Meet the team
At Gold Hill, we have four pastors, each responsible for different areas of church life. In addition to being pastors, each is an elder, and along with the wider eldership (below) form the leadership of the whole church.
Interim Pastor - Team Leader
Stephen took on the role of Interim Pastor Team-Leader in June 2020, after being the GH Pastor for Missional Life for since 2013. He has a passion for helping people find their way back to God and seeing lives changed by Jesus. As part of this new role he leads both the Eldership and Staff Team, reshaping and releasing them to implement the vision to reach, restore and release people in Jesus’ name, and for the church to do the same.
With his wife Nicki, Stephen planted and has led Hope Community Church, which meets in a local school in the village. During this interim position he will continue to lead Hope and will be discerning, with the people there, what God’s direction is for them.
Nicki and Stephen have three young children, Myla, Kaira and Theo. Prior to joining the staff team Stephen was the Deputy Head at a local school. He enjoys cooking, reading and running marathons (slowly).
Pastor – Pastoral Care & Counselling
Jackie joined the eldership team in 2013 and took on the role as a staff member as the Pastoral Team Leader. Within this role Jackie aims, along with the pastoral care team to facilitate the best support we can give to all the members of the church, especially when they are going through periods of difficulty in their lives. As a professional counsellor she is also involved with the ‘Hope Counselling Services’. Jackie was ordained a Baptist minister in 2017 after three years studying with Regents Park College, Oxford. None of this would be possible without the support of her husband Andy who works with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Pastor – Discipleship & Teaching
Dave became one of the Pastors at Gold Hill in September 2014 having previously been an intern and ministry assistant with us. As Discipleship and Teaching Pastor, he leads our preaching and teaching ministry, and is responsible for all of the ways we aim to help people to grow in their understanding of Jesus, deepen their relationship with Jesus and strengthen the ways they can serve Jesus and help to build His Kingdom. Dave is married to Natalie, and enjoys sailing, good food and getting out on his unicycle.
Pastor – Community Life
James grew up at Gold Hill, and it was here that God called him into full time church ministry. After finishing school he trained and then served as a youth worker for 13 years in a church in Reading, before being called back to Gold Hill by God to serve here again. In his role now, he oversees the church’s developing work in our community along with various other areas of leadership and ministry. In particular, he is involved with our current Hub Heart Home project. James is married to Helen and has two children – Sophie and Joshua.