Henry Coates - Lead Pastor (click to view)

Henry is married to Leanne. They live just down the road from the Ark with their three boys, John, Fabian and Geoffrey.

If there’s one word which gets Henry really excited, it’s ‘community’. He is passionate about seeing the people we live amongst being drawn into the community of faith, so that God – His love, wisdom, power and creativity – can be more fully realised where we are.

Henry is so thankful for the variety of people and gifts already present at the Ark, and he is intent on seeing more people released to live out the purpose for which God has created them.

Nigel Bainbridge - Pastor (click to view)

Nigel is married to Rachel and they have a grown-up daughter (Emily) and a teenage son (Joseph).
He joined the Ark pastoral team in 2002.
He has a heart for organisation and connections that support church growth both in Dover and around the world - 'connections make anything possible'.
Nigel is a member of the national overseas mission team ('ActionOverseas'), and is the link person with Apostolic Church in Hungary.

David Cason - Pastor (click to view)

David is one of the three Pastors at The Ark. a non-salaried Pastor who earns his crust during the week running a business offering architectural design services. He is married to Mary and has four children, Ella, Bill, Elijah and and Orla.

He is involved in many activities at the Ark including regularly preaching but as part of his role oversees the fantastic and expanding children’s work and coordinates the Alpha Courses.

God is doing amazing things at the Ark; it’s a great Church and he views this as a privilege to serve God in this location and as part of such a warm, friendly congregation of God’s people.

Outside of church most of his time is taken up with family life and house renovation (!) but he loves water sports, anything that gets him to the beach, kayaking, surfing or even just a swim in the cold Dover sea!


  • Mike Hewgill (Elder)
  • Steve Green (Elder)
  • Myles Kearney (Elder)
  • Andrew Simpson (Elder)
  • Stuart Walker - Prophet (Elder)
  • Sean Morrison (Elder)
  • Helen Cheyney
  • Anita Simpson
  • Emma Dixon
  • Peter Christian
  • Alan Found
  • Helen Found
  • Peter Wallace

Pastoral Support

  • Pat Wheeler

Administrative Staff

  • Estelle Peach Watts - Administrator