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Paul Oliver – Pastor

Naomi and I came with our five children to Netley Christian Fellowship in the Autumn of 2010. Previously we had been in a Church in Wiltshire for 15 years.

Coming to Netley has been such a blessing in our lives as we found ourselves amongst people who were not prepared to settle for just doing their duty, putting on a brave face and pretending to be 'fine'. We found the church was a family who were struggling at times as much as we were, but who just kept bringing us back to the gospel and pressing the grace of Jesus into our lives.

I'm sure God brought us to Netley for our benefit rather than theirs, but I hope what we can now share with others is of benefit too.


Mike Riddle – Elder

Mike studied Engineering and then Accountancy ending up in senior accounting roles in industry. Since retiring he has been involved with Daylight Christian Prison Trust and has taught money management courses in prison.

He is amazed at the practical wisdom of Christ and the Bible in every area of life. As broken people in a broken world the restorative grace of God brings healing, fulfilment, purpose and hope.

Mike has been a member at NCF since its foundation in 1993.

He recently celebrated 40 years of marriage to Gill. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.


John Singleton – Elder

Born in Ghana to missionary parents, John grew up in Scotland where he developed a love for mathematics. After training in Edinburgh, he moved south and has taught this subject at secondary school level for over 30 years.

He is married to Janice and they have three daughters. John knew a great deal about Jesus Christ from childhood and by his teenage years he had experienced salvation through faith in the saving work of Jesus.

John has been an elder at NCF since March 2005 with particular responsibilities for missionary contacts and children's work.


Trevor Steward – Elder

Originally from the West Midlands Trevor studied for a degree in Primary Education and is currently a deputy headteacher at a local infant school. He moved to Southampton in 2005 before marrying his wife, Rhoda in 2006. They have three young daughters.

As an elder Trevor is responsible for fellowship and Community Groups.


Ian Lawson – Deacon

Born and brought up in London, Ian moved to Hampshire many years ago. He has a Masters in Environmental Change and has been working for Hampshire Education for longer than he cares to admit, but will be retiring shortly.

He has been married to Ferna for 12 years – between them they have four children and nine grandchildren. They are keen travellers and like to keep in touch with contacts around the world.

Ian currently serves as Church Treasurer and Deacon.


Chris May – Deacon

Chris has been part of Netley Christian Fellowship since its beginning, and has been a deacon now for a number of years. He is currently retired but has spent most of his working life in education. He lives locally with his wife Gill. They have two grown up children and are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

Chris is the church secretary.


Vincent Oliver – Deacon

Vincent has been part of Netley Christian fellowship since its inception and has lived in Southampton since 1972. He is married and has two children who both live away from home. He originated from the Midlands and following university pursued a career in social services with Hampshire County Council for 40 years and retired just over 4 years ago.

Vincent is responsible for care within the church and child protection


Dan Owens – Deacon

Dan was born and brought up in Cardiff and became a Christian as a teenager. In 2006 he moved to Southampton to study and has never left! Whilst at university he met and married his wife Emma.

Dan is the deacon responsible for Community Groups, families, young people and those in the work place.


Colin Rookes – Deacon

Devonian born and bred, Colin did a degree in Financial Services at Bournemouth before working in Manchester for a number of years. He then relocated to Southampton where he has lived ever since. He has been married to his wife Sarah for just over ten years; they have two boys, one at primary school and the other born in 2012.

Colin is a Deacon and is involved in the youth work of the church.


Dave Strivens – Deacon

Dave is husband to Rosie and father to Eleanor, he grew up in Oxfordshire, and came to know Jesus as his Saviour when he was 14. He has been a member at NCF since 2009, having moved to the South Coast during his first posting as an Officer in the British Army. Having spent a few years away on military duties he have been blessed to be able to move back to the area with his family and serve as a deacon at NCF.

Dave currently works as a manager in the NHS. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, keeping fit and playing the guitar.