New Milton Evangelical Free Church

Taking God at His Word

Who's Who


Pastor: Simeon Woodcraft

Simeon has been married to Liz for 22 years and they have 7 children. He has been the Pastor of NMEFC for 14 years. He became a Christian 28 years ago through the work of Bedford Young Life, after hearing a friends testimony he came under conviction of sin, repented and asked Jesus into his life. 

Simeon longs to see many brought to know the Lord Jesus Christ and to see them discipled to be passionate followers of Him. The work has developed in different ways over the years and it is Simeon's prayer that it will continue to grow for the glory of God.

Elder: Andrew Varney

After a Sunday school upbringing in Bournemouth, Andy trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour as a teenager at a Christian Camp in Devon. After 30 years service with the Hampshire Police with significant involvement with the Christian Police Association, he and his wife then led Highcliffe Christian Fellowship for over 12 years. Ill health led to his retirement from this ministry in 2010, and now in the Lord's healing grace they have joined the membership of NMEFC. Andy's particular area of responsibility within the church is the men's ministry.

Elder: John Harman

John is married to Liz, they have 3 grown up daughters and 6 grand-children. John and Liz moved to the area in 2014, first finding the church and then a home nearby in Barton on Sea.
Whilst thinking he was a Christian, it was when he was based in Singapore with BT some 25 years ago that John first truly accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour.  Since taking early retirement in 2000, he has had various voluntary roles in evangelical Church of England churches in Eastbourne, including Treasurer and Warden. John was baptised at NMEFC in April 2016, and his desire is to serve where needed.

Elder: Ben Fidler

Ben became a Christian in 1999 while attending an alpha course in Dorking, Surrey. Ben is married to Claire and he has 3 children. His passion is telling others about his wonderful Saviour Jesus Christ. Ben and family came to New Milton in 2011 after living in France for 7 years. He joined the church in 2012 and became an Elder in 2017. Ben's desire is to see the church growing spiritually and physically as God adds to the church those he is saving.   


Claire Fidler 

Music Deacon

Maria Nystrom

Catering Deacon

Clive Simpkins

Secretarial Deacon 

Peter Stevens 

Treasury Deacon

Martin Saunders

Building & Development Deacon