Phil Arthur became a Christian in his teens. After taking a history degree at Cambridge University he returned to his native North East, where he taught history for 14 years, first in a High School and then in a Further Education College in a New Town on the Durham Coast named Peterlee. During this time, sensing a call to the Christian ministry, he undertook a course of training with the Evangelical Movement of Wales and was increasingly involved in preaching, both in his home church and in other local churches. In 1988 he moved across the Pennines to become the first Pastor of Grace Baptist Church. He has had the privilege of being involved in various other ministries over the years and currently serves on the committee of the Westminster Conference, The UK trust of Christian Compassion Ministries and teaches part of the Church History syllabus at London Seminary.
Phil is married to Barbara and they have three grown up sons, two of whom still live at home. On Saturdays he awaits the result of Sunderland’s weekly tussle in the Premier League, usually with trepidation.
Jeff was raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He trained at the Baptist Seminary in Cape Town after which he pastored a church for three years. Since coming to England in 2002, he has been involved in youth ministry. Jeff is married to Louise and they have two children: Hope and Lucas.He is sports enthusiast and enjoys photography.
Mike is one of the founder members of the Church which was constituted in 1982. He came from a non Christian family but was brought to Christ in 1964 through attending a Christian Endeavour meeting at a local Baptist Church.
He attended Salford University, qualified as an Environmental Health Officer and continued to work in the Local Government sector for 39 years. He moved on from Environmental Health to become a recognised expert in waste collection and disposal and in 2002 was appointed Chief Executive of South Lakeland District Council. He retired in 2007 and now spends his time serving the church, using his skills to support local charities and pursuing his passion for gardening.
Mike is married to Joan and has two adult children Simon who lives in Nottingham and Sarah who resides in Worsley Manchester. They have one grandson Samson.
I was born in 1958 in Yuka Hospital of Kalabo District in the then British Protectorate of Barotseland, now Western Province of Zambia. My parents were Daniel Sitali Siyoto and Mututwa Sitali. I am the last born in a family of seven.
I went to various schools and colleges both in Zambia and UK. My first job was at the age of 12, I worked as a Gardener for my primary school during school holidays. I am currently serving the people of Lancashire as a Community Support Worker.
I came to the saving knowledge of my Saviour Jesus Christ in 1976 at the age of 18. He has kept me since and faithful to me.
Steve has been a member of the Church from its early days. He was brought up to attend church from infancy but it was only in his mid-teens that the reality and enormity of the death of Jesus Christ came home to him, and he came to saving faith.
He has been a local government officer for 32 years and is married to Sarah. They have two grown-up children, Matthew and Ruth.
In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, listening to folk and acoustic blues music, and gardening.