Clergy and team

The Reverend Will Hughes

Rev. Will Hughes


Will has been the Vicar of Petersfield and Rector or Buriton since 2011.

After a short time in the Royal Navy, Will studied theology at Exeter University and Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He served his curacy in the Cley Hill Team (Warminster) in Salisbury diocese, and then had a wonderful 5 years as vicar of Blackmoor and Whitehill (Portsmouth diocese).

Will is currently the Area Dean, and serves on the Diocesan Synod, Bishop’s Council and Board of Education. Will loves working in schools, and is currently a Governor at Petersfield Infant School and at Ditcham Park School, where he is also a chaplain. He is also a chaplain at Churcher’s College District Scout chaplain and chaplain to the ATC. Will enjoys working with people exploring their vocations, and is a Bishops’ Advisor in the selection of ordinands.

He is married to Hattie, and they have four children. He enjoys woodwork in his limited spare time!

Melanie Evans

Melanie is a Lay Reader in St Peter’s Church.She combines her Christian ministry within the life of the church while working full-time.

Melanie graduated with a degree in theology and ministry from University College, Chichester in 2004 and became a licensed reader in 2010 after spending sixteen years in the Methodist Church where she undertook similar ministry.

Her interests include spirituality and writing.

Vanda Leary

Church Warden
Mark Dancer - Director of Music at St Peter's Church

Mark Dancer

Director of Music

Stemming directly from his time as a chorister at Ewell Parish Church in Surrey, and already an accomplished pianist and flautist, Mark Dancer began to study the organ with Michael Fleming at Addington Palace, then home of the Royal School of Church Music, passing ARCO and LRAM in Organ Performance while still at school. He read music at Durham University and was Organ Scholar of the College of St Hild and St Bede, continuing his organ studies with Alan Thurlow and David Hill, gaining FRCO in 1984. He studied singing with Hervey Alan.

In 1986 he moved to Birmingham, becoming a lay-clerk at Birmingham Cathedral and Organist of Carrs Lane United Reformed Church in the city centre. During his time in Birmingham, Mark directed the annual festival of the Midlands branch of the Free Church Choir Union, and later, the National Festival.

Moving to the south coast in 1995, Mark spent a period as Organist at St George’s, Waterlooville, where he oversaw the restoration of the organ, and making a recording on it to help raise funds for the project. In 1997 he was appointed Director of Music at St Peter’s, Petersfield. Following the reordering of St Peter’s in 1998-9, he has established a summer lunchtime series of organ recitals, of which this year’s is the eleventh. He is conductor of the Petersfield Choral Society, and developing a recently acquired interest in composition, which resulted in him being commissioned to compose the anthem for the Petersfield Musical Festival’s Centenary Service in 2001. His ‘Mass of St Basil’ (2005) is in regular use at St Peter’s.

In addition to his private teaching practice, Mark is a visiting tutor for flute and piano at Dunhurst School, and works as a music type-setter using Finale and Sibelius (for sample scores in pdf format, please email via the link in paragraph one above). He also has a keen interest in photography and church architecture.

Emma Dean

Emma Dean

Safeguarding officer

Emma has been a member of St Peter’s Church since 2001.
Her current role is as the Safeguarding Representative which Emma has been since 2006.

Emma is also one of the Junior Church leadership team and one half of Messy Church in Petersfield.

In her personal life Emma is married to a Server and Mum to two choristers and the head server.

Madeline King

Bell Ringing Captain