Paul Bennett Centre Director

Paul Bennett

Paul has been the Centre Director since 2001, prior to this he was a church based youth worker in London.  He has also been involved in the management of residental housing for people with learning difficulties.  He is a member of the British Youth for Christ coaching team.

Paul loves cycling and is a fan of Southampton FC. 

Sam Olaeye Senior Youth Worker

Sam joined us as our Senior Youth Worker in 2018. He has volunteered as a youth worker in his local church in London since 2011, mentored young offenders for an organisation called SOVA and mentored with Young Gloucestershire.

Sam is married and has been blessed with three amazing children. He has a passion for cycling and going to the gym and is a bit of a fitness fanatic.   

Hanna Stürcken Church Partnership Youth Worker

Hanna joined the team in September 2018.  As our Church Partnership Youth Worker, she provides youth work to the South Cheltenham Churches and Cheltenham Network Church.  Hanna was born in Germany, grew up in Switzerland and has British Citizenship.  She wins the award for the most international member of the team.  Hanna previously worked in the insurance and banking industry in Switzerland.  Before joining us, she spent a year training with a church in Cambridge where she was involved in youth and children's work.

Hanna came to faith in her late teens and as a result is passionate about sharing the Gospel with young people.  Hanna loves Christian Hip Hop as well as doing cross-stitch, a rare combination.  She also loves to eat, particularly if other people have cooked!

Shany Scorsone volunteer

Shany joined us in 2018 for the academic year to gain more experience in youth ministry.  She comes from Sicily and completed a masters degree in Milan.  During her time in Milan she helped develop a flourishing student ministry.  She has a passion for evangelism and is looking forward to sharing her faith with young people.

She likes good food and coffee and is horrified at the thought of pineapple on Pizza!

Michael Southam Gap Year volunteer

Michael joined us in 2018 as a volunteer. He graduated from Swansea University in the summer of 2018 with a degree in Criminology. He is from Cheltenham and grew up in a Christian family and applied to spend a year with us to develop his faith.  In the future he would like to work with young offenders or work closely with the human rights of children; so he is especially excited to see where this year takes him. He is a big football fan, with Liverpool his team of choice and claims that this is definitely their year!

Jenni Philpott Volunteer Administrator


Jenni is an experienced adminstrator who started volunteering as she got bored with retirement.  She has lived in Cheltenham since 1983 and is actively involved in her local church. 

Jenni loves cooking, music and crafts.  The team love it when Jenni cooks!