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Church Leaders and Responsibilities

Baptists believe that, under God, the government of the local church is best done by church members meeting together in a spirit of prayer and friendship to discuss and agree on what God wants them to do. In a Baptist Church every member is encouraged to be involved and use their gifts.

The Church Meeting appoints the minister and a group of deacons to take responsibility for day-to-day spiritual and practical leadership of the church.

Get to know your Leaders and Deacons!

Tim Williamson - Minister

tim williamson smallTim has been our minister since 2014 when he joined us from Winchester Baptist Church. He has previously been a minister in Glasgow and Godmanchester. He is married to Cherie and they have two children, Amber & Harry. Tim has a passion to see God's people enabled and equipped for personal mission in reaching out to those around them. Originally from Lancaster, He studied Theology at Birmingham Bible Institute (91-93) and also has an M.A. in Missional Theology and Leadership. He enjoys Chinese food, everything outdoorsy, especially cycling and football, but most of all loves to spend time with the most amazing family on earth. He supports, as any conscientious Christian should do, Preston North End.

Michelle Gore - Church Administrator

michelle-smallMichelle has recently been appointed as the new Church Administrator. Her main duties are to provide administrative support to the Leadership Team. She is also responsible for agendas and minutes of church meetings, communication among church groups, chapelyard administration and the hire of the church premises. She is delighted to be able to serve the Church family in this way.

Michelle is married to Rob and has three girls; Mili, Jessica and Poppy. Michelle enjoys working with different groups within the Church including Sunday School and the Beacon Cafe. She also helps run 1st Bluntisham Brownies.

She works at the church office Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9am-1pm. You can contact her by telephone on 01487 843538 or by email

Wayne Carlson - Spiritual and Pastoral Oversight Deacon

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Wayne was born in the USA, but met his wife, Glenna while serving in the US Air Force while in England. They were married in 1968. They have three grown up children and four grandchildren. Wayne became a Christian at the age of 10½ while attending a Bible camp. He attended a Bible College in the USA and returned to England in 1972 to serve God. He became a pastor/elder for the St Ives Christian Fellowship in 1983 until his retirement in 2009. He felt it was right to worship in another Church and started attending Bluntisham Baptist Church in December 2009 and became a member in May 2011.

Wayne's desire is to see Christians reading the Bible and living the Christian faith in their homes and places of work. He helps run a Christian Book Stall on the Monday Market in St Ives.

John Holmes - Spiritual and Pastoral Oversight Deacon

Deacons John 5355 smallJohn was married to Joy in 1969, has three children, and four grandchildren. He was baptised in 1987, moving to St. Ives in 1989 and joining the church in Bluntisham. He helps leading worship, part of the Money Advice Centre and welcoming teams, and helps in the café.

He retired some years ago after spending over 40 years working in transport both in the private and public sectors. He was also involved in work on the new developments. He is now a director of the Baptist Union Corporation and Shared Churches (Ely), an ecumenical body seeking to provide faith buildings in Cambridgeshire's new communities He is also a trustee of the Connections Bus Project, a mobile youth project and occasionally drives their bus.

Aside from his interest in transport and community building, he is a football supporter, a season ticket holder at Leicester City.

Catrin Horrex - Spiritual and Pastoral Oversight Deacon, Deacon for Safeguarding

Deacons Catrin smallCatrin is married to Dan and they have three daughters. They moved to Bluntisham in 2007 and quickly became involved in the life of Bluntisham Baptist Church.

A teacher by trade, Catrin loves enabling others to develop and grow.  Spare time is taken up with singing in the local ladies choir, chilling out with friends and caring for the family guinea pigs.

 

Claire Everett - Deacon for Fellowship

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Claire is married to Rob and they have two girls, Sophie and Katie. They live in St Ives and started coming to Bluntisham Baptist Church in 2009, where they were touched by the warm and friendly welcome they received.

She enjoys being part of a number of groups at church including Sunday school, the worship team, Little Fishes and Space. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing and teaching piano and is a fan of a good curry.

Fellowship is about many things, but Claire feels it is primarily about building and developing relationships and community. At the heart of this is the need to encourage one another and build each other up in love.

It is her hope that with God’s help we would continue to strive to be a warm and inclusive church family that looks both to support and serve one another and to welcome others and actively engage in our local community.

Janet Harris - Deacon for Children and Youth

Deacons JanetJanet moved to Cambridgeshire about 15 years ago with her husband Graham and now grown up children Jack and Grace.

She became a Christian in her mid twenties and has taken an active part in church life both here at Bluntisham and previously in Essex where she was born and lived until moving into Cambridgeshire. Janet has continued to play an active part in the service of God here at Bluntisham Baptist Church in a variety of ways.
She has been a secondary school teacher for most of her career but 10 years ago became part of the Youth Service with the Local Authority.

Janet says: "I am really looking forward to managing the children and youth work at our church. We have a tremendous group of all age young people, with willing members who teach and nurture them every Sunday. My vision is to support that work and extend it so that all our young people feel valued, respected and most of all want to follow the Christian way of life"

Katy Horrocks - Deacon for Worship

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Katy has been worshipping with us since 2003 and immediately knew this is where God wanted her and her family to be. She is married to Mike and has two teenage sons, Jack and Aaron.

Katy is a primary school teacher in Somersham, but when she's not in the classroom she loves baking, gardening and playing the saxophone - but not all at the same time!

She has been part of the worship team for several years and is passionate about helping people to praise and worship God.

Malcolm Lee - Deacon for Mission

Deacons Malcolm 5367 smallMalcolm lives in the Wood End part of the village having moved to Bluntisham in 1983. Married to Lynn and they have 3 grown up children who are all away at university (sometimes) Malcolm works in scientific sales and marketing and in his spare time he enjoys football and golf with the hope of taking up fishing again soon.

Malcolm is involved in world mission and a regular visitor to Albania on various mission tours. Mission is something which changes the lives of all those who are involved and has become a passion that we need to continue to develop.

Allan Moore - Discipleship and Homegroups

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Allan has a wonderful and loving partner in Jenny. He is also Dad to Amy and Jamie.

His day job involves sports turf maintenance - mainly in a football setting - which currently takes him to various locations around the world.

Allan’s faith developed about eight years ago and he was baptised three years ago.

Since then he has regularly attended Finders Home Group and has found that to be a valuable place to develop and deepen his faith. Recognising the importance of Home Group in his own faith, he is keen to make sure that there is every opportunity for others to acknowledge the value of midweek fellowship and to feel welcome at any of the existing Home Groups - or to be empowered to create new ones. The Church also aims to equip people to be disciples wherever they are, not just in a church setting. Allan has taken part in mission trips to Albania and the Ukraine - experiences that have helped with his perspective on life.

Allan prefers to have real to fake and would rather have honesty than perception. Take a look under your bonnet; it’s amazing how spiritual it can be!

Phil Taylor - Deacon for Fabric and Facilities

Deacons Phil 0778 smallPhil is married to Julie and they have three children; Jamie, Sam and Ella. They have lived in Bluntisham since 1999. Phil works in the banking industry and helps companies with their international trade.

Despite working in financial services, Phil likes to be practical; be this building patios, fitting kitchens, or generally repairing things. He loves food – both cooking and eating! He enjoys cycling, but admits that he needs to turns the pedals more often to get fit.

Following a Holiday Bible Club celebration service, Phil says he felt a real sense of belonging within the fellowship and attended the next Alpha course with Julie. He was baptised on Easter Sunday 2008. He is part of the Technical Team, a Sunday School helper and lately part of the Media Team.

Phil says "Coming to faith in Christ has had an immense impact on me - I would love to use my experience to help bring others to faith".

Peter Thatcher - Deacon for Finance and Personnel

Deacons Peter SmallPeter is married to Helen and they have three grown up sons Nick, Ben and Adam. They moved to Bluntisham in 2010, immediately feeling a sense of belonging and purpose in both the church and village. "We truly believe that God brought us here for a reason."

Peter is a Chartered Accountant, although has spent most of his professional life running his own business providing training in finance, business and management skills. In his spare time, when he manages to avoid the garden chores, Peter spends all the time he can with any or all of his three sons, which typically involves something to do with sport, and he has even come out of retirement to join other church members, and his sons, playing football on a Wednesday night.

Before moving to Bluntisham, Peter was heavily involved in the leadership of an ecumenical church in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire and feels that it is important that Christians work closely together to communicate God’s message.