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 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 live in Hangleton with their children, Joseph and Thea.

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

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.

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. 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, Systems and Alpha

After two years on Transform, Jonny joined the staff team in September 2010. He is now an elder and holds responsibility for all our communications, communities and our systems. 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.

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.

Max Mkandawire


Max is from Zimbabwe and has been at Holland Road since 2003. He is married to Otshie and has 3 children: Anthony, Aaron and Ashleigh.

Other Staff

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, leads the World Mission Team and loves cooking for the Night Shelter.

Becky Rigg

Students and Young Adults Leader

Becky loves getting to know students (particularly over a cup of tea) and helping them grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus. She met her husband, Dan, whilst they were both students at Sussex! They live near central Brighton with their son Reuben. They love to worship God together, particularly with the worship team, which Dan helps to lead.


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 The Hub and other children’s activities that happen throughout the year.

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.

Dan and Becca Sweet

Leaders for Encounter and Intern Program

Becca joined Holland Road in 2013 when she was the UCCF staff worker working with University students in the South East, and Dan joined in 2017 when he moved to Brighton to marry Becca. They both love this city! In 2019, Dan and Becca started working for Holland Road part time leading on Encounter and Internships. They also lead a community in their home and love being a part of it.

Becca believes there’s nothing better than brunch at the beach no matter what time of day it is, while Dan enjoys playing football, talking and being a bit of a geek. They both think they’re the best at Nerf Wars. Becca’s right.

Alongside working for Holland Road Becca works for the Prince’s Trust Charity and Dan works at the University of Brighton.

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, Laura Lurcock, Sheridan Lynch, Andrei Pop, David Treneer, Steve Walker and Olivia Wilson.