Martin Hull – Pastor
I was born and brought up in Woodford Green, Essex, one of 6 children. My Dad was an architect and college lecturer, and my Mum was a teacher.
My parents were both very committed Christians and I was taught the truth of God’s love for us in Jesus all through my childhood. Although I knew the Christian message it did not become real to me until my Dad suddenly died when I was 20. This was a very traumatic time for my Mum and for the whole family, but God used it to bring me to face the reality of His unchanging love through Christ in a very shaky, uncertain world.
When I left school at 18 I soon began work within management in the contract cleaning industry. I continued working in this sector of business for over 20 years before becoming a Church Pastor.
I trained for the Christian ministry at London Theological Seminary in North London and worked part time as a Pastor’s Assistant in my local church (Woodford Evangelical Church) for 6 years until I took up my current role here at Grove Hill in October 2001.
I met my wife Corrie, a local French teacher, at church where we were both involved as youth leaders in our 20s; we were married in 1983. We work very closely together in the church and enjoy walks in the Essex countryside. We still live in Woodford and have 3 grown up children, Matthew, Rachel and Laura.
Michael Adesanya – Assistant Pastor
My faith journey began in 2009 when a friend invited me to church. At first, I saw the church as a social function but as a consequence of sitting under the preaching of the Bible and being active in a community of believers, by the grace of God, a year later I decided to fully commit and be baptised.
After my Baptism, I had a clear desire to help serve within the church. This included being part of the welcome team, helping to stack chairs at the end of a service and holding Bible studies often with people of all ages.
I later decided to study for a degree in theology where I felt the call for church ministry which was later confirmed by those in leadership.
I met my wife Abigail while serving as a youth pastor at a church in Kent. It, pretty much, took no time at all for us to discover that there was a connection and mutual desire to serve the church.
We got married in 2019 and had our first child, Zeke in 2020.
Becoming a husband and a father truly deepened my understanding of God as a Father. My wife and I are glad to be able to serve the church and look forward to doing so as long as we are able.