In many ways it’s been a season of change for New Community Network. Our Eastleigh congregation has become an independent church, New Community Network is now operating with two distinct divisions (New Community Church and New Community Ventures) and Hope Community School has moved into Central Hall, with New Community Ventures contracted to supply catering, caretaking and cleaning for the school.
All these changes mean we’ve been busy recruiting for a number of roles over the last few months. We’d love to introduce you to the people we’ve successfully employed, and tell you a little bit about them. Please join us in welcoming them all, and helping them to feel part of the New Community team!
For New Community Church:
Sintia Kouangne – Finance Assistant:
Sintia joins our finance team as our new Finance Assistant, and will be helping to support our bookkeeping responsibilities. This will be Sintia’s first accounts position after studying finance at university, and we’re sure her knowledge will be a great asset to us. Sintia speaks fluent French, and currently lives in Portsmouth, where she is part of a church there.
Annabel Wright – Chaplain for Hope Community School:
As Chaplain for Hope Community School, Annabel will be responsible for providing spiritual guidance and pastoral support to the school’s children and their families, and to the school’s staff. We’re looking forward to developing our relationship with the whole school community, as its partner church, so we’re excited to have our new chaplain on board! Annabel is married to Steve, Hope Community School’s Principal; together they have four sons, and the family are part of our 10am service community.
Rachel Heslop – Student Leader:
Most of you will already know Rachel, who was previously employed as our student worker. We’re pleased to announce that Rachel has re-joined our team, this time in a slightly different role, as Student Leader. Rachel will be responsible for overseeing all areas of student work and the student team, and will particularly specialise in community life for students, organising connect groups, mentoring and social events. It’s great to have Rachel back in the team!
Ryan Galpin – Student Worker:
Another familiar face at New Community, Ryan has just joined our student team as Student Worker, where he will have particular responsibility for discipleship coordination, and administration. With the increasing number of students attending our church, and especially our new evening service, it’s great to have Ryan supporting Rachel in helping disciple, care for, and reach out to the student community.
For New Community Ventures:
Rob Steel - Acting Head of Department for Events
With many years' experience running commercial enterprises, Rob Steel joins us as Acting Head of Department for our Events division. He'll be responsible for overseeing and growing the business of this busy division, as well as managing the division's staff team. Rob is married with two children and one grandchild, and is part of King’s Community Church, Hedge End.
Marcie Sadatian – Office Coordinator:
Marcie joins our team as Office Coordinator, and will have responsibility for day-to-day administration of the events and buildings teams, as well as being the first point of call for internal and external customers. Marcie was previously an office executive for Age Concern Hampshire and her organisational skills are already benefitting us at Central Hall! She’s originally from Dorset, and now lives locally with her boyfriend and his family.
Staf Trelford – Estates and Facilities Manager:
As our new Estates and Facilities Manager, Staf is responsible for maintenance and security of our buildings, and will also manage our new team of cleaners and caretakers. An accomplished carpenter by trade, Staf brings a wealth of experience and skills to the role. He lives in the New Forest with his partner (a great cake-baker!) and four children.
Rebecca Wainman - Caterer:
With a strong culinary background, Rebecca joins us as our Caterer, primarily employed to provide tasty and nutritious home-cooked meals for Hope Community School. Rebecca is originally from Australia and now lives locally with her husband and three boys. Her delicious baked puddings are already being talked about at Central Hall!
Adam Cox – Afternoon Caretaker:
Adam initially joined us as part of our cleaning team, and has already been promoted to Afternoon Caretaker, with responsibility for locking up Central Hall and Hope Community School at the end of the day, as well as carrying out upkeep of the building to ensure it is maintained to an excellent standard. Adam is currently in his third year of a graphic design degree at Solent University, and is working hard to fund his way through his studies.
Anne-Marie Gumbrill – Cleaner for Hope Community School:
Anne-Marie has joined our team as the cleaner for Hope Community School, ensuring that the newly developed classrooms and school facilities remain clean, tidy, and a great environment for children to learn in. She brings with her several years’ cleaning experience, and lives within a short walk of Central Hall with her three children, including one child who is now part of Hope Community School’s first reception class.