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

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 sons and a daughter.

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.

Elders

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Dave Knightley – Elder

Biography to come.

Ryan Luke – Elder

Biography to come.

Additional Trustees

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Alan Bourne – Additional Trustee

Biography to come.

Ailsa Mansfield – Additional Trustee

Biography to come.

Paul Daggett – Additional Trustee

Paul has been a Christian since 1994 during which time he was organ scholar at Liverpool Cathedral. He has been worshipping at Hockliffe Street for over 20 years and was baptised in 1999. Paul is a teacher in Milton Keynes. His hobbies are running, cycling, and performing music.
He is married to Lorna and has three children.

Support Team

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Ian Watson – Church Operations Manager

Ian serves as the church’s Operations Manager, a role in which he oversees the day to day running of the church. He works with the leadership team and coordinates the rest of the office team and the huge number of volunteers who deliver all aspects of church life.
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 since then including serving several terms as an Elder. Ian is married to Bronia and has two grown up children. In his spare time Ian is an avid Rugby fan.

Colin Johnson – Outreach Community 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.

Katy Foot – Admin Assistant & Caretaker

Katy assists Ian with the administration of the church activities, and also oversees the day-to-day usage, cleaning and maintenance of the church buildings.

Jill Betts – Finance Assistant

Jill is the financial assistant, who monitors our donation income and keeps the bills paid and thus everybody happy.

Welcome team

Whilst our office is closed owing to the Covid pandemic, our welcome team are not staffing our church offices.
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!