Meet the Team
I grew up in Bristol and moved to Caldicot in 1988. I am married with 3 children in their 20’s and I was very privileged to be in the baptismal pool and help baptize them all with our Pastor John Hall, 8 years ago. I Started attending Bethany Baptist Church in January of 2001 as my oldest Son was going to the 7-11’s youth club and he wanted to go to Sunday School so I took him along on a Sunday morning and felt so welcome and was captivated by what I was hearing being said about Jesus and how he changes people’s lives.
In February 2001, I started an Alpha course and became a Christian in April 2001 during the Alpha course. I was elected as a Deacon in 2012 and I love being part of such an amazing leadership team. We have great meetings and I really enjoy the friendship we all have and the support we give each other. We also manage to laugh a lot and have a great time together discussing various things about the church life. In January of this year (2016) I took on the role of Administrator for the church. I am really enjoying this role and have found myself going back to my roots as I worked in an office when I left school until the birth of my first child.
One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I have lived in Caldicot all my life. I grew up here and have a large family scattered all over the place. I first came to Bethany because my daughter, Jess attended Bethany with her Granny and loved it; so I came along to see what it was like.
One of the fundamental reasons why I chose Bethany as my home is because of the overwhelming love , support and encouragement that both me and my children received here.
I love being part of the leadership team and working together with friends to serve God. It is an absolute privilege to serve God in any way that I can. My role includes supporting our Pastor John with the pastoral work of the Church and as part of this I coordinate the ‘Prayer Chain’. I also oversee the children’s work that goes on in the church.
One of the verses that I love in the Bible is Galatians 6:9:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give u
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Who Is Jesus?
As part of our church logo you will see written these words: ‘We exist to make Jesus known’.
So what on earth does that mean in reality?
The truth is for all of us at Bethany, at some point Jesus stopped being a name we had heard at Sunday School, or at School, or in storybooks, or even just as a swear word, Into someone we knew and believed to be God’s one and only son, given to the people of the world, that God himself created to save and rescue mankind from their sins. And three days after his crucifixion and death, rose again just as God’s word, the Bible says.
So do we believe this just because the Bible says it’s true? Well, partly, but honestly the most compelling evidence is that by asking Jesus into our lives we have simply found our lives have changed. For some, the change has been instant, and for others a gradual change over time.
In fact, historians will tell you that there is more evidence for the existence of Jesus than there is for Julius Caesar! Intellectuals have looked at research with the intent of disproving the existence of this Jesus character, only to find themselves admitting that there is compelling evidence that Jesus was no myth but real! (Lee Strobel “The Case for Christ” or Rice Broocks “Man, Myth, Messiah)
We cannot deny the existence of a living God and a risen Jesus, because knowing Him has changed us. And so for that very reason at our Church: “WE EXIST TO MAKE JESUS KNOWN”
DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLE
THE BASIS OF THE BAPTIST UNION IS:
- 1. That our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.
- 2. That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who ‘died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again the third day’.
- 3. That it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.