Coffee and Theology

DanielOver the next few weeks we have coffee connoisseur and theological student Daniel Caballero working here at NBBC again. He is here gaining pastoral experience and helping out before returning home to Peru (Paddington Bear) after his Masters Degree at the John Owen Centre as a UFM missionary.

This Sunday he is preaching from 1 John 4 on the love of God, do come, and on Tuesday, he will be speaking here about the work in Peru.

You can hear the first message here: What is love?

The second message is here: Don’t waste your life

The third session was on Daniel’s: Training vision

Rachel’s return

NBBC Member, Rachel Martin, has just returned from her eighth trip with Reach Out Bulgaria. The charity is a compassion ministry which engages with the plight of the disabled inmates of the state orphanages in that impoverished Country. You can read Rachel’s full report by downloading the document here: Bulgaria 2012.



My name is Ben Midgley and I was called here as Pastor to NBBC with Sian my wife, and our four children  in January 2007 from Wales, having recently finished studies at the London Theological Seminary.

Previously I had been involved in a business management career, though my actual degree was in Fine Art from Southampton. Originally from London, I came to faith in Jesus in the late 80’s through friends at University.

I have been greatly encouraged and privileged in the work here, and had the joy of seeing people come to faith, be baptised, join the Church, share communion, grow in service, rise to lead, and also go with confidence to meet their God.

Leading the Church however, is never the work of only one person. I am a firm believer in the Biblical model of leadership that involves the whole membership in decision making, and which trains, seeks out, and recognises, other Elders and Deacons to help direct and manage the whole business of Church life. I am very thankful that the Lord has placed gifted people around me here in the membership who challenge, and encourage me, and take a significant share the work.

Our Elders are:

walterWalter Burgess, is an able speaker himself who liaises with our Deaconate. Walter is supported by his wife Jane.



Phil Taylor, is the principle coordinator for evangelism and mission here. Supported by his wife Hana and their
kids. Hana runs our busy tiddler’s group.



Richard Haddow, is Church Secretary and runs many of our Christianity Explored , Discipleship Explored and CAP courses, he is supported by his wife Catherine and their children. Catherine is involved in women’s ministry.

Our Deacons are:

Rachel Martin, who oversees the Church’s general housekeeping. Rachel is also involved in a compassion ministry in Bulgaria which we support too.

Roy Illott, a chartered surveyor, who is responsible for the Church’s buildings, with the support of his wife Sandy.

Gwen Kearley, who oversees children and families work. Gwen works helping Churches develop children’s work full time and is also set apart one day a week by us to work in local schools to bring the message of Jesus to the classroom.

Glyn Coy, is a Trustee and our treasurer, and also an active service leader and member of the music team alongside his son. Glyn is married to Daniela and they have three kids.

Chris Morgan is neither an elder nor Deacon, but is an evangelist whose outreach work we support as a Church. Chris does open air work in City Centres, as well as more locally and door to door work. Chris’ wife Paula plays flute in the music group.

This is just a snapshot – one body, many parts.