Minister, Chair of Trustees
Rev Peter Butchers has been the minister at The Hub since 2010. Before that, he and his wife, Vicki, served as church planters in Guayaquil Ecuador with BMS World Mission. Peter trained at Spurgeon’s College, graduating in 1997, and graduated in 2023 with an MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture at Sarum College, Salisbury. He is interested in the intersection of church with community and theology with culture, and Sunday congregations frequently engage with art, music, film and pop-culture as part of worship together. In the community, Peter is involved with Steyning Downland Scheme, serving as a trustee. He is married to Vicki and they have four grown up children, one grandson and Ralph the dog. Peter is a self-declared coffee snob, fascinated by technoculture, devoted to his trusty camper, Tig, and an avid follower of Brighton and Hove Albion.
Church Leaders / Trustees
Maeve worked for the South Eastern Baptist Association (SEBA) as part of their regional ministry team. She is still doing safeguarding training for SEBA alongside some Spiritual Direction. She enjoys time with her 4 children and 6 grandchildren, her campervan, theatre, reading, walking and finding out-of-the-way café’s for a good cuppa while reading a book.
Husband, dad and grandad. Cofounder of software business Donorfy. ParkRunner, Seagulls fan, gig-goer, amateur cook, podcast consumer.
The Hub's data person. On a faith journey, seeking authenticity and inclusion.
Rachel works for the Turning Tides homelessness charity. Her previous career was in the environmental sector, including as a national specialist in renewable energy and sustainable development in the government. She has a PhD in theology and sustainable development, which she hopes to use with her connection to St Columba’s Barn. Rachel is a trained C of E Reader and served in the Chester Diocese.
Liz is married to Mark. They have been coming to The Hub since 2017.
They have 4 grown up children, all with families of their own.
Before settling back into West Sussex in 1995 they worked for a few years in Niger, West Africa with SIM International.
Liz's work and interests are in supporting and developing local community projects.
Liz is one of the newest members of the Leadership Team.
Mike is married to Alison and they have two grown-up sons.
A software engineer by trade, for relaxation he enjoys walking, birdwatching, live music and supporting Sheffield United.
Mike is also a trustee of Steyning Area First Responders.
Andy is a retired chartered civil engineer. He has been an active member of the church since he came to live in Steyning with his wife Angela and young family in 1980. In 2010 he and his wife, Angela worked in Tanzania with Emmanuel International for six years. He continues to support EI's work on the Board and makes regular working visits back to Tanzania. Among other interests, he works as a volunteer at East Clayton Farm. Andy and Angela have two grown-up sons, both married with families, and they enjoy visiting them as often as possible.
Mark has been part of our church since 2017. He is married to Zara, and they have 2 grown up children. He previously worked within Financial Services and has worked within the training sector for the past 15 years.
He enjoys most sports, especially cycling and gets enjoyment from local countryside walks with his two dogs.
Children & Family Worker
Vicki and Peter and have four grown up children and one grandson. She is committed to supporting and nurturing families through the joys and challenges family life and has done for many years in different church and community contexts including poor communities of Ecuador. Vicki leads our Positive Parenting programme, Hub Church children's activities and monthly Messy Church team. She has a particular interest in spiritual formation, and encouraging all those, whatever their background, on their faith journey. In her spare time Vicki enjoys spending time with her own family, sharing hospitality, knitting, trips out in their Campervan and exploring the beautiful downs and coastline of West Sussex.
Café Manager & Community Worker
Diana is originally from Mexico but was adopted by the UK nearly 20 years ago! Diana has 3 grown up children and often dog sits for her daughter. With a retail background Diana is a perfect fit for overseeing the Cafe at the Hub. She loves spending time with others, and is passionate to connect with others. She enjoys Pilates classes and her walking up Chanctonbury Ring.
Laura is married to Elliott and they have 3 young children. Their family has been attending the Hub since 2015. Laura has worked alongside families with young children for 20 years with experience in pre school, day care nurseries and private nannying . She is passionate about helping the community and promoting inclusion. In her spare time she enjoys crochet, baking, puzzles and walks at Leonardslee gardens.
Heather is married to Merv and they have two grown up children who both have families of their own. She had a 30-year career as a registered nurse with various other jobs along the way – childminder, family outreach worker, administrator. She enjoys spending time with the family, reading, walking and cooking.