New Life Church has a Leadership Team of 13 leaders .This includes 3 Elders and then the wider team, each of whom bring their unique blend of gifts, personality and experience to the task of envisioning, encouraging and pastoring the Church. A little bit of background is provided below - if you want to know more, feel free to grab them and ask!

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Phil & Helen Sutherland


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Phil & Helen have lived in Dorking since they got married a very long time ago.  They have four children who are all still in one form of education or another.  Their house is rarely empty or quiet.  Phil works part-time for the Church and has led the eldership team since the Church was formed in 2010.  He also works for a consultancy firm as a Water & Environmental Advisor. Helen works as the Family Services Co-ordinator in a nearby Children’s Centre. We love food, wine and friends and Phil is a keen Liverpool FC supporter.  Helen is not. 

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Richard & Jo Taylor


Rich and Jo have lived in Dorking for around 14 years and have a family of 4 boys under 12 years of age. Rich works as a Quantity Surveyor for a small construction firm in Dorking. Jo spends her week running round after the family ,working as a nurse and catching up with various people (usually involving coffee!) Rich & Jo both enjoy spending time with family and friends, being involved in their children’s activities and always look forward to relaxing. They also enjoy working with the young people in our town. Jo and Rich lead up the Youth and young peoples work. 


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Daf & Heidi Roberts

 Daf & Heidi moved to Dorking in 1995 when Daf started teaching in a local school.He is currently working near Godalming. His main passions in life,in no particular order are, the Welsh Rugby team,his family,the Bible and Swansea City.Daf has a preaching and teaching role along with the other elders. Heidi,grew up in this area,and is a nurse,working part time in a local special needs school.She is invloved in the Worship group. They have son and two daughters.

Pete & Dawn Hajittofi - Life Group Leaders

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Pete and Dawn have lived in Dorking since 2005, and have been part of New Life Church since it started.  Together they help plan, run and support the church's mid week Life groups and run courses such as the Marriage course and Alpha.  Pete is a non-exec director of a software company and in his spare time, Pete enjoys the occasional game of tennis, squash or golf. Dawn loves arts and craft, and music. She runs a Creative Life group teaching ceramics, and makes pots in her spare time.  They have been married almost 40 years and have a daughter at university.  They love to cook and to spend time with friends and family. 


Lewis & Val Hodges - Seniors Leaders

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Lewis and Val have lived in Dorking for many years. Lewis was born in Dorking and Val in Brockham. They have been married for 48 years, and have two grown up children with children of their own. They have been involved in churches in Dorking all their adult lives and have both taught in Sunday Schools for many years.They love to use their home for church events. Both love their garden and spending time with friends and family.


Caroline Harding, 24/01/2012

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