God gives people to serve His church and He gives them gifts to achieve that.
He empowers us all to work together, as a very mixed group, to help every believer grow into all that God has designed them to be.
From among the members, He calls certain men to be elders, to ‘pastor/shepherd’ the church – through teaching, caring and having oversight (Acts 20:17-38, Tit 1:5-9, 1 Tim 3:1-7, 1 Pet 5:1-4).
We then have superb men and women who are recognised by the church to be deacons, serving in a multitude of ways.
We also have paid staff who enable the regular goings on; we have ministry leaders to oversee our activities and we have Life Group leaders who enable our community to grow together.
Our trustees play the invaluable role of giving us a wealth of professional and practical insight and experience, particularly for staffing, finance and premises hire.
We also receive encouragement and strength from our wider family in Commission, particularly from Heather and Guy Miller, who have been a kind of spiritual mum and dad to us over a number of years.
We currently have 2 elders (also known as pastors), who are responsible before God for the welfare of the church. They have been recognised by the church and appointed (with input from Commission) to provide oversight and care for those who are committed members of Westminster Chapel.
They meet regularly with a wider group, who we believe may become elders soon.
Stephen is a pre-analogue standard-bearer being gently propelled into the 21st century by God’s grace, a patient wife and children – and an expectation of great days ahead for the Chapel. Involved in Pastoral Care and (usually) bringing wisdom to various areas of the life of the church.
Andy joined the church in 2012 whilst learning to make science documentaries. He then felt God call him to be an intern at the church for a year, and has been here ever since! He’s married to Shan and has two giggly daughters. Alongside drinking lots of coffee in New Acre cafe, Andy oversees our delightful staff team and gets very excited about helping people to read the Bible.
Our deacons are men and women who have faithfully shown themselves to love and serve the church in numerous ways. They bring incredible experience and insight to our church decision-making and direction.
The elders and the deacons meet regularly to discuss and discern the health of the church.
Our wonderful staff team serve the church with their numerous gifts and skills. We have a mix of part-time and full-time people who do a lot of the day to day stuff that helps keep our ministries going.
As you can see, we have a variety of gifts and roles on the team – if you want to get in touch with anyone about their area of expertise just click their name and send them an email.