Christ Church Hemel

Who's who

Sam Buckley


Before coming to Hemel, Sam taught PE in Gateshead for a number of years and has developed the ability to stand happily in freezing cold rain and high winds.  This in no way equipped him for his three years at Oak Hill Theological College which he finished in 2014.  He is married to Melissa and they have three young children.  Sam is the pastor of Christ Church Hemel. 

Phil Burley


Phil is now retired, he has been married to Jill for 44 years and they have been members of Spicer Street church, St Albans, for most of that time. They have three children and seven grandchildren.  He and Jill moved to Hemel five years ago and they were pleased to become part of Christ Church when it started. He was made an elder in 2017.

Dave Couch


Originally from the sunny seaside town of Ramsgate in Kent, Dave joined the staff at Christ Church in September 2018. Before this he was working as a software engineer for a large media company.

Dave is currently training at Cornhill part-time whilst working for the church. He is married to Izzie, and they have a young daughter.