Whilst the church membership is ultimately responsible for seeking God’s guidance for the church, a leadership team is appointed by the church meeting to lead the church and act as Charity Trustees. The leadership team includes our minister, who is responsible for the overall leadership of the church; deacons, who are responsible with the minister for the spiritual leadership of the church and also act as charity trustees; a treasurer and secretary who are responsible for the financial and administrative areas of the church’s life. At WBC we also have a wider leadership group of members with responsibility for worship, evangelism, children and youth. We also have a church administrator who helps to keep us all organised.
Tom Wharin (Minister and Trustee)
Diana Baker (Deacon, Secretary, and Safeguarding Trustee)
Diana became a Christian in 1973, and has been an active member of the various Baptist, Anglican and Vineyard churches she has been part of ever since. After university she worked in the UK and abroad an an architect and various office management positions before running a business with her husband in Charfield, where she still lives. Now widowed, she has 3 step-daughters living around the world and 6 step-grandsons. When not involved in church matters Diana spends her time painting, photography, walking, gardening, keeping up with the family, travel, and seeing friends far and near.
Martin Barker (Deacon, Treasurer and Trustee)
Martin has been a Christian since his early teens and was active in and confirmed in his local CofE church of St Johns Kenilworth. He progressively drifted away from God during and after his university years concentrating on his family, career and a range of other interests. He has lived in Charfield 21 years and has one daughter and three sons. He worked his entire career for MoD and it was on a posting in Saudi Arabia that God was able to confront and challenge him. He is very conscious of this prodigal son story and is keen that the faithfulness of God is told to all who may, like him, have lost their way in their faith. On returning to the UK in 2008 God placed him and his wife Margaret in Wotton Baptist Church. He was baptised as an adult in 2010. They are both now retired and love spending time dancing and enjoying their three grandchildren.
Arlene Greenwood (Deacon, Trustee and Part-time Church Administrator)
Arlene is actively involved in village life in Hillesley where she lives with her two children. She was brought up in the Church of Scotland and became a Christian at age 17 at a Billy Graham Mission in Glasgow, before heading to Aberdeen University to study maths. Her first job meant a move to Reading and she has been south ever since! She enjoys keeping fit by walking, swimming and pilates and also enjoys cooking. She works in the church office on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
Andy Williams (Deacon, Trustee, Alpha & Outreach Co-ordinator)
Andy’s story is told in our church anniversary film ‘Don’t Conform, be transformed‘. After experiencing the grace and guidance of Jesus during his own transformation he now feels inspired to spread Gods word and introduce others to the love of Jesus. Andy lives in Wotton-Under-Edge with his wife Tracy, daughter Jenna and son Leon. He is a keen, although far from proficient, golfer and armchair football supporter, who enjoys meals out and spending as much quality time as possible with his family.
Sarah-Louise Sudlow (Deacon and Trustee)
Sarah-Louise moved to Gloucestershire in 2015 with her husband Tim as a newly married couple . After thinking they would move back towards Bristol, God had other plans to keep them in the Cotswolds. Growing up in a Christian family, Sarah-Louise was baptised at the age of 20. Training and now working as a Speech and Language Therapist, Sarah-Louise has a fascination with the human brain and how we use it to communicate. In her spare time, Sarah-Louise enjoys exploring new places, a bit of amateur baking and being entertained by the mishaps of two pet rabbits.
David Barter (Home Group Co-ordinator)
David is a retired Baptist minister who moved to Wotton in 2012. He is currently Chair of the Ark (Christian Coffee Shop in Wotton) management group and is part of the Fairtrade team in the town. He is in the local Community Choir, enjoys music, sport, walking, gardening and surfing. He is a Spurs fan. He is married to Margaret and they have 2 grown-up daughters and 5 grandchildren.
Vicki Cook (Worship Co-ordinator)
Vicki has a heart for worship and serving the church family at Wotton Baptist Church through her musical gifting. She works part time as a social worker, is married to Mike and they have two children and a dog. Vicki loves spending time with her family, walking in the countryside, listening to classical music and often has her nose in a book.
Karen Dover (Part-time Youth Worker)
Karen is part of the WEBA youth workers network, trained with The Door youth project in Stroud and is involved in youth work at WBC, Wotton Youth Centre and the local secondary school as well as working as a lunchtime supervisor at one of Wotton’s primary schools. Karen is married to Tristan, they have 4 kids, 2 dogs and two horses. Karen likes running and walking the dogs and loves helping teenagers meet God.
Tony Jones (Pulse)
Tony became a Christian at the age of 20 after meeting his wife Anna at University. His response to God’s grace has led to him being involved in running various youth activities to provide a safe space for young people to grow to know God. Tony trained as a mechanical engineer, and is now a Design Manager with a local company. He has a busy family life but in his spare time enjoys archery as a regular activity, and also enjoys being outdoors with his family, films, and playing with technology.
Jeff Martin (Fabric)
Jeff went to Leeds and Loughborough Universities where he studied Civil Engineering and Construction Management and was in the construction industry for 48 years, 15 years of which was in the Middle East. He was a member of the Methodist church in his early years and became active in the Evangelical church once settled in the UAE in 2002, and subsequently in Bahrain, Qatar. He was then baptised at a Baptist church in Dorset once back in the UK. He lives in Cam with his wife Anne. They enjoy vegetable/fruit gardening and are involved in various local charitable organisations.