Bob Hardman

Lead Pastor for Hayle Light & Life

My name is Bob Hardman. I am married to Christine and have three daughters, Anna, Rachel and Ellie.
I was born and brought up on a farm in rural Lancashire. From my earliest memories I remember going to a local Congregational Church and being taught the bible in Sunday School. My parents were keen Christians and their faith influenced every area of our lives as a family. I clearly remember visiting Crown Lane Free Methodist for a special evangelistic meeting at the age of 8 and committing my life to the Lord. I knew from that night that I was a child of God.

Due to my father’s ill health we left the farm when I was 13 and moved to Garstang. We joined Garstang Free Methodist church and I enjoyed growing up within an active youth fellowship and under the pastoral ministry of Rev Barrie Walton and later the Rev Allan Ellershaw. I learnt so much from these men of God about living the Christian life, the importance of studying the word as well as opening myself up to the person and power of the Holy Spirit. I saw the church grow and grew deeper in my faith.

I then went to university in Newcastle upon Tyne where I was heavily involved in the Christian Union, again widening my experience by meeting people from other denominations and understanding that the people of God were a wonderful mix of views, styles and convictions, but yet united in Christ. After gaining my degree in Agricultural and Food Marketing I returned to Garstang and for 4 years worked selling animal feed to farmers as a Sales Adviser.

Again I got involved in all aspects of church life including helping lead the youth work. I met my wife Christine during that time and we married in 1987. In 1988 we felt God calling us into Christian Bookselling and we bought an established Christian Book Shop in Preston. For the next 22 years that was our life and ministry. We grew the business and took on the Lancaster Christian Book Shop in 1998. God taught us so much over these years and also blessed us with three beautiful daughters. My involvement continued in all areas of church life, becoming a lay minister as well as doing other roles within the church. We loved the Garstang church and were blessed to have a thriving children’s and youth work for our girls to be involved in.

In 2008 however God began to speak to us about a change of direction in our lives. At first separately, but then together, Christine and I felt that God was calling us to something new which would involve selling the shops and leaving Garstang. We were so happy and settled there, but God had other plans.

The call to Hayle in Cornwall is too long to relate here, but we linked up with Rev Andrew Ollerton and the Penwith Light and Life churches, which he had been instrumental in planting. He needed a pastor with a “shepherd’s heart” to work alongside him in Penzance and more specifically for the new congregation in Hayle. We knew this call was of God and through scripture, circumstances, trusted friends and prophetic words it was confirmed to us many times over.

At the end of August 2010 we said a tearful farewell to our old life in Garstang and travelled the 380 miles to Hayle. We knew it was right before God, but was costly for our daughters leaving church friends and school and college friends and for ourselves leaving friends and family, particularly our elderly parents, who sent us out with their blessing, but would have loved us to be around for them at this stage of their lives.

God has blessed us with a wonderful, loving church family in Hayle. We have been amazed to see the church grow and become a loving family. I am constantly challenged by the role of Pastor but I trust Him that every day he gives me the strength I need. It is only through Him and the Holy Spirit within me that I can do this.
Job 42:2 – “I know you can do all things. No plans of yours can be thwarted.”
Phil 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Simon and Astrid Selley

Associate Pastor for Hayle Light & Life

Simon married Astrid in 1988 and they have two daughters, Grace and Rachel, (who are both part of the boomerang generation), of whom they are both very proud as they have the globetrotting gene.
Simon was a police officer in the Devon and Cornwall Police for 30 years until 2012 and now works as the assistant Pastor at Light and Life Church at Hayle (otherwise known as Bob’s little helper!), plus as a pool lifeguard when they are really short staffed at the Leisure centre.
He grew up in Sidmouth, Devon and successfully achieved the low standards he had set for himself in his o-levels and a-levels. Fortunately he blagged his way into the Police when he was 20. He says he was on a journey for about three years when he realised exactly who Jesus was and made a commitment and allowed Jesus into his life in April 1988, just before he and Astrid married. He found Christian life tough and none of those life issues we all struggle with had gone away.

They moved as a family (with just Grace at that stage) to St.Ives as Simon was promoted to work at Penzance. They have lived in St.Ives since 1993 (however Astrid is a true Hake having been born and grown up to her teenage years there).

In 2002 Simon attended a Freedom In Christ course and discovered what true freedom in Christ is. He got rid at that stage of a load of unnecessary baggage and likens himself to Shrek, as being an onion with lots of layers! God is still peeling some of them off today.

They attended a church in St.Ives but as Simon approached retirement with all the budget cuts in the Police, in 2011 God clearly called them both out of that Church and across to Hayle Light and Life. He has since discovered there is no retirement in Gods kingdom and you are not done until you are dead! Simon and Astrid’s heart is in seeing people discovering who Jesus is but then moving forward (more rapidly than the 14 years it took Simon) to find true freedom and the gifts God had given them.

It is great to be part of a Church which is a community and wants to remain within Hayle Community drawing all people to God and all the skills and experiences Simon had over his 30 year policing experience are coming in very handy now. He realises he has just had a 30 year apprenticeship and the real job has just started! In his spare time he tries to work out what spare time is and how he can use it!

He is a trustee of the local charity Hopelink, which helps children in the Philippines back into education (Balik Aral) and is also the South Western representative along with Astrid for Freedom in Christ UK Ministries.


John Townley

Lead Pastor for the Light & Life Churches

John Townley moved to Cornwall in 1994 to pastor the Helston church which under his leadership planted churches in Penzance and Truro. He is a member of the Free Methodist National Leadership team and he oversees all of Light and Life, Cornwall. John with his wife Becky are now pastoring Light and Life in St. Austell. John has four grown-up children.