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I started attending Selsdon Baptist when I moved into the area in 1992, fresh out of University. I have been coming ever since, joining the Greenvale congregation when it started a few years ago.
Moving from Addington Road was a big step for me, but represented a real opportunity
to step out of my comfort zone and take on fresh challenges. I am passionate about
supporting unity and co-
Another of my passions is the sustainable living and fair trade agenda, as such I am a member of the Green Group at the church.
I also enjoy helping out with the Shelter and with Contact.
At work, I am a European Finance Manager based near Heathrow, a role I moved to a year ago and which has given me the opportunity to work with people of many different cultures across Europe, in addition to using my core Finance skills.
Over the years I have contributed in various ways to the work of the church, including stints as a Sunday school leader, home group leader, deacon and PA operator.
I was brought up in a Church of England church in Sanderstead and when I was 18 I moved to Selsdon Baptist because it seemed a bit more relevant to my life back then.
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t a Christian; my faith and my beliefs seem to have been with me from an early age.
After coming to Selsdon I was very involved with the Scouts for 20 years, I met my
wife Karen (many years ago) and we now have a fun-
I had the opportunity to serve as a deacon from 2003 to 2008 which was a great opportunity to see, pray for and be involved with all the good things that go on at SBC.
Karen and I currently run a house group and this has been another great opportunity to grow and for support.
During my working day I attempt to run an IT business.
I was blessed in my early years to have been greatly influenced by my grandparents who were committed Christians. I was privileged to go to David Watson's church whenever I was with them, indeed he christened me.
However it wasn't until I was 28 that God led me to Westminster Chapel and the preaching of RT Kendall. Here I committed myself to Jesus and was baptised.
Eventually in 2002 the same friend who led me to Chapel told Kathleen and me of Selsdon Baptist Church. From our very first visit it has felt like home. In the seven years or so of attending I have been a steward, run the book stall with Kathleen for a couple of years, led a home group and helped lead the Worldchangers/Summer Fun Days administration.
I have also taken an active part in supporting the Floating Shelter; I am a member of Prison Outreach Network and have recently started helping lead monthly services in Brixton Prison.
I am mad about all sport although I haven't time anymore to play myself. I have however
thrown myself out of a plane on behalf of International Needs. My business partner
and I currently run our own business, a Croydon-
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.
Converted (1946) at age 11, baptised at 16, my early years as a Christian were at Thornton Heath Evangelical Church. Scouts and youth leadership continued through my apprenticeship to become a Civil Engineer.
In India on a design appointment for two years my links with the Delhi church involved starting and running a Youth Group and the design and construction of Delhi Bible Institute.
Married to Joan in 1965 we settled at Woodmansterne Baptist Church where my responsibilities involved BB, deacon, halls construction and leading the Evangelism Committee.
Our only child, Andrew, married to Marion, has Stephanie and Nathan.
We moved to Selsdon (SBC) in 1975 and since then my responsibilities have included being a deacon, leading the Evangelism Committee, redevelopment and the Prayer Team.
Joan passed away in 2005.
My heart is in prayer, evangelism, and nurture of Christians.
I grew up in Selsdon with Christian parents and, apart from years studying at University and in America, have spent my entire life attending SBC.
My faith developed during my teenage years, and I can look back to church trips to Spring Harvest, my baptism when I was 18, and my discipleship training with Youth With A Mission as key points in my Christian growth.
I have been involved in a number of activities during the years including running children’s groups and taking services.
I am married to Joanna and we have two lively children -
Jo and I run a homegroup and are actively involved in serving in a number of areas within the Church.
I enjoy the family atmosphere of the fellowship and if I had one aim it would be that everyone, whether visitor or member, is made to feel welcome and appreciated, yet also challenged in their faith, whatever stage this is at.
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-
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
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-
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 is our hard working Church Secretary. She tries to ensure everything that needs doing gets done!
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