Staff

  • Julian Hardyman

    Julian Hardyman

    Senior Pastor

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    Julian was born near Windsor in 1964. Brought up in a Christian family, he became a Christian through the Christian Union at his secondary school. He read English at New College, Oxford, also serving on the CU Executive Committee, and then studied at the London College of Printing before working in the printing and publishing industries. This included more than two years working for the notorious Robert Maxwell, though Julian did get all his pension contributions back in the end.

    In 1991 after working as Production Manager at IVP, the Christian publishers, he joined the staff of Cornerstone Evangelical Church, Nottingham as Church Manager and Pastoral Assistant. From 1993-1996 he studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago, USA for an M.Div. After graduation in 1996 he joined the staff of Eden as Associate Pastor.

    Julian was appointed as Senior Pastor of Eden in September 2002.

    In 1989 Julian married Debbie, who is a community dentist. Their three children, Robin, Fiona and Kitty, were born in 1993, 1995 and 2000. Julian has published four books: Maximum Life: All for the glory of God, Idols: God’s battle for our hearts, The Joy of Service (which draws on twenty years of ministry at Eden), and Fresh Pathways in Prayer - see bibliography. After many years as a trustee on the boards of UCCF and IVP, he is currently on the Trust Board of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. Outside work, Julian runs, including the odd marathon. He also enjoys walking with his border collie dogs, painting with oils, political biographies, and opera. He cherishes an ambition to eat in every Cambridge college hall.

  • matt lillicrap

    Matt Lillicrap

    Associate pastor

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    Matt grew up in sunny Margate in Kent. He had the great blessing of being brought up in a Christian home, however it was not until his teens that he became a Christian, while on a CYFA camp. Soon afterwards he was encouraged, and just about plucked up the courage, to introduce himself to Anika, a fellow Christian at school.

    After school Matt and Anika travelled the length of England to study Medicine in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, getting married halfway through, in 2004. After qualifying in 2006, Matt trained in Care of the Elderly Medicine and also spent two years working part-time as a Staff Worker for the Christian Medical Fellowship.

    In 2013 the Lillicraps left the North-East for London, with Matt spending four years studying at Oak Hill College. He joined Eden in summer 2017.

    Matt and Anika have six children. When not working he can be found watching, playing, or attempting to educate his children in pretty much any sport going… but especially cricket. He has been known to become absorbed in various P.G. Wodehouse novels, from which public readings may occasionally ensue, especially when paired with a fine single malt.

  • genevieve jennings

    Genevieve Jennings

    Pastoral worker

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    Genevieve comes from London and studied English Literature and Italian at Leeds University. After graduating, she worked as a Technical Author for five years at a computer company in Dunstable. It was there that she heard the gospel for the first time, becoming a Christian in 1984. She subsequently joined a local church, West Street Baptist Church, and attended the Bible College attached to it.

    She went to Japan in 1991 with Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ (WEC International) and, after studying Japanese for two years, worked in evangelism and pastoral care. She lived in Hikone and in the university city of Kyoto, which is the cultural capital of Japan. When back in the UK, she was on the staff team at West Street.

    Genevieve likes art exhibitions, reading, swimming and coffee-shops and, above all, knowing Jesus!

  • mark lewis

    Mark Lewis

    Student Worker

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    Mark grew up in Bicester in a Christian family, and started following Jesus at a young age. He first came to Cambridge in 2010 to study maths at Queens' College, and benefited tremendously from the teaching and discipleship he received at Eden. He also enjoyed a selection of racket sports and won several minor pool trophies.

    Mark then trained as a secondary school teacher, got married to Katie, and spent two years teaching maths in Cheshire before coming back to Eden to be involved in student ministry. When not working, Mark enjoys trying to persuade Katie that cricket, snooker and maths really can be fun.

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    Ali Campbell Smith

    Youth Worker

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    Ali was born in Surrey and lived there for most of her childhood apart from 2 years in San Francisco. She first came to Cambridge as an undergraduate in 2003 and has been at Eden ever since. In 2007 Ali joined the staff at Eden as a Church Assistant for a year, before returning to postgraduate study in Chemistry. Having continued throughout this time to be involved with the young people’s ministry at Eden, she then spent 3 years working part-time in Cambridge while also training part-time to do youth work at Oak Hill College in London. She was delighted to return to the staff team at Eden in September 2014 as Eden’s Youth Worker. 

    When not working, Ali enjoys making music, exploring the local countryside by bike and spending time with friends. Secretly she’s still a bit of a chemistry geek and would be delighted to help you with your science homework. 

  • sara reid

    Sara Reid

    Children’s Worker

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    Sara was born in Nigeria and brought up in Northamptonshire before coming to Cambridge as a student and new Christian in 1983. She studied Spanish and French at Gonville & Caius College before completing a PGCE and working as a primary school teacher locally.

    She married Doug (an electronic design engineer) in 1989 and they have three children - Alice, Phil and Matthew. Since having children, she has worked as a supply teacher, registered childminder and in a pre-school.

    Sara enjoys walking, gardening, reading and wild open spaces.

  • Steve Wright

    Steve Wright

    Operations Manager

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    Steve grew up in Stoke-on-Trent before moving to Oxford to study law at Wadham College. In 2001, after finishing his studies, he moved to London to work for a City law firm. From 2007-2016 Steve worked for the John Lewis Partnership, latterly as Head of Legal (Property and Planning). 

    Steve is married to Katie and they have a son, Joshua. From 2016-2018 the Wrights lived in Switzerland where Steve helped to run Westlake Church Nyon, an English-speaking church near Geneva. Steve served as Elder during a period of change for the church, as well as helping to lead music with Katie and hosting a homegroup for young adults.

    They moved to Cambridge in Summer 2018 so that Steve could take up the role of Operations Manager here at Eden. They are delighted to be part of the Eden family.

  • Hazel Church

    Hazel Church

    Administrator

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    Hazel was born in Coventry but brought up in sunny north-eastern England. She studied languages at Bradford University before ending up in Cambridge. She has previously worked as Administrator at Eden for a couple of years, before her oldest daughter was born in 2004. Four children later she is pleased to be back, although part time. Her hours at Eden are 9.30-3.00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Outside work she enjoys running, knitting and baking, among other things!

  • David de Oliveira

    David de Oliveira

    Church Apprentice

    David was born in India and lived in London before moving to Cambridge to study engineering at Girton College. Having attended Eden throughout his studies, he is now delighted to join the staff team as a church apprentice, and is looking forward to serving the church family in that role. Outside work David enjoys anything to do with sport, and is always up for a kick-about.

  • Abi Nelson

    Abi Nelson

    Church Apprentice

    Abi grew up on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. She studied Civil Engineering at the University of Surrey before coming to Cambridge to work as an engineer in the water industry. After 5 years, she now joins the staff at Eden as a CA. Her hope is that through the year she will grow in her knowledge and love for Christ and love His people more. Outside of work she enjoys cycling, the sea and swimming.

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    Phoebe Williams

    Church Apprentice

    Phoebe grew up in Hertfordshire, apart from a few years her family spent in Sydney, Australia. She went to the University of Nottingham for her degree studying Food Science and Nutrition. Phoebe got married in August 2020, and has moved to Cambridge to be with her husband, Joel, who is in his final year of study. They are excited to start serving at Eden and get to know the church family.

Elders

The role of elders at Eden is explained here.

Deacons

The role of deacons at Eden is explained here.

  • Caroline Eade

    Caroline Eade

    Contracts, legal

  • Shirley Ellerton

    Shirley Ellerton

    Catering, Manse

  • Manny Kemp

    Manny Kemp

    Treasurer

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  • Tim Nolan

    Tim Nolan

    Maintenance, IT

  • Antony Senner

    Antony Senner

    Secretary

  • Tom Sparrow

    Tom Sparrow

    External giving

  • Rachel Watson

    Rachel Watson

    Duty rota

  • Nick Widdowson

    Nick Widdowson

    Chair