Meet the Deacons

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The Deacons

We are a mixed bunch, from various walks of life, but we all feel privileged and blessed to be able to serve our Church Family, using the various gifts and skills we have picked up along the way!

 

 

 

 

Sue Jones - Church Secretary

I have been part of Bideford Baptist Church since 2009, and I am so glad that God led me to this particular Church Family!

I grew up in rural North Wales, but only met God for the first time when He suddenly grabbed my attention whilst I was at University, literally changing my mind overnight, and convincing me that He does exist! He made it clear that, having broken into my life, I now had to do something about it, so it was with some trepidation that I went to Church for the first time in my life.

Since then, I had a somewhat varied journey before finding myself here in beautiful North Devon – I am now fortunate enough to have a full-time job as a P.A., in addition to being Church Secretary at Bideford Baptist Church, and volunteering for various organisations supporting those in prison, homeless, or struggling with addiction.

Life can certainly be fairly hectic, and can sometimes be quite challenging, but God is always close by to see us through, and He has been kind enough to lead me to a lovely supportive Church Family at Bideford Baptist Church, where we all try to care for each other, and pray for each other, as we go through life’s ups and downs together.


 

Janice Goodney - Treasurer

I was born in Chiswick in 1956. I got married and went to live in Greece for 5 years. I have one daughter, but unfortunately the marriage did not last. I met my second husband, Dave, 20 years ago (he has recently found Jesus and now sings with us in the Worship Team). I have one step-daughter, and a new grandson, who currently live in Canada.

I lived in Bracknell for many years and met with Jesus Christ in a large church, and was baptised in October 2005.

God inspired me to move to Bideford and to come to Bideford Baptist Church, to give up my full-time job to work at Wings South-West (a local Christian Charity dedicated to helping young people in this area), all since 2008!

I am now the Church Treasurer, and do my best to serve Our Lord and Church family.

 

 

Pam Rowland - Pastoral Care Leader

Hi! - My name is Pam Rowland, I attend Bideford Baptist Church and I became a Church Member in 1981, and a Deacon in 2000.

Bideford Baptist Church is my home – the love and support which I have received here during some difficult times has been wonderful. We might make mistakes, but our love not only for those who come to Church, but also for those outside, is a testament to God's love pouring out on us.

I have recently completed a 3-year Training Course at Bristol Baptist College (“Prepare for Service for Lay Preachers/Pastors”), following which I was appointed as Pastoral Care Leader for the Church, and have enjoyed preaching a few times. This is a clear measure of how much God has been working in my life, as years ago I said I did not believe in women preachers!!!!

 

John Lester  -  Deacon

Hi – I am John Lester, and now retired from "paid" employment.

I have been a member of this Church since 1971, and a Deacon since 2006. I am also one of the 'Lighthouse Keepers', and I help co-ordinate the children's teaching on Sunday Mornings.

I am blessed with a wonderful wife, children and grandchildren, as well as the wider church family. It is an absolute joy to meet be involved with and to serve this Church Family and where possible the wider community of Bideford.

Being a Christian is not an easy road to follow – there are bad times, difficult periods and really good times, times of personal success and failure, but through all of these I am so thankful that God's love through His Saviour Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit never, ever stops streaming to us all.

God Bless.

 

Gina Kerr  -  Deacon

I have been privileged to be a regular member of Bideford Baptist Church since 2011, and became a Deacon in 2013.  I love being part of this Church family and find great joy in serving Our Lord  in whatever He wants me to do.

I am also a 'Lighthouse Keeper', along with John, and together we try to help the children find out about Our Lord and what it means to be a follower of Christ.

I was born in Norfolk, but brought up in South Wales, I met and fell in love with my husband, Paddy, at a young age and we have now been married for over 40 years. I have spent a great deal of my life in Zimbabwe and South Africa, in fact it was while living in Gonubie, South Africa that I became a commited Christian and was baptised. I have two grown up sons, but life has not always been easy, my eldest son had Leukaemia and a hole in the heart as a young child, through God's grace he survived but we lost our youngest son soon after birth. I believe life is like an oil painting, while you are going through difficulties you don't understand, it's like standing very close to that painting, its all blobs of colour, but as you stand back you can see the beauty of the picture, and when you can look back on your life you can often see how God worked the challenging circumstances out for good in your life. 

 I am fortunate to work in  GP surgery and feel privileged to work in an enviroment where I am given the opportunity to help people on a daily basis, to hopefully be a blessing in their lives in some small way.