How Gold Hill Operates

The purpose of this page is to explain how the church operates, how decisions are made and who are the key individuals who lead the church.


The two pastors, together with the Children and Youth Minister, form the Strategic Leadership Team, responsible for day-to-day operations of the church and leading things forward.

Pastor – Team Leader
(Responsible for overall vision implementation, and specifically ‘Restore and Release’ aspects of the Church’s activity)

James Simmons

James Simmons
Community Pastor
(responsible for ‘Reach’ aspects of the church’s activity and the Hub being used as a community facility)

Shona Hunter-Singh
Children and Youth Minister.

The spiritual leadership of the church falls to the “elders”, a team currently made up of the pastors, and a number of non-staff elders. The eldership is responsible for the spiritual and pastoral oversight of the church, and its longer-term direction.

Marion Lugard
Elder with specific involvement in Pastoral Care

Jenny Oliphant
Elder with specific involvement in Disciple Multiplication

Anto Castle
Elder overseeing Children and Youth Ministry


A Church Council comprising various ministry leads from across the church support the strategic leadership of the church and the implementation of its vision.

Gold Hill Baptist Church is a registered charity. Stephen is the chair of trustees and is joined by some current and former non-staff elders (Guy, Anto and Stewart) on the board of trustees of the Church.

Legal structure

There is a separate charity called Gold Hill Church Trust (GCHT), which raises funds for Gold Hill Baptist Church, including arranging Gift Aid, and passes all its income to the church. The trustees of GHCT are Chris Gledhill, Mark Rayner and Richard Barrett.

The church is affiliated with the Baptist Union and is a member of the Evangelical Alliance.

There is a constitution that defines the concept of church membership. Most committed members of the church family are also formal members of the church under the constitution. Regular formal meetings of church members are held and the constitution requires certain key decisions to be taken by votes held at such meetings. These include the appointment of pastors and elders and significant financial decisions. The main aim of these meetings is not to ‘do business’ but to collectively discern what Jesus is saying.

The church is also a Company Limited by Guarantee registered with Companies House The directors of the company are the charity trustees, plus Stephen Walker-Williams. Joyce Gledhill is the company secretary.

Other employees

The church has other employees.

Maria Bond

Maria Bond is Personal Assistant to Stephen Walker-Williams

Liz Thorp

Liz Thorp is Finance Manager.

Andrew Seymour

Andrew Seymour is caretaker for The Hub.

Helen SW

Helen Sanderson-White is Ministry Administrator.

Sue Pole

Sue Pole is Bookings and Safeguarding Administrator

The Cross Cultural Team

Gold Hill has a long history of supporting missionaries who move into other cultures to share the gospel. We currently support about 13 individuals and families who are working in this way. Details are available to church members. The Cross Cultural Team (CCT) oversees this aspect of Gold Hill’s ministry.

The Cross Cultural Team is chaired by Bob Willatt. You can find out more about this team and the work they enable here.

Key Individuals

Other key individuals who play a leading role in the church include:

Richard Barret who is church treasurer.

Avtar Hunter-Singh is deacon for Youth and Children..

Paul Thomas who leads the technical team responsible for sound and light in the Hub and streaming of services.

Fiona Thomas who runs Unique Like You, the creative ministry based in the Hub.

Steve Pendray who is deacon for communication.

Danny Allen who is deacon for the discipleship pathway.

Daniel Castle who is deacon for creation care.

Stuart Oliphant who is deacon for micro-churches.

Dawn Skingle who is deacon overseeing the Fellowship Fund.

Anything else?

If you want to find out more about the operation of the church then please ask.