Who's Who

Meet the team

Pastors

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.

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Stephen Walker-Williams

Pastor - Team Leader

Stephen took on the role of Pastor Team-Leader in May 2021. 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.

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

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Jackie Buie

Pastor – Pastoral Care

Jackie joined the eldership team in 2013 and took on the role as a staff member as the Pastor for Pastoral Care. 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.

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Dave Criddle

Church Life Pastor

Dave has been a pastor at Gold Hill since 2014, and before that served in a few other capacities. As Church Life Pastor, he oversees the many different expressions of the life of our church, including gatherings, preaching and teaching, and ensuring all are able to grow as disciples, as followers of Jesus who are closer to Him and look more like Him. Dave is married to Natalie, and enjoys sailing, good food and running.

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James Simmons

Community Life Pastor

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.

Elders

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Stewart Bishop

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Anto Castle

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Johannes Etten

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Joyce Gledhill

Centre Manager

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Guy Parkin

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Steve Rayner

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John Sadler

Staff

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Maria Bond

Church Partnering Coordinator

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Natalie Criddle

Youth Worker

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Shona Hunter-Singh

Children's and Family Worker

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Andrew Seymour

Caretaker

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Liz Thorp

Financial Controller

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David Warren

Pastoral Team