Our current minister is the Rev’d John Sturney who has spent 65 years in ministry of one sort or another. He trained at New College London from 1951-55 and from there he went to his first church, the Congregational Church at Wheatley, Oxford. From there he went as a missionary under the London Missionary Society to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, where he stayed for seven years. On returning to England he worked for 18 years as a Religious Studies teacher in various schools finishing as a senior tutor at a Sixth Form College. He returned to church ministry at St Paul’s, Richmond and then at Southbourne URC. On retirement he became a hospital chaplain in the palliative care cancer unit in Christchurch. His late wife died in 2004 and he married Carole in 2007, with whom he moved to Wantage where they now live. He journey’s to Hungerford to conduct worship usually three Sundays a month, to chair church meetings and to attend coffee mornings whenever possible. His preaching is evangelical and he is mildly charismatic, having been baptized in the Holy Spirit following the visit of Luis Palau to London
Hungerford URC is the first church I’ve been to where I’ve really felt at home and found a church family. I love the welcoming atmosphere, laid back services and the way everyone feels like a genuine friend, I’ve never been in a church where I’ve known all the congregation before!
Right from the first service at Hungerford URC I felt at home and now nearly two years on feel like a real part of the church family. Despite working at a Cathedral I’m definitely not a high church person at heart, and I really value the relaxed and informal services at Hungerford.
I grew up attending Hungerford URC from birth and became a member in 1988, after 12 years away in which time I met my husband (the son of a Pentecostal Minister) we returned to Hungerford in 2001. I enjoy worshiping in different styles and working together with the other Churches in Hungerford.
My association with Hungerford has been from when I was very young, growing up in our sister church at Newbury. When Newbury sadly closed I looked in several directions for a new home and here is right on my doorstep! I have been made to feel very welcome and really do feel at home here, enjoying in particular the real love of the fellowship.