Yapton Free Church is an all age community living in a revelation of who God is and what his Son did on the Cross. We are located in the six villages area of West Sussex, with a heart for this area and for the nation of England.

There is always something going on at Yapton Free Church: prayer, kids, youth, etc and many international adventures.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

Our Vision

We desire to be a church that seeks to worship God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit, seeking to know him better through worship, praise, prayer, and the word.

We desire to fulfil Luke 10:27, to: "Love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our strength and with all our mind" and "Love our neighbours as our self."

We recognise that there is only one true church consisting of all born again believers - regardless of denomination - and we seek to work and pray with other local, national and international Christians and churches.

We are here as a body of believers to fulfill our part in the Great Commission with local, national and international evangelism - "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you". Matthew 28:19-20.

We desire to be a church praying and preparing for world revival recognising that:

The Bible is crucial to our personal growth: "All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

"Not my might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty." Zechariah 4:6

Meet the team

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Hugo van Driel

Hugo van Driel has been involved in Yapton Free Church since 1991. In 1993 he came onto the leadership of the church. He then in 1994 had a powerful encounter with God and his life is radically different now. He is now a full time employee and pastor of Yapton Free Church, he has a real heart for evangelism. This is seen as he visits most schools in the area, leading assemblies and supporting in lessons. He is also very much involved in the Nepal Project, which his late wife Rosie established. Hugo had the joy of getting married again in 2012 to Hanneke who was previously a missionary in Mongolia for 12 years. Together they are forerunners of this new season on ministry locally and around the world. Hanneke is part of the core Team and has a passion for worship and training up and releasing leaders in the body of Christ.

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Gerald Sercombe

Gerald has been an elder of Yapton Free Church since 2002 and has a pastoral heart. For many years Gerald was a local farmer at Gaston Farm but has now retired 'put on a new set of tyres' in his new home with Henni and Oscar in Walberton. Gerald and Henni have been happily married for over 35 years.

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Annamarijn Dikslag
Core Team

Ben grew up in Yapton but moved away for university and work before returning to Yapton in 2018. Anna moved to Yapton in 2015. They got married on Christmas Day 2020. Anna leads a home group, overseas the youth work and coordinates the pastoral team. Ben and Anna are actively involved in many aspects of church life, local community and mission abroad. Ben is a fitness coach and organises sports events in the community. He is working as a drum teacher in local primary schools and will be joining the chaplaincy teams at St Philip Howard School from September.

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Veyanke Hodson

Veyanke leads a homegroup and has a real heart for people to realise their true identity in Christ. She is also involved with the Sunday school and is member of the Ministry team. Veyanke and her husband Nigel, and children, Lily and Joshua, run a charity called Soup from Heaven which is based in Cape Town, South Africa. (Veyanke is originally from Cape Town). SFH is involved in many different projects to help the very poor and needy in Cape Town. A Soup Kitchen, orphanage, family sponsorships and street outreaches being a part of this. Once again their passion is to teach people who they are in Christ and how much they are loved!

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Reg Hawks

Reg heads up the Homegroups, and supports the Homegroup leaders.
As well as leading their own homegroup with his wife, Paula.
They also have a teenage son, Will who is now working with YWAM.
Reg has a heart for prayer and seeing people changed by God.

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Will (Core Team) & Katie Cronin
Youth Pastors

Will first came to Yapton Free Church through doing an Alpha course in January 2014. While doing Alpha, he experienced the love of Jesus which transformed his life. Will married Katie who has been a member of Yapton Free Church for many years.

Will has his own business as a landscape gardener and makes gardens look nice while sharing the love of Jesus wherever he goes! Will and Katie have a heart and passion to serve and see the youth in our church grow in their relationship with God and happily became our youth pastors in 2018.


Andrew Rackstraw
Core Team

Andrew and his wife Mavis moved into the area at the beginning of 2019. Andrew has travelled extensively, teaching and encouraging in both mission and indigenous church situations. Andrew and Mavis are currently assisting in the leading of one of the home groups, and also have a prayer inner healing ministry. They have 3 grownup daughters and 3 granddaughters. 

Partners in Harvest

Yapton Free Church is part of the Partners in Harvest network.
Partners in harvest is a family of churches, a network of people who are united in their passion for Jesus in a no-holds-barred pursuit of him.