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 four pastors of which Stephen Walker-Williams is the team leader. The pastors, together with our Centre Manager and the Children and Youth Minister, form the Strategic Leadership Team, responsible for day-to-day operations of the church and leading things forward.

Stephen
Pastor – Team Leader

Jackie Buie
Pastor for Pastoral Care

David Criddle

Dave Criddle
Church Life Pastor

Joyce Gledhill

Joyce Gledhill
Centre Manager

James Simmons

James Simmons
Community Pastor

Gold Hill Baptist Church is a registered charity. Stephen is the chair of trustees, and there are three other trustees:

Stewart Bishop

Anto Castle

Guy Parkin

The spiritual leadership of the church falls to the “elders”, a team currently made up of the pastors, the Centre Manager and the three non-staff 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 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 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 Personal Assistant to Stephen Walker-Williams

Liz Thorp is Finance Manager.

Andrew Seymour is caretaker for The Hub.

Shona Hunter-Singh is our Children and Youth Minister.

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:

John Sadler who is church treasurer.

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