Leadership in Baptist churches is shared, local and based on the biblical model of servant leadership. Christ Church is led by a minister who is trained and accredited by the Baptist Union of Great Britain and by deacons, who are elected by the church. (Both 'minister' and 'deacon' are words which have their roots in bible words for 'servant'). Supported by an administrator, they undertake a range of responsibilities and are accountable to the whole church membership through bi-monthly church meetings.
MINISTER: Revd Matthew Cooper
Matthew was appointed as Minister of CCB in August 2006, joining us with his wife Charlotte and their two children. Prior to this, Matthew served for 13 years as Minister of Dunchurch Baptist Church in Warwickshire.
Matthew came to faith at the age of 14 through the witness of his mother and after going to church with his brother (who went because his girlfriend was in the choir!). He went on to volunteer as a Sunday School teacher, youth worker, evangelist and preacher, prior to entering a full-time vocation in the Church.
Matthew is active in the local community, serving as a governor to the local primary school. He leads assemblies there, as well as at the senior school and he is also involved in various village events. Matthew is a strong advocate for inter-denominational work and enjoys good relations with many other local churches and community groups.
Matthew holds a BA (Hons) in Theology and a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry from London Bible College (Brunel University) and he is a Baptist Union Accredited Minister.
CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Glenda Turner
Glenda joined CCB in 1993 and, in 2006, took on the role of part-time Church Administrator. In addition to this busy role, Glenda is a volunteer at First Steps and the Bookshop and her name can also be found on various other rotas!
Glenda came to faith at the age of 27, after a work colleague told her about Jesus. She has worked as a professional secretary and she is also a skilled dressmaker and seamstress. Glenda is married to James and they have three children, a few motorbikes and a passion for swing dancing!
DEACON: Roy Farrant (Church Secretary)
Roy and his wife Jan moved to the area and joined CCB in 2006. Roy was our secretary from 2010 to 2014 and again since 2020.
Roy is a Chartered Accountant by training and worked in practice for the last fifteen years, advising independent business owners. He is now semi-retired. He is treasurer for the Central Baptist Association.
Roy and his wife Jan both became Christians whilst at their church youth group. They have three adult children and four young but fast-growing grandchildren.
DEACON: Paul Hutchinson (Treasurer)
Paul joined CCB in 1986 and has held various roles within the church, including 10+ years as a Sunday School leader and youth worker. Paul has been a deacon three times, most recently elected in 2015.
Paul came to faith while he was at school, when a friend invited him along to a local Christian youth group. He is married to Judith and they have three children, all of whom grew up at CCB. Paul is a Chartered Engineer and has recently retired from his work within the aerospace industry. He is also the proud holder of a Blue Peter badge!
DEACON: Cameron Varley
Cameron joined Christ Church in 2017 and became a Deacon in 2020. He has a wide interest in youth work and evangelism, having himself become a Christian at the age of 30.
DEACON: Will Sime
Will has been at CCB for many years and has undertaken a huge range of different work. He was treasurer for many years.
Will recently rejoined the diaconate after several years. Now retired, he previously held senior roles within the NHS.
DEACON: Phil Carpenter
Phil has been at CCB for many years. He helps with the children and youth work and is one of our regular guitar players.
DEACON: Joy Cooper
A trained professional teacher, Joy regularly helps with our children's work