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, prayer, homegroups, children and youth. We also have a church administrator who helps to keep us all organised.
We are currently in a pastoral vacancy.
Andrew Lockton (Deacon, Secretary, and Trustee)
Andrew became a Christian in his early teens and has been an active member of quite a few churches due to frequent job relocations. For him the heart of his Christian experience is a personal relationship with God based on the truths found in the Bible and applied in the realities of life. As church secretary he is keen to use his abilities to keep things running smoothly and allow the church to fulfil its core mission of sharing the message of the gospel and building the church. He is a retired doctor and now spends time with his wife, Sue, enjoying trying to keep up with five children and six grandchildren. Hobbies include reading and outdoor activities: walking, cycling running and kayaking.
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 and Trustee)
Arlene enjoys village life in Hillesley where she lives with her two teenagers. 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 for friends.
Sarah-Louise Sudlow (Deacon and Safeguarding Trustee)
Sarah-Louise moved to Gloucestershire in 2015 with her husband Tim as a newly married couple (now a family of 3!) . 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.
Tony Jones (Deacon and Trustee)
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.
Louisa Lockwood (Pastoral Assistant, Prayer, Homegroup Co-ordinator)
As Pastoral Assistant, Louisa aims for a listening, responsive approach to ministry. She has responsibility for pastoral issues and for prayer. She preaches and takes services including thanksgiving and ashes committal. She co-ordinates our homegroups and will find you one to try out. Louisa’s work days for WBC are Sunday, Monday and Thursday. You are welcome to email her via the contact page.
(Louisa is also a Minister-in-Training at Bristol Baptist College. She has three almost grown-up children and a dog.)
Vicki Cook (Worship Co-ordinator)
Vicki studied music at university but then branched off into a challenging career in social work. Her musical skills are still put to good use at Wotton Baptist Church, where she heads up a team of worship leaders and musicians. Vicki is passionate about encouraging people to encounter God through sung worship. She also experiments in writing songs for the church and is occasionally brave enough to try these out on the congregation. Vicki has a busy family life with her husband Mike, two teenagers and a dog. She loves walking in the local countryside and often has her nose in a book.
Karen Dover (Part-time Youth Worker)
Karen is part of the WebNet 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 has 4 kids, 2 dogs and two horses. Karen likes running and walking the dogs and loves helping teenagers meet God.
Jill Wilson (Kidzone)
Jill is a Christian, wife and mum of 2 daughters. She’s lived in Twickenham, Birmingham, Yate, and then moved to North Nibley in 2011 when she joined Wotton Baptist Church. She works part time as a GP in Yate and enjoys walking in the countryside and singing.
Nicola Clark-Smith (Overseas Mission)
Nicola grew up in a Christian family, accepted Jesus as her Saviour at a fairly young age and got baptised at 16. Following her baptism God placed a desire on her heart for overseas mission resulting in time spent in both Brazil and Mozambique. Now living in Berkeley, married and with three children, she enjoys teaching piano and guitar, and in quiet moments loves to read and crochet. She is looking forward to seeing where God leads and how He challenges us to answer the call to ‘go into all the world’ .
Vince Howell (Outreach)
Vince became a Christian later in life, being baptised in 2017 by his father-in-law whilst in Sri Lanka. He has been an active church member for the past 6 years, taking part in homegroups, men’s fellowship group. He’s a keen cook and musician and runs our Saturday Men’s Breakfast club. He also leads worship and plays in the worship band some Sundays. He is happily married to Nirosha and works as a IT Consultant. Vince really enjoys his outreach role, talking about and learning more about God.