Holland Road Baptist Church


Our leadership team is made up of Elders and a team of Deacons. Some of these are also staff who work alongside many wonderful volunteers involved in every area of church life. Without these volunteers we would be unable to function!

David and Laura Treneer

David Treneer

Elder and Senior Pastor

David was appointed by the church to be an elder and senior pastor in May 2007. He first became a member of Holland Road in 1998 when he was working nearby as a consultant engineer and was invited to join the staff in 2002 as an Assistant Pastor. David grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of a missionary family and has a strong connection with all things African!

David is passionate about teaching God’s Word, about a life filled with the Spirit and reaching out to those both in our local community and around the world. He has a Masters from Spurgeon’s College in Applied Theology and lives locally with his family; wife Laura, daughters Lila and Amy and son Jonah.

Tim and Laura Vellacott

Tim Vellacott

Elder and Associate Minister

Tim started coming to Holland Road in 1997 as a student from Sussex University where he also met his wife Laura – they now have two children.

Tim has been on staff since 2003. He is an elder and part of the core leadership team. Tim leads our fantastic worship team and helps to oversee the preaching and Sunday gatherings. Tim loves all things associated with the sea especially windsurfing.

Sean and Ali Avard

Sean Avard

Elder and responsible for Pastoral Care and Compassion Ministries

Sean grew up in Brighton and first came to Holland Road in 1993. In 2008 Sean followed God’s call to sell his business and join the staff at Holland Road.

He is an elder and part of the core leadership team, overseeing marriage, pastoral care and our Restore ministry. Sean is married to Ali and has three children.

John and Lisa Elbourne

John Elbourne

Elder and Church Secretary

John is married to Lisa and they have two children. He first came to Holland Road in 1989 and he is now an elder of the church as well as a Trustee with specific responsibility for safeguarding. He volunteers for the church on Tuesdays and is part of the core leadership team. In his day job the rest of the week, he designs computer systems and similarly at church, has oversight for all things technical. In his spare time John likes running and watching Star Trek.


Jonny Holman

Elder and responsible for Communities, Communications, Transform and Alpha

After two years on Transform, Jonny joined the staff team in September 2010. He is now an elder and is part of the core leadership team and holds responsibility for all our communications, communities, the Transform training programme and Alpha. Together with Laura they lead a community.

Jonny and Laura live in East Brighton with their daughters Jemima, Cleo and Juniper and share a passion for Jesus and for discipling students and young adults.

Mike and Sarah Bray

Mike Bray


Mike and Sarah first joined the church in the summer of ‘88, newly married and new to the area. They have either served or led the children’s ministries at Holland Road since then.

Mike, a big-kid himself, loves the night sky, farming games and all things Dr Who. All three of their children are now married off but their house is anything but an empty nest; they lead and host a community in Portslade and love to welcome others into their home.

Phillip and Wadia Deuk

Phillip Deuk


Phillip joined Holland Road in 1990. He is an elder of the church and is part of the world missions team, coordinating our global partners and is involved with local evangelism. Phillip is married to Wadia, has three grown up children and lives in Hove.

Adam and Rosie Dracott

Adam Dracott


Adam is an elder and trustee of the church. He is married to Rosie and lives in Hangleton; they have four children.


Matt Lovell


Matt joined Holland Road in 2007. He is an elder and during the week, works as the Site Manager for a local school. Matt, his wife Charlotte and three children; Milo, Barnabas and Angelina live in Hangleton.

Other Staff

Jen Cottingham

Jen Cottingham

Deacon for World Mission and PA to David Treneer

Jen came to Holland Road in 2002 after moving to Hove. She was a pioneer of our intern program in 2008 and has since taught kindergarteners at one of our global partners, Bingham Academy in Ethiopia for 4 years as a SIM missionary.

Jen helps David with various behind the scenes tasks and also helps in the crèche, leads the World Mission Team and loves cooking for the Night Shelter.

Becky Rigg

Student and Young Adult Leader

Becky came to Holland Road when she moved to Brighton for university in 2014. She loves getting to know students (particularly over a cup of tea!) and helping them grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus during their time at university.

Becky and her husband Dan live near central Brighton and they love to worship God together through singing, particularly with the band on Sunday mornings and at Encounter. With Dan studying physics at Sussex, and Becky leading our student ministry, you can often find them on one of the university campuses!


Amanda Roberts

Children’s Worker

Amanda has been coming along to Holland Road since 2003. In that same year she also graduated University with a BA in Communications/PR, got married to her British husband, and moved to the UK from the USA (where she was born and raised)!

She and her husband, Paul, live in Hangleton. They also run a busy household – with three children and a variety of pets!

Amanda has a passion for working with children, and has been involved with the Children’s Ministry at Holland Road since 2004. She is currently responsible for Discoverers, The Hub and other children’s activities that happen throughout the year.

Helen and Brian Steele

Helen Steele

Finance Coordinator

Helen has been part of Holland Road for 20 years. She loves being part of the church family here, and enjoys being involved with the children’s work on a Sunday morning and at our children’s holiday clubs.

She is responsible for coordinating the church’s finances as well as leading our Night Shelter with her husband Brian. She lives locally in Hove and has four sons.


Steve Walker

Operations Manager

Steve moved to Brighton in 1981 and first came to Holland Road in 2004. In 2016, after 34 years in Financial Services Steve followed God’s call and joined the staff at Holland Road. He is a trustee and a community leader, as well as managing the staffing and administration of the church.

Steve is married to Kim who works for the YMCA Downslink Group. They live in Portslade with their daughter Lizzie. Steve loves all things football related and living in Brighton, is of course a Manchester United fan.


Helen Wheeler

Youth and Children’s Leader

Helen has been part of the Holland Road church family since moving here in 2007. She has worked with children and young people in a variety of jobs since graduating as a teacher in 1998.

She loves watching children learn new things and discover God for themselves. She lives in Portslade with her two children and enjoys making things.


Our Trustees, who oversee the financial, legal and operational management of the church are Debbie Collins, John Elbourne, Tressa Kong, Laura Lurcock, Andrei Pop, David Treneer and Steve Walker.