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.

Leadership

The church employs a team of 4 pastors of which Stephen Walker-Williams is the team leader.

Stephen
Pastor Team Leader

David Criddle

Dave Criddle
Church Life Pastor

James Simmons

James Simmons
Community Pastor

Jackie Buie
Pastor for Pastoral Care

Joyce Gledhill

Joyce Gledhill
Manages the Hub and all that goes on in it

Stephen, Dave, James, Jackie and Joyce form the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church.

Gold Hill Baptist Church is a registered charity with 6 trustees:

John Sadler
Chair

Stewart Bishop

Anto Castle

Johannes Etten

Guy Parkin

Steve Rayner

The spiritual leadership of the church falls to the “elders”, a team currently made up of the SLT plus the 6 trustees. The eldership is responsible for the spiritual and pastoral oversight of the church, and its longer-term direction. A church council comprising various ministry leads from across the church support the strategic leadership of the church and the implementation of its vision.

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 Malcolm Irving, Chris Gledhill and Mark Rayner.

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 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 is responsible for coordinating external ministry from the church. This includes aspects of the South Bucks Network. This is a network of Baptist churches, which work together to provide mutual support and encouragement. Maria also leads a team who visit other local churches to lead services and preach.

Liz Thorp is Finance Manager.

Andrew Seymour is caretaker for The Hub.

Natalie Criddle is the Youth Worker

Shona Hunter-Singh is the Children’s Worker

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.

Key Individuals

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

Dave Metcalfe, who leads our work with Seniors

Avtar Hunter-Singh who heads up Youth and Children’s ministries, managing Natalie and Shona.

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 café in Chalfont St Peter.

Anything else?

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