Funeral notice

Jim Lanfear’s funeral will take place at North Bradley Baptist Church on Friday, 1st November at 12 noon, followed by the internment at the Church cemetery.

New Life

baptism glynEaster, as Richard Dawkins rightly said, is a pagan name for a festival that most other languages render more closely to the original ‘Passover’, or ‘Pesah’ which of course was the festival taking place in Israel at the time Jesus was Continue reading “New Life”

New Elders, Deacons, and Members.

Last night the Church met to make use of the new Church Rules which we agreed at our previous meeting. These set out more clearly the distinctive roles of Elders, and Deacons, but also clarified issues over membership. As a result we had the nomination of three Elders to consider, three for Deacons, eight new members, and five junior members.

I am very happy to say, all nominations were warmly endorsed.

You can read a brief profile of our leadership team here: Leaders.

Constitution Sunday

Last Sunday was actually quite a historic day in the life of NBBC.

Due in part to the need to comply with current Charity Commission regulations, and also for our own internal ease, it became clear that we were needing to significantly update our Church Rules, and adopt for the first time a proper Constitution. Continue reading “Constitution Sunday”


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.