Leadership Team

There are lots of people involved in leadership at Welcome Church, far too many to list them all!

The ultimate responsibility to set the vision, and to lead and care for the church is carried by our Eldership team, who are:


Steve Petch

Steve is the Lead Pastor at Welcome Church, and is also part of the UK Leadership Team for the Commission network of churches.

Before starting at Welcome church Steve has been involved in church planting and has started four congregations, as well as giving input and oversight to many more.

You can read’s Steve’s Welcome Church blog by clicking here.

Steve is married to Jo, who is a Headteacher in a school for children with Special Educational Needs. Jo also helps to lead the worship at Welcome Church. Together they have 3 grown up children.


Christopher Hawes

Christopher is married to Sarah and they have three children. Christopher works in a school as a drama teacher and Sarah works in acting, as well as serving the church in leadership in children’s work.

Christopher has a strong Bible teaching gift and is hugely creative. He is also one of our Sunday morning worship leaders.


Dean Guy

Dean is married to Ros and they have been part of the church since 1999. Dean joined the leadership team in 2012.

In his pastoral role, amongst many other things, Dean oversees the welcome of people and their pathway into the church, so if you want to find out more about what it means to belong, Dean would love to chat with you.

Before working for the church Dean enjoyed a career in architecture and construction. He loves sport, particularly football and fishing, and has a go at painting. Together, Dean and Ros are foster carers, and Ros also gives her time to training guide dog puppies. They have 3 grown up sons.


Dub Everitt

Dub is our Outreach Pastor, helping people connect with and find their place within Welcome Church. He oversees Alpha & Alpha+ – 2 brilliant courses involving great food, even better conversations and talks about faith that make you think. Dub also oversees the great events we run, and is involved in our social action and care for the poor.

Dub was the Sales Director of Benross Golf before joining Welcome Church in January 2015. He loves football – Dub is an ex-professional who is passionate about his team Fulham!

He is married to Tanya, who is a part-time primary school teacher and a full-time Mum. She also uses her creative juices overseeing all the craft for Welcome Kids! They’ve got three awesome kids, two cats and a lodger in their noisy and fun home.


Eugene Engelbrecht

Eugene is married to Jody and they have four children. Together Eugene and Jody run a business called Engel construction.

Eugene has a strong pastoral gift and loves to see people discipled, set free, full of the Spirit and thriving in God. Eugene and Jody have a pssion for prayer and also lead a Life Group.


Mike Reid

Mike is married to Lou and they have three children. Mike works in London in underwriting and Lou regularly gives time as a volunteer, serving in our church offices and helping with pastoral care.

Mike has a strong prophetic gift and a clear pastoral heart too. Mike is also one of our church trustees.


Staff Members


Our Eldership team is supported by staff members who are based in our office during the week, plus a range of volunteers who are often in the office helping.


Darren Forsdyke

Darren is the Director of Operations for Welcome Church, a role he started in Jan 2018. He is responsible for making sure everything we do runs smoothly. Before joining Welcome Church, Darren worked in operations in two other large churches. He has also worked in manufacturing industry and in school business management.

He is married to Lois and together they run our Freedom in Christ course. They have two grown up daughters.

Rhea John

Rhea John

Rhea is our Executive Assistant or Intern, and will generally be the first person you speak to if you phone or email the office – she will probably be able to help you with most things! She assists Darren with all aspects of the church’s operations and is also studying on the Commission Foundations course.

Before working for Welcome Church, Rhea studied Geography at Royal Holloway University. She loves travelling, dressmaking and enjoying a glass (or 2) of red wine whilst watching crime dramas! Rhea also loves serving alongside our Welcome Kids team and is part of the core leadership team for our Sunday kids groups.


Peter Leach

Peter joined the staff at Welcome Church in 2010. Peter works as part of the administration team in support of Darren. Peter is a keen England rugby supporter, so you might find it hard to contact during the Autumn series or the Six Nations matches in Spring.

He is married to Sha with four wonderful children and he is now enjoying seeing his grand-children grow and develop!


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