Meet the team

Leadership in our church has many levels. The highest level of authority rests with the Eldership, formed of the members of the ministry team and the Elected Elders from within the Membership of the Church. However, they are supported by a wider group of Church Leaders and, as a registered charity, by additional Charity Trustees who add other skills necessary to comply with Charity law and requirements. We also have a dedicated Support Team comprising paid staff and volunteers.

Ministers

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Pete Chilvers – Senior Minister

Our senior minister is currently enjoying a period of sabbatical rest & study. He will return to his ministry role at the start of September 2017.
Pete Chilvers became the Minister of Hockliffe Street Baptist Church on 4th September 2010. For the previous five years he’d been associate pastor at the Bethany City Church in Sunderland and had previously worked at Christ Church Peckham and with the Universities & Colleges Christian Fellowship as a staff worker. He traces his Christian roots to being brought up in a home where Christ was honoured and adored, and came to a personal saving faith in Jesus Christ at a summer Bible Club whilst aged 8.

In ministry he seeks to lead worship that is Christ centred, Spirit filled, saturated in God’s word, and encouraging everyone to lift their hearts as well as their voices in adoration to the risen Christ. In teaching he seeks to honour God, and build up the church and its leaders in God honouring, Christ centred discipleship. In his personal life he acknowledges he is totally reliant upon God’s grace and he seeks to live and serve God as a response to who He is, and what He has done in the Gospel.

Pete is married to Esther and they have two young sons.

Tim Mills – Associate Minister

Tim Mills became our Associate Minister on 1st February 2017. Before his appointment, Tim had spent the previous six years serving God as a missionary in Zambia with his wife, Gemma. They lived in the grounds of Kaniki Bible University College, where Tim was a lecturer and latterly, the Acting Head of Administration. Tim and Gemma were also the founders of Kapumpe Christian Primary School and an orphan project supporting hundreds of children and guardians in the surrounding communities. Tim considers his time in Zambia to have been a training ground for his new ministry at Hockliffe Street Baptist Church where he is passionate to see real needs met by the transforming love and power of Jesus. Tim and Gemma have two young daughters.

Mark & Roz Arnold – Minister(s) for Discipleship

Mark and Roz have come to Leighton Buzzard from, most recently, Cheltenham with their three young children. Mark has recently completed a PhD in Old Testament studies, and they have both got Masters degrees (in Biblical Studies) from Regent College Vancouver. Both have been active in teaching and discipling others at churches they have been part of in the past. Mark was involved in a local Urban Saints group for many years, and Roz has been involved with Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship. Both are passionate about coming alongside people and helping them dive deep into God’s Word so that they can bring all aspects of their lives into their relationship with Jesus. Both enjoy walking in the countryside in particular – Mark up mountains and Roz by the sea – so we hope they’ll adjust to the flat land around central Bedfordshire!

Elders

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David Allsopp – Elder

David was brought up in a Christian home and was baptised in 1980 and has worshipped at HSBC since 2002. He works in IT and helps his wife Sally run a Children’s Theatre in the town. He has four grown-up children.

Eric Bowman – Elder

Eric’s journey to faith began with attending Sunday School at a Gospel Hall in the 1940s, and through that to going to summer holiday camps in Littlehampton. It was at one of these camps that Eric first accepted Jesus as his personal saviour, albeit in a child-like way. He grew up through the Sunday School, Bible Classes, Boys’ Summer Camps and Young People’s Fellowship and took his place in that church’s fellowship after being baptised in June 1958. Marriage to Rosemary and work for the Civil Service followed, and he moved to this area and joined Hockliffe Street in the early 1970s. Now retired, Eric has been able to spend more time in church leadership and became an elder in 2011.

John Shortt – Elder

John was born and brought up in a rural part of the Irish Republic. He came to a personal faith in Jesus Christ in his late teens while living in Dublin and working in the motor insurance industry.

Having served as a missionary in East Africa he returned to the UK and trained as a secondary school teacher, a post he held for 17 years. During this time he developed an interest in Christian perspectives in education, and subsequently moved to the Stapleford Centre to develop this further.

In 2000, he moved to become the Travelling Secretary for EurECA (the European Educators’ Christian Association) and he has worked among teachers across Europe and beyond since then.

He is married to Val (whose practical and spiritual support he still values immensely!) and they have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons. His hobbies include family history research, birdwatching and cycling.

Ian Watson – Elder

Ian was brought up in a Christian family and attended the Salvation Army until 1993 when he and his family moved to HSBC. He has been involved in various roles in the church throughout the past 20 plus years and as well as leading in the Eldership is currently responsible for the work to review and update the buildings of the church. Ian is married to Bronia and has two grown up children. In his spare time Ian is an avid Rugby fan.

Church Leaders

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Bob Bansback – Church Leader

Details to come.

Esther Chilvers – Church Leader

Details to come.

Sheila Franklin – Church Leader

Sheila was born in Edinburgh, into a Christian home, christened and later confirmed in the Church of Scotland. She joined HSBC after moving to Leighton Buzzard, because she knew that it was essential to be part of a Christian community to continue and grow in faith. Her faith and understanding grew and she was baptised in 1981.
She feels blessed to be called to use the skills she developed in her career to serve God in her leadership roles at HSBC. She leads the Local Mission and Gospel Events Group, and the church office Welcome Team. Sheila feels that it is both a privilege and a challenge to be a member of the team, and she prayerfully seeks God’s guidance.
Sheila is married to Les, and enjoys gardening, art, and music.

Colin Johnson – Church Leader
and Community Outreach Worker

Colin is married to Linda and they have 3 adult children, they have been living in Leighton Buzzard since 1997. Colin leads our Neighbourhood Chaplains community outreach team. Neighbourhood Chaplains is a national scheme being developed by Christian charity Counties to help churches reach out to people in their local communities with friendship and some practical support.
Colin visits local care homes/older living residences to offer befriending and run services. Colin is a trained Christian counsellor, who once worked in business development with companies like BT and trained as a Baptist minister.
Colin says: “I was not brought up as a child to go to church and only became a committed church goer when I was in my mid 20s when I was at university. It was then that I began to wonder if there was more to life than work, eating and drinking and having a good time. What was the purpose and meaning of life? I met some people who spoke to me about having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and it was the way they lived as if in relationship with God that so impressed me. They prayed to God as if he was their friend and got answers. I was amazed when I realised I could know God in the same way as them. Jesus became real to me and I began to see he was more than a mere man and it was through Jesus’ death on the cross that I gained access to God and forgiveness for all things wrong in my life (past selfishness that has hurt and affected others and God himself). It is so wonderful to now feel and know I am forgiven and at one with God. Knowing Christ has revolutionised my life in so many ways and through him I have found meaning and purpose. If you would like to explore what Jesus can do for you please get in touch.”
Please visit Colin’s web site at www.hopeonthestreet.org.uk.

Michelle Quick – Church Leader

Details to follow

Additional Trustees

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Tom Baird – Additional Trustee

I became a Christian and was baptised here in 1992 at the age of 43. Although with many work commitments at that time, my wife Eleanor and I have led a fellowship group for some 20 years and helped with many pastoral issues. Since my early retirement I have been actively involved and remain a member of the Fabric Group and am also a member of the Building Project Group. I have to admit that perhaps God has given me a number of skills and experience for a reason. I worked for a FTSE 100 company and since my early engineering and computing background have had many senior commercial roles. In addition to developing major business partnerships in Asia I have also held company directorships in Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, America and the UK. For many years I was also a senior Personnel Director. I am now offering these skills in the service of our Lord as a Trustee of this church.

Steve Hailes – Additional Trustee

As a Christian I believe it is important to be involved with other Christians in the local church so that we can use our different gifts to build each other up. I became a Christian at age 18 when I left home to start what became a 33 year career in the railway industry and have found that my organisational skills and attention to detail can also suit administrative roles within churches, so I was glad to accept the invitation to join the Trustees and act as their Secretary as one way of contributing to church life. I have experience of being a trustee of the Railway Mission and as a Governor at a local school. I was in the fortunate position to be able to retire early in 2011 and although I have been active in doing various things for this church since becoming a member in 1999, my retirement gives me more time to do so now. I’m married to Anne who works in the church office as the finance assistant and have two children in their twenties.

Dianne Norman – Additional Trustee

I was born into a Christian family where the Lord Jesus was centre in the lives of my parents, grandparents, and wider family, all of whom worshipped and actively served God at HSBC. I received love, teaching, and encouragement, from amazing Christians which led to my accepting Christ as my Saviour at the age of 15 years, after which I was baptised and came into membership. I first met Bob at the age of 16 when he attended the Youth Group at Hockliffe Street. We married in 1964 and have two children Hilary and Steven. We have 3 grandsons and a granddaughter. Bob attended HSBC spasmodically for many years and after being greatly moved by the love shown to me by members and friends at this church during a serious illness, he started to attend regularly and was eventually baptised in 2012. Over the years at HSBC I have undertaken secretarial and financial roles, been a Sunday School teacher for 12 years, ran the Pre School Playgroup Group. More recently I have been a joint leader of Joy Fellowship and continue the role of Flower Committee co-ordinator. I want to continue to serve God in a positive way and it is a privilege now to use my gifts and experience as a Church Trustee in this exciting and challenging time of Spiritual growth at this Church.

Support Team

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Paul Peros – Church Operations Manager

Paul joined the team as Church Operations Manager in 2015, having previously worked for the GMC and the GSCC, with a two year stint in a support role with the Quakers in the UK in between these two jobs. His role for the church is in overseeing the day to day work of the church, making sure volunteers and staff are supported and equipped to do their work.
He is married to Helena and they have two boys.

Colin Johnson – Church Leader
and Outreach Community Worker

See details in the Church leaders section.

Welcome team

Our welcome team, who are a group of volunteers, are the first point of contact for most people calling the church office. They will do their best to deal with any enquiries or will point you to the appropriate person – although in a busy church like ours, sometimes it isn’t possible to get exactly what you’d like first time!

Anne Hailes – Finance Assistant

Anne is the financial assistant, who keeps the bills paid and thus everybody happy. Anne also supports the welcome team where they need help.