Leadership

Meet the people who lead key aspects of our church’s work. Of course there are so many people who work really hard in so many areas, and more details about who does what can also be found here.

Stephen Walker-Williams

Stephen has led the church since May 2021. His passion is to help people find their way back to God and see their lives changed by Jesus. His focus is building a reproducing church – where people whose lives have been restored are released to reach others with a message of Good News. He says:

“If you feel that there may be more to life than you’re currently enjoying, then I’d love to chat. I know the difference Jesus can make in individuals, in families, and ultimately in the wider community.”

Stephen and Nicki met and married at Gold Hill and have three young children. Prior to joining the staff at Gold Hill, Stephen was the Deputy Head of a local school. He enjoys cooking, reading and running marathons (slowly).

Jackie Buie

Jackie leads a team that aims to enable all those involved in the life of the church to receive the best possible care and support when it’s needed so that they can grow as followers of Jesus. She says:

“If you’re going through a tough time, then don’t hesitate to contact me. We want this church to be an environment where everyone can be honest about how they’re doing, and where you don’t have to hide behind a mask. But that, for us all, is a journey of trust.”

Jackie has been part of Gold Hill since 1987. Having worked overseas as a mission partner she then trained as a counsellor before joining the staff to oversee the Pastoral care of the church in 2013. She was ordained as a Baptist minister in 2017. She is married to Andy who continues as a mission partner with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She is also a mum and grandmother.

David Criddle

Dave Criddle

Dave has been part of Gold Hill since 2012 when he joined us as an intern and never left! Now part of our leadership team, Dave has a big focus on discipleship and trying to make sure everything we do as a church can help people get to know Jesus better and follow Him more closely. He says:

“Whoever you are, I believe God has a purpose for your life and that He wants to help you discover what that is. Whatever your next step is to take, we would love to help you and be with you as you take it.”

Dave is married to Natalie (who also works for the church as our Youth Worker), and they live in Chalfont St Peter with their two cats. In his free time, Dave enjoys running, sailing, reading and cooking (and sharing) good food.

James Simmons

James Simmons

James oversees the church’s developing work in our community along with various other areas of leadership and ministry. He says:

“Chalfont St Peter and the surrounding area is a great place to live and work. My hope and dream is to see all those in our community flourish. Please join me in exploring how we can make this a reality”

James moved to Chalfont St Peter in 1978, he went to the local Schools and grew up at Gold Hill, and it was here that God called him into full-time church ministry. He trained and then served as a youth worker for 13 years in Reading, before being called back to Gold Hill by God to serve here again. James has served in many areas of church and community life. He is married to Helen and has two children – Sophie and Joshua. He enjoys supporting Watford FC, eating out and catching up with friends and family.

Joyce Gledhill

Joyce Gledhill

Joyce looks after The Hub centre and makes sure that all activities which take place there are coordinated and supported. If you’re passing by you’d be very welcome to pop in and she can answer any questions you might have. She says:

“If you’re passing by the Hub, please drop in and say hello! Whether you need answers to a question or just want a chat, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.”

Joyce started coming to the Toddler Group at Gold Hill over 30 years ago, and has stayed ever since! Having worked in Market Research for over 30 years, she joined the staff team in 2009. Joyce is married to Chris, has 3 grown-up sons (and one gorgeous grandson!) and loves sport, music, cooking, theatre and chatting.

Shona Hunter-Singh

Shona leads our ministry with families and children. She is passionate about children developing their own relationship with God, experiencing life in all its fulness and thriving in all that God made them to be.

“I want to shatter the myth that children’s experience of God is somehow of less value than that of adults. At Gold Hill, as in the Bible, God uses children to teach us deep truths, and I love being part of releasing that in them.”

Shona grew up in the area and has always been embedded in community life. She loves theatre and singing. She joined the team at Gold Hill after studying in Bournemouth at Moorlands College where she now guest-lectures from time to time.

Natalie Criddle

Natalie leads the youth work for all those who are in secondary school years, so everyone from aged 11 to 18. She leads a brilliant team who run lots of things going on for them.

“I love the young people here, and it’s an honour to serve them. I want to see more and more young people thriving, discovering their God-given identity and stepping out in boldness and faith. If that sounds like an adventure you’d like to join in with, I’d love to meet you!”

Natalie has been part of Gold Hill since she was 16, and has been serving as our Youth Worker since the start of 2019. She is also a qualified Counsellor, and loves to bake, be by the sea and spend time with good friends.