Church Leadership

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Please find below some information about our Ministers and FAITH Leaders*

Simon Hudson Simon Hudson (Senior Pastor)

Simon, his wife Lynda and their three children came to WBC in 2011 from New Park Road Baptist Church, London. Simon had previously worked as a chemistry teacher before feeling called to pastoral ministry. Simon trained at Spurgeon's College in London gaining an MTh degree focusing on 'eschatology' (the Christian doctrine that Jesus will physically return) for his dissertation. Simon became a Christian at the age of 5 and so is passionate about children's ministry and the simplicity of the Christian faith which is open to all. 
As a minister, Simon's vision is taken from Acts 20:20 - to get the Christian message into homes on a regular basis - and so he is always willing to visiting people to offer pastoral support and spiritual care. You can listen to his sermons on our resources page and, when time allows he blogs at Simon is also passionate about football - playing, coaching and supporting Blackburn Rovers!

Esther Mason Esther Mason (Minister with Youth and Community Portfolio)
Esther, along with husband Phil and their 3 teenagers has been part of WBC for many years. In September 2014 the church affirmed her call to train for pastoral ministry and a year later she was inducted as our Minister in Training. Having finished her training in the summer of 2018, Esther has been called as a part-time Minister for the coming year - with a particular focus on mentoring and supporting those involved in youth and community work.
Rachel Tole
Rachel Tole (FAITH Leader, Church Secretary)
Rachel grew up in a Christian family and was baptised at 16. She joined WBC in 2007 following a move from Nottinghamshire. Rachel has worked for the Baptist denomination for nearly 20 years – currently as the BU Loan Fund Officer and part of the BUGB Data Protection team. We also benefit from her many years’ experience of serving as church secretary. She even wrote a book in 2006 about church administration, called “Nothing Spiritual About Chaos”. She occasionally preaches and leads all-age services. When not doing church tasks, Rachel likes to travel and also enjoys walking. She and her husband of nearly 40 years, David, have two grown-up children living in Liverpool and Seattle.

Wendy Bridge

Wendy Bridge (FAITH Leader, Church Treasurer)
Wendy came from a non-Christian family but asked Jesus into her life at the age of 7 during the last series of Billy Graham campaigns in London. She was baptised at 17. She has a varied CV covering finance, publishing, people management and customer relations. For the past 10 years she has worked as a manager of volunteering at Helen & Douglas House hospice - a rewarding role in which she had to rely on God for strength. She has 2 adult daughters and enjoys time with family and friends. Wendy has been part of WBC for 18 years and had the privilege of helping with Sunday School and holiday clubs for many years. She is now a life group leader and Treasurer.

David Bright

David Bright (FAITH Leader)
(bio to follow)

Nick Gough

Nick Gough (FAITH Leader)
Nick has been a Christian since his early teens. He and his wife Sarah joined WBC in 2006 having moved into the area. They have two children of primary school age. He is a Geography teacher and also enjoys teaching both adults and teenagers about the Bible and the importance of integrating faith into the whole of life, particularly by promoting social justice and fighting inequality. Away from WBC he enjoys supporting Ipswich Town Football Club and Essex County Cricket club, playing chess, mountain walking, travelling, running the occasional marathon, and Star Wars.
Connor Mulholland Connor Mulholland (FAITH Leader)
Connor and his wife Sandra moved here from Belfast in 2011. He served with BMS World Mission in the late 1960s, is a retired Medic and fan of Tom Wright. Concerns: People, the Persecuted Church and the Planet.
Gale Parlett
Gale Parlett (FAITH Leader)
Gale was born in Eire and baptised and confirmed in the Church of Ireland. At 18 she joined the army in England and met a Christian soldier through whose testimony God challenged her to accept Jesus as her Saviour – as she did so the awareness of God’s love hit her with such force she had to be helped back to her quarters as if drunk! Gale's passions are prayer and to see God's people reach their potential in Jesus. Gale has been part of WBC since 1981 and has been involved in women’s ministry and prayer ministry, as well as using her extensive craft and upcycling skills to transform the building for holiday clubs and other events. She leads the Friday morning life group with Pastor Simon and helps with Oasis, holiday club and Toddlers. She and John have been married 42 years. They have grown up sons and grandchildren.

*FAITH Leaders

Following the church AGM of 19 March 2018 we have moved from having a group of "Deacons" with a portfolio of practical responsibilities, to a new group called "FAITH Leaders". They continue to serve as the Charity Trustees but their main role is to assist the pastors with the spiritual leadership, vision and pastoral care of the church.

A "FAITH Leader" should be full of faith (Acts 6:5; 11:24) as well as being full of the spirit (evidenced by fruit and gifts) and wisdom.

Approachable, Accountable, And with a God-given desire to serve in this role
Intercessors ... People of prayer
Truthful ... People who know the truths of faith
Honest ... Respected and active members of the church