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Deacons

Pictures and details of our deacons for 2016


Karl Yabsley, David Foster,  Norman Robinson, Dick Rathbone, Jane White,  Evelyn Golder Yvonne Campbell, Sally-ann Jackson, Ruth Manson,  Theresa Nichols.


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Yvonne Campbell

I was brought up in a Christian home and attended Abbeyhill Baptist Church in Edinburgh from toddler to teenage years.


Subsequently I attended various other churches sporadically, but never really settled anywhere. I began coming regularly to SBC in 1999 and attended the Alpha and then Beta courses, which I found particularly helpful in moving me on in my relationship with God, although it was 2007 before I finally felt sure enough to be baptised. I have always been passionate about mission and justice issues and have found it very fulfilling to have been a member of the Global Action Team for the past 6 years. I have also served on the Finance committee since 2009.


I am the SBC trustee on the Croydon Churches Floating Shelter board and being a "morning person" most often do the breakfast slot here. I do voluntary work with Asylum Seekers at the Gatwick detention centre and my day job is in IT. 


Ruth Manson

Evelyn Golder

Dick Rathbone

Norman Robinson

In 1987 I started my work experience at a very large trading company in Jamaica where I met a beautiful young Christian lady.  


In 1990 she invited me to an evangelistic crusade at Phillipo Baptist Church but although initially I refused I eventually went to church with two agendas (1) to see her (2) to quiet my conscience, not knowing what the Lord had in store for me. Now I understand when the woman at the well said, ‘Come and see a man…’


I met that man, Jesus Christ, gave my life to him and got    baptised.  Three years later I married that young woman (Sherine) and we have a  wonderful daughter, Kimberly.


We joined SBC in 2010 by God’s intervention; we were on our way to Croham Baptist when we spotted SBC on the hill. The welcome from Ruth Manson was overwhelming and warm, and in 2011 we   became members.


Why SBC? – the love and warmth of the members; the love and involvement for/with children; the preaching/ teaching of the Word makes worship fun and enthralling.


In Jamaica we were mostly involved with young people and were part of the evangelistic team.  At SBC I assisted with the floating shelter and recently the Youth group in Sunday Club and give a helping hand to set up the church for events.


I’m a regular at Parkrun with Andy and the crew. Sherine and I have been asked to organise the Alpha course at SBC.


I am a Chartered Accountant and my hobbies are all sports.


My passion in church is about spreading the gospel and working with young people. For me it’s very important that our lifestyle reflects that of Christ.


I will try my best to uphold the values and virtues of Christ and then transfer that into my responsibility, role and obligation to the members whom we are here to serve.

I was born and brought up in South Wales and became a Christian in my early teens. Peter and I first joined SBC in 1987, moved to Cardiff for 12 years in 1992 and returned to Selsdon to retire ten years ago.


I value the opportunity given me tobe Pastoral Care Co-ordinator. I am constantly aware of what a privilege it is to walk alongside others in their journeys through joys, struggles or sorrows. I love welcoming newcomers and it is a joy to watch people find a spiritual home in our church family.


Homegroups are a vital part of our life together and I value the fellowship of the group to which I belong and another newish one that I lead. It is good to be part of a church with

all-round values expressed in so wide a variety of ways.


Being alongside Peter in his various ministries, I have been privileged to see God at work in the lives of individuals, churches, ministers and their families, and in the wider work of the denomination.


For most of my career I was a part-time teacher in mainstream primary schools working with children with special needs. I enjoy being a grandma to my five grandchildren.

Sally-ann Jackson

I have been attending Selsdon Baptist regularly for around eight years. I do not come from a Christian background but after attending both an Alpha and Beta course, I was baptised. My husband Colin and daughter Yasmin are also Christians and both have been baptised.


God has done amazing things in my life and I have been truly blessed by his mercy and grace in difficult times.


I have a passion for helping with the youth and often help lead Gravity on Sunday mornings. I have recently started a new home group called E3 for the youth in Rock Solid and Gravity and value the time spent with them in our home. I believe that God has a incredible plan for our youth which will allow them to lead the way for our church.


In my work life, I am the assistant registrar at Spurgeon's College and have the pleasure to engage withstudents, and in some small way be part of their journey.

Theresa Nichols - Church Secretary

Theresa is our hard working Church Secretary. She tries to ensure everything that needs doing gets done!

My background is Anglican and in my teens I spent time in an Anglican convent which was formative to my faith and still helps me to be contemplative, reflective and to 'Be Still'.

I have been in membership of SBC since 1974 and served in most areas of the life of the church over the years. I served as a deacon from 2001 - 2007 and would consider it a privilege to serve again.

I have now fully retired from working in front line child protection in the court system and therefore have considerably more time to offer to the fellowship than in previous years.

My abiding passions remain those of prayer and for the children of our world who suffer injustice and abuse. In the past I have made short term trips to work in orphanages in Bulgaria as well as in the UK in the more distant past. In recent months I have had the privilege of leading a small afternoon study group for those who no longer want to go out in the evenings. This is proving to be very special to all of us.

In the past two and a half years David and I have had our faith tested and stretched through having to trust fully on God during David's illness. We have grown through this experience both individually and as a couple and continue to give thanks for his ongoing good health.

I became a Christian when a teenager, in no small part due to the influence of my Scout Leader.

I was baptised at Herne Hill Baptist Church when a student & it became my spiritual home for many years. I met Fay there, we were married there, our three children were dedicated & baptised there. Subsequently I served as a Deacon, Church Secretary & an Elder.

Workwise, I was a GP, first in Peckham then in Herne Hill/Dulwich. I was also Medical Officer for the BMS for some years.

Eventually we felt the time had come to move on from HHBC and went to All Souls Church in London. In 2009 ,for family reasons, we moved from Dulwich to Purley. We felt we wanted to return to our Baptist roots, visited local churches and immediately felt at home and welcomed when we came to Selsdon Baptist Church.

On a personal level, I believe Bible Study & Prayer to be vitally important, together with joining fellow Christians for worship.


David Foster

I grew up in a loving, Christian family and have been attending SBC for about 40 years... and I'm only 42!


I was baptised and married at the Church.


Together with my wife, Susie, I have three children, Lily (11), Chloe (8) and James (4).


I am a Building Surveyor by degree, a Facilities Manager by profession but somehow currently working in HR!


SBC has always been a secure foundation for me – a place where I feel safe, learn, share and have fun, whether this be through attending the services, Scouting, homegroups, friendships or the occasional barn dance!


I help lead the 'Rock Solid' group on a Sunday morning and have also supported the 'Gravity' group in the past.


God has always been with me on my journey, even when I haven't always been the best travelling companion!

Karl Yabsley

I first became involved with Selsdon Baptist Church when I starting attending Services at Greenvale in 2010. In 2011 I was baptised in the sea at Littlehampton! An incredible experience.


For the past five years, alongside fellow Christians from SBC, I have attended the XCEL Mens' Conference in Bradford which takes place in November. The conference consists of fellowship, listening to guest speakers and enjoying a great camaraderie with my friends from SBC.


I have participated in voluntary work for SBC at the Floating Shelter and the Extreme Teen Challenge (ETC), and I am a Trustee of the SBC Pre-School.


I work in the financial services industry, being involved in Pensions.


Previous work has included working as a Fishmonger in the family business, an incredible and rewarding experience!


My interests outside of the church are family, cricket, following Crystal Palace FC, supporting events at my alma mater (Royal Russell), travel and voluntary work

Jane White

I became a Christian when I was 25, where I was part of a very lively Anglican church.  I have been at SBC since I moved to Selsdon some 19 years ago. .   

I have been involved in all sorts of areas in the life of the church at SBC including Alpha, flowers, House groups, young people's work, Floating Shelter, and prayer initiatives.

I am a trained bereavement counsellor and am currently at college training to become a counsellor.

I try to operate out of the guiding and power of the Holy Spirit. I believe in the power and need for prayer in my life and in the life of the church.