Torquay Academy

Cricketfield Road



Bosuns Cottage, 2 Park Lane, Torquay, TQ1 2AU

01803 475237

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Registered charity

number: 1078726

Leadership Team

Pete Clayton




Pete is married to Esther and they have 3 children who are 7, 5 and 2. They have recently moved from Southampton and Pete leads the team at the Kings Arms Church. 

In Pete's spare time he loves a good walk as a family or kicking a ball around with the kids! 

Steve Thieman




Steve has been part of The King’s Arms Church since it started in 1998. Steve continues to be at the heart of the church now and leads and serves the church alongside Pete. He works for Citibank, working mainly from home. He is married to Cathy and they have three children – Dan, Luke and Ellen.

When he get's a spare moment Steve loves to be outdoors - you will find him camping, fishing or strolling on a beach. 


Katie Makinson

Powerhouse Leader

Katie leads our Primary age children’s group, called Powerhouse. Katie also works as a Teaching Assistant in a local primary school. She is married to Ian and they have three children.

Steve Thieman


i54 Leader

As well as being an Elder, Steve leads the youth work, known as i54.


Chris & Becs Firrell


Worship Team Leaders

Chris and Becs head up our worship and PA team. Becs leads worship and Chris plays everything (not at once!) and ensures Sunday mornings run smoothly.

Becs has a passion to see God glorified in our worship, for the Holy Spirit to be present so we can meet Him, run to Him and be changed by Him, and for the lost to see Jesus through our praise.



Anna Billingham


Launchpad Leader


Anna leads Launchpad, our pre-school group and is also one of our worship leaders.  As well as raising two children, Molly and Albie, she works part-time for the Torbay Council.

Liz Sawyer


Karan Armstrong




Karan heads up administration and events at King’s Arms Church. She focuses on Children & Young People, Life Groups and Events, as well as other office administration. She loves the Church, social action, creative design and coffee.


Tim Steer


Chair of Trustees

Penny Yeo




Penny has been a Trustee since 2012.  She has worked for many years as a carer of children with special needs and is very involved with many aspects of church life.

Mark Farrin




Mark is married to Rachel and they have three lovely daughters. He is a
guitar teacher as well as working for Cool Therapies as an anger
management trainer and director.
Mark has been part of the King's Arms since it started way back in the
last century. He's therefore served in pretty much every area of church
life! He currently serves on the worship team and preaches.
He is passionate to see: The church engage deeply with God in worship
and prayer; The lives of Christians being radically shaped by the
teaching of the Bible; And God's love and grace invade every community
in Torbay and beyond.