Leadership

The Church Leadership Team is made up of the Pastor (vacant), the Elders and the Deacons. These are appointed by the Church Members at the Church Meeting, and also act as the Charity Trustees.

  • Elder - Cliff Andrews
    Cliff works as Supporting Communities Manager at Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, having previously worked for the Ivel Valley Countryside Project.  He grew up in a small Christian fellowship in Somerset, coming to faith as a child, being baptised at 13 and leading Christian Unions at College and University.  Cliff is married to Esther and has a son who attends Stratton Upper School.  Cliff enjoys gardening, DIY, running, and time away in the family caravan.
     
  • Elder - John Ingrey

    As a member of the Leadership Team at BBC for quite a few years, John has seen how through the ups and downs of church life the Lord has led and guided the fellowship to the opportunities we have now. He is a chartered mechanical engineer who thinks that the achievements of I K Brunel are still not fully appreciated and that steam engines really do have personalities! With a very patient wife, two sons, their families with 5 grandchildren, an allotment, a walking group, a shed and a greenhouse John is always surprised at how quickly time goes by!

  • Elder - Mike Sladen

    Mike is retired but doesn’t feel old. He became a believer in 1969 just after he turned 19 – you can work out the rest! He was a primary school headteacher and a secondary school senior leader. He loves working with children with additional needs and cares about the disadvantaged and disillusioned. He used to play cricket and now spends leisure time watching it when not doing the allotment. He supports Manchester City, particularly when they are winning. 

  • Deacon and Church Administrator - Alison Ertl

    Alison works for Biggleswade Baptist Church as the administrator, and she also runs the food bank. She grew up in a Christian family and became a Christian as a child. She is married to Peter and has a grown up son and lovely daughter-in-law. She says she dabbles in many hobbies, none of them very well!

  • Deacon - Ellen Andrews

    Ellen has been part of Biggleswade Baptist church for over 10 years. She is a part-time lower school teacher. Ellen is married with 2 children. She is part of the early years team at church and has a passion to support and care for mums (and dads) with young children. Ellen grew up in a Christian family where she grew to know and love the Lord Jesus. She loves walking, bird watching and all sorts of crafts.

  • Deacon - Michael Attwood

    Michael is a retired project manager in the electronics industry. He and his wife Lynn arrived in Biggleswade in 2015 to be closer to family living in Welwyn Garden City and Margate. Michael became a Christian in 1998 after attending an Alpha course.  His hobbies include reading, walking, watching nature programmes and flying model aircraft.

  • Deacon - Clare Botterill

    Clare works as a teaching assistant at a lower school and is a member of the children’s work team at church. She also enjoys working at Café Mocha, the community cafe in Biggleswade town centre.
    She is married with two children and has lived near Biggleswade for seven years. Clare became a Christian aged 13 through a friend inviting her to a youth group at church. Her hobbies include reading, boxercise, quizzes and following Arsenal FC.

  • Deacon - Gareth Godfrey

    Gareth moved to Biggleswade in 1995 from the north-east of Scotland and now considers this his home town. Having come to faith in his early teens, he has always tried to follow Jesus in his life. He is married to Helen and they have 3 children, for whom he is a wonderful taxi service. Outside of church and work, Gareth loves watching Rugby, Football and F1.

  • Deacon - Gill Reeves

    Gill is married, and has two grown up children. She enjoys golf, walking and pilates. She works part-time within the community of Biggleswade.

  • Deacon - Bill Swale

    Bill is a retired airframe engineer.  He is married with three daughters and nine grandchildren. He is keen on DIY, mens’ breakfasts and is on the the facilities group who look after the church buildings.

  • Deacon - Julian Thomas
  • Deacon - Kevin Wilkes

    Kevin is a senior consultant in software testing, working mainly in telecoms and e-commerce.  He has worked with young people in and around Biggleswade for many years, and ran the youth club at the church for over 30 years.  He is married with two grown up children and 5 grandchildren; he enjoys playing 5-a-side football, watching films and going on family holidays.