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 children.

Dave Couch

Assistant Pastor

Originally from the sunny seaside town of Ramsgate in Kent, Dave joined the staff at Christ Church Hemel in September 2018. 

Before starting theological training, he was working as a software engineer for a large media company.

He is married to Izzie, and they have two young daughters.

Phil Burley


Phil is now retired, he is married to Jill and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

He and Jill moved to Hemel in 2013 and they were pleased to become part of Christ Church when it started. He was made an elder in 2017.

Robert Matheson


Robert retired in 2019 having worked as a software engineer in the test & measurement industry. He now spends some of his time doing voluntary work and enjoys a round of golf when he can.

He is married to Caroline and they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.