Who We Are


At Hawkwell Parish Church we believe that every member of the Church has a Ministry but we have leaders for whom this is their full or part time occupation and we recognise their invaluable contribution.

Nick R

Nick Rowan

Nick is the Rector. He has been at St Mary's and Emmanuel since July 2018. He is married to Nina and they have four children.

Nick enjoys being part of a loving church family who enjoy worshipping together, growing in understanding of God's word together, and sharing the good news about Jesus in word and deed together.  Nick grew up in Colchester, England and came to faith while attending St John's Church. He studied Economics at University, but in his final year felt that God was calling him to work for the church. Following graduation Nick spent a year working as a Chaplaincy assistant at the University of Essex and then two years as a Lay Worker at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn, which is on the edge of Portsmouth. He left this role when he got married to Nina and spent some time working for Norwich Union Insurance while exploring ordination. Following selection, he trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol. He was ordained in 2006 and served as Curate and then Team Vicar in Rayleigh, before moving to Hawkwell in 2018.

Steve Finch

Steve is the Curate here at Hawkwell. Before getting ordained he worked with secondary schools in Chelmsford as a Christian school's worker. 

Steve F

Steve then moved into car break down insurance for a while as he discerned, with God's help, his future direction. He trained for ordination at Oak Hall College in Kent and joined us as Curate in 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

When not working he will often be found watching football, reading books or walking his dog, Freddie.


Our wardens, whilst voluntary, do a huge amount of work within the church for which we are very grateful.

Katie Chapman

Katie is one of our Church Wardens having also previously served in this capacity. 

Katie C

Katie is now in her 3rd year of office. She is married to Ian. They have two grown up children, Amy who lives in Northumberland and David who is married and living in America. Ian and Katie joined Emmanuel Church in 1987. She also works part time as an LSA in a Special Needs School.

Lynda Darley

Lynda has stood down this year as Warden - this page will be refreshed shortly!!  

Lynda D

Lynda is married to Justin and has two grown up children, Luke and Ben and a cat called Pepper.

Lynda works in one of the local Garden Centres. She grew up in Hawkwell and with her parents attended Emmanuel. She made a commitment to Christ in 1980 when she was only 7. Lynda went to Rodbaston college in Staffordshire studying OND and then HND in Animal Care. She met Justin there. They returned to the Hawkwell area in 2015 to support mum after her dad sadly died. 

Hawkwell Parish Church Office,
St. Mary's Church, Rectory Rd, Hawkwell,
Essex, SS5 4LL

Telephone - 0I702 5435I4

Email - office@hawkwellparishchurch.org

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