until 2013. Before that Jerry J and Jwas one of the elders at King’s Church Uckfield working alongside the, now late, Simon Petit. He is passionate about preaching, and leads one of the set up teams. He is married to Joy, and they have three grown up children.

Bryan Rourke

Bryan is married to Cathy, and has been involved in supporting Newfrontiers churches in Orpington, Brian and cathy newSevenoaks and Northumberland. He had oversight for the Oasis building development work, and along with Cathy leads a house group. Until recently he ran his own business in the building trade. He has 3 grown up children.


Alan Penny – Chair of trustees
John Lovell – Human resources
Judy Goode - Child protection
Mark Ridley - Treasurer
Anneka Ridley-Smith

Mark, Treasurer

Worship oversight

Sue Small
Paul Brooker

Set up team supervisors

Tony Foster
Tim Ransom
Jerry Townhill