The leadership structure of Addlestone Baptist Church consists of one full-time minister, supported by a diaconate.
Currently there are four members on the diaconate, each serving in different ways within the fellowship, as well as seeking to discern God's direction for us as His witnesses in Addlestone town.
Rev. Ben Fortescue (Minister)
Ben and his wife, Katrina, joined Addlestone Baptist Church in February 2010, having both completed theology degrees at the London School of Theology. They have two sons (Findlay and Harvey).
Ben's passion for the church is to see it grow in maturity by enabling people to discover and utilise their unique giftings in the service of Christ. Coming from a graphic design background, Ben is also keen to see the full scope of creativity used by the church in its worship of Christ and service to the local community. Having completed a Masters degree in Biblical Interpretation (Hermeneutics) Ben also has a passion to see Scripture being fully integrated into everyday life, believing that Scripture truly is the Word of God and ultimately life-giving.
Katrina's theology degree focused specifically on the theology of worship. As a gifted musician, Katrina has often found God using her to lead His people in sung worship.
Katrina and Ben both share a love for good food, gardening and country walks.
You can contact Ben by clicking here, or contact Katrina by clicking here.
Brian Channell (Church Secretary)
Brian has attended Addlestone Baptist Church since he was born, growing up through the Sunday school and Brigades. In June 1981 he married Jacquie, whom he had met at the ABC youth club. And by God’s provision, they were able to set up home and remain in the area, continuing to worship at ABC, unlike many of their contemporaries. Eventually theirr family grew with the birth of two daughters, Emma & Kerri, and one stillborn son, Daniel, whose short existence, Brian would testify, God used to strengthen their faith, understanding and reliance on Him.
Ever since Brian became a Christian he had a strong desire to serve God in some way and when asked to stand as a Deacon many years ago it very much fitted in with what he believe to be a calling from God, a desire that not only drives hime to be obedient in serving our Lord, but to be of service to all at ABC, whether that be in practical or spiritual matters. Through God's grace, Brian is equipped with gifts of leadership, service and administration which God has used for the building up of the fellowship and glorifying of His name. God is continuing, via the working of His Holy Spirit, to develop these and other gifts in Brian, not for Brian's self gratification but that glory and praise might be given to Him.
Brian comments, "In the past year as a fellowship we have with the help of the Holy Spirit and much prayer started to define how we express our community and I am very excited about where God has been leading us, and feel very strongly that He has been preparing us individually and as a whole fellowship for something new."
You can contact Brian by clicking here.
Sarah White (Church Treasurer)
Having moved to Addlestone in the 1980s Sarah and her husband, John, began worshipping at Addlestone Baptist Church and both came into membership in 1991. During this time they have seen our three daughters grow up believing in Christ and, like them, feeling part of the church family.
Since being at ABC Sarah has enjoyed serving in a number of ways. She was a Sunday School teacher, helped run holiday clubs, Saturday morning clubs and was part of the leadership team that launched the Little Oaks Parent and Toddler group. She has always had a heart for the children's and youth work within ABC and has helped wherever necessary.
"It has been a real privilege to see some of the young people continue in their faith having left Sunday School and I look forward to seeing more do likewise in the future," Sarah comments. "Addlestone has been our home for the past three decades and I have grown to love the town. There is a real sense of community, particularly within our immediate neighbourhood. I have developed good relationships with many of my neighbours, and these relationships have shown there is a great opportunity to make a difference by making Christ known through the local church. I hope that we can continue to serve this community in ways that make Christ's gospel message known."
You can contact Sarah by clicking here.
Lucy and her husband, Graham, moved to Addlestone in 1999, and became members of ABC in 2001. With the arrival of their son, Sam, Lucy became involved in crèche and also Trailblazers (a ‘juniors’ group). She was also involved helping with Saturday lunches for some time, until Hannah, their second child, came along. Since then, Lucy has continued to be involved with the youth work, first as a helper with JCs Army, and now sharing in the group's leadership alongside Gordon Larsen.
Through her work with people with life-long disabilities and their carers / families Lucy is very aware of people on the fringes, and have a heart to see people included.
"I love the diversity that is already evident at church," says Lucy, "through the broad age range, a variety of backgrounds and many cultural differences. All of which brings such richness to the fellowship, and crosses over boundaries and prejudices. It is up to us to reach out to people to make them feel included, and negotiate changes in church that will help make this happen."
You can contact Lucy by clicking here.