About Us

Who We Are

St Philip’s is a growing, Church of England church located in Tunbridge Wells. We are an ordinary group of people trying to follow Jesus and trying to be a loving, servant hearted presence in the communities we are a part of. We welcome all and we have excellent cakes and coffee at our services. Why not come along and join us on a Sunday or at one of the groups that runs during the week. You’d be very welcome.

Our Values


Seeker Friendly

Whether you’ve been a Christian for years or you’re just exploring faith we want to do all we can to make your time with us as straightforward as possible for you

Christ Centred

It’s all about Jesus! He is at the centre of everything we are are and everything we do.


We want our life as a church to flow from the place of prayer and intimacy with God.


We aim to be welcoming, hospitable and generous in all that we do.


Nobody’s perfect, but we hope that there is a strong connection between what we say and what we do.


God is love. We hope love shapes everything we are and all that we do.

Individuals Valued

We believe that everyone is created in the image of God and is unique and precious. Each of us has God given gifts and talents which are given to us for us to enjoy and to use in the service of God and others.


We recognize that life isn’t always easy but we hope that you will find us a life giving community to be a part of.

Servant Hearted

Jesus came to serve rather than to be served. We aim to follow his example.

Who’s Who

Rich Thomas


Rich is married to Julie and has three children and a Labrador. Rich grew up in Tunbridge Wells but has since lived in Cambridge and London before moving back to the town in 2016. Rich loves family, friends, food, football (Derby County) and seeing people following Jesus.

Emma Heaseman


Emma lives in the Parish with her four children, and a dog and cat. Emma lived in Rye as a child/teenager and has also lived and worked in Bexhill, Hastings, St Leonard’s and Eastbourne before settling for the last 13 years in Tunbridge Wells. Emma is hugely sociable and a real foodie which is why she’s stayed in this town the longest as it has so much to offer.

Anthony King

Church Warden

Anthony is married to Rachel and they have three children and several Guinea Pigs. He works in London for John Lewis. Anthony has a passion for large lego kits and has recently completed the Death Star and the Millennium Falcon. Much to the amusement of others, Anthony is also a fan of Celine Dion!

Martyn Root

Church Warden
Martyn is married to Catherine and has three children and a cat. Tunbridge Wells born and bred, he works in oil and gas engineering near Heathrow. Martyn is one of the music group worship leaders, playing acoustic guitar or bass. He is an occasional cyclist, very much dependent on the weather!

Ray Hawkins

Reader PTO licensed to take funerals

Ray is married to Sandra and has two married daughters and four grandchildren. Ray grew up in Yorkshire but has since lived in Birmingham, Cambridge, Swindon and, from 1977, Tunbridge Wells. Ray loves family, walking, photography, DIY, tenpin bowling and cricket, Yorkshire of course!

Dan Allen 

New Wine Intern 
Dan grew up in Tunbridge Wells and just finished studying at Bennett Memorial School. Dan has part-time jobs at Blacks, the outdoor store, Daily Bread in Rusthall and in his spare time he plays in the church table tennis league as well as a six-a-side football team. 

Get In Touch

We would love to hear from you.

Church Office
01892 531031

Rev. Richard Thomas

Birken Road
Tunbridge Wells