I'm married to Claire and we have two boys; Timothy & Nathaniel who are both at local schools. We moved to Lymm in September 2015. I am passionate about teaching God's word and applying it our everyday lives, seeing lives transformed by the Holy Spirit and encouraging the church to be a group of people who actively reach out into local communities with the love and hope of Jesus.
Claire is Operations Team leader at N-Gage, a Manchester based Christian Charity that gives young people at risk of educational or social exclusion, opportunities and skills to achieve their full potential. Working in partnership with Schools, Local Police and City Council, they provide highly successful, flexible and targeted approaches to anti-social behaviour and educational exclusion.
Prior to being minister in Lymm I served as minister at Epworth Baptist Church (2012-15), having previously been minister in training at Stockport Baptist Church.
Before I trained for ministry I worked as a full time musician. Initially this included teaching piano peripatetically and working as a part time worship leader at Hazel Grove Baptist Church. More recently (2006-9) I was music director at Christ Church Clifton in Bristol.
Hi there! I’m the part time Associate Minister here at Lymm. I was ordained recently after being called to ministry in mid-life. Previously I was Associate Minister at Brownley Green Baptist Church, Wythenshawe. I have served in churches in roles as varied as Youth Leader to Elder, and from Anglican to Baptist. I love to see individuals grow in their personal relationship with Christ, realising and exercising their gifts in his service.
I blog regularly on issues of Christian discipleship at www.7minutes.net.
When I am not “ministering” I work for a Silicon Valley company. I have worked in technology for over 25 years initially as software engineer and now as Director of Marketing and Communications. I think the dual role helps me to stay rooted in everyday work with all its problems!
I am married to Alison and we have 3 daughters Anna, Laura and Sarah all either studying at University or recently finished. In my “spare time” I love walking, reading, music, socialising … and I will travel over land and sea if there is the slightest chance of skiing.
I joined Lymm Baptist Church in September 2015 having previously worked in the Lymm area with Warrington Youth for Christ. I have been working with young people for the past 10 years in a number of different contexts. I am married to the beautiful Rachael and we are both very excited for how God will use us both in this church!
I love watching football, in particularly Manchester United. I also enjoy a good Greggs sausage roll, walking, talking, eating out and spending time with loved ones.
I love Jesus! I love telling others about Him too! I gave my life to Jesus when I was 16 years old and since then God has transformed my life. He has enabled me to do things I never imagined possible. I daily try to live life to the full empowered by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
I've have over 10 years experience working with young people in a variety of different contexts. I absolutely love working with and for young people. I personally think they're amazing! God has so much in store for them and it's my job to love them, encourage them and help them realise all that God has for them now, and for the future.
|Richard Evans: Prayer & Site Manager|
My wife Bibi & I have attended Lymm Baptist Church since we got married in 1992. We were drawn to it by the friendly welcome we received and the care shown to us. We have two teenage children: Harry & Emilia. I became a Christian many year ago at university. Since joining LBC, I have been a home group leader, deacon, elder responsible for prayer and since re-joining the eldership in September 2013 I have overseen community engagement activities and recently switched to overseeing prayer activities and small groups. My passion is to see spiritual revival, everybody using the gifts and talents God has given them to the full and the transformation of our community through prayer, faith, discipleship and practical demonstrations of God's love.
|John Hall: Ministry & Finance|
I joined Lymm Baptist Church in the year 2000 after a job relocation from Newcastle and have been serving as an Elder on the church's leadership team for over 10 years. My wife Emma oversees the children’s work at LBC and we have 3 wonderful high school age children of our own.
Brought up in a Christian home, I made a personal commitment to Jesus at the age of 6 and was baptised as a teenager - I have witnessed God’s continuous faithfulness ever since, even through the difficult times.
I have been involved in many aspects of the church's life including youth work, overseas mission projects, worship leading and preaching. I have a passion for the Word of God and its absolute relevance and authority for all aspects of our lives.
I am a qualified engineer and now work in the IT industry. In my spare time, I love walking, climbing and mountain biking.
|Deb Instone: Pastoral Activities|
I have been involved with Lymm Baptist Church for over twenty years with my husband Mark. We have three children who are in their teenage years and twenties. Over the years I have been involved in the life of the church and have been actively running children's & youth work and the pastoral team as well as having been on the leadership team historically. Mark & I run the older Revolve youth group in our home on a Sunday night. I want to support & encourage our young people to grow in their faith and support them in the difficult journey they face in today's world. I currently am serving as the pastoral elder as well as overseeing youth supported by other leaders.
I became a Christian at 15 years old surrounded by Christian friends and having watched my parents break up in 1995. I have loved God and served Him ever since where I am. Having moved to Preston from London and done a social sciences degree I then moved to Lymm to get married in 1991. I raised my family and then trained to be a counsellor in 2002. Having qualified it has opened opportunities for me to work using my skills with individuals, couples, young people and their families. My pastoral heart for people has allowed me to serve the church, connect and support people who are struggling both inside church and out. My desire is for a church that is relevant and caring to love a community in Lymm that meets people where they are right now.
|Mark Stanway: Evangelism|
I joined LBC in April 1996 soon after moving into the village. Since then I have been actively involved in youthwork and served as a deacon for six years.
I re-joined the leadership team in 2014 with a vision to enable our church family to reach out and share the good news of Jesus in our community.
|Peter Brandon: Church Secretary|
I was brought up in a devout, loving Christian family and from an early age I accepted the biblical teachings of Jesus. It was a great foundation for my faith and I was baptised in my early youth and played an active part in running youth groups and Christian activities at Assemblies in Bournemouth, Rye Lane Chapel in London and Fishponds Baptist Church in Bristol among others. In 1985 I was appointed to a Professorial post at Salford University and we settled at Altrincham Baptist Church in Cheshire and then Lymm Baptist which was closer to our home.
It has been a wonderful experience to enjoy the fellowship at LBC and recently I took on the role of Church Secretary. I have a particular theological interest which is related to how we can reconcile faith with reason. To me it is one of the major challenges Christians face in communicating in this age. My wife Mary (who is active in a number of activities in the Church) and I have three children and three grandchildren who live close by.
|Will Johnston: Small Groups & Church IT|
I grew up south of Glasgow and became a Christian as a teenager through a local church youth club. I studied in Glasgow & Manchester before settling in Lymm in 1995.
I am married to Alison (who works in the church office), have three children and work as an IT consultant.
Over the years I have attended churches of different denominations based on their commitment to preaching the Bible. I have attended Lymm Baptist Church since 1995 and have always been involved in the life of the church.
From my very first visit to Lymm Baptist I found it to be a church with a strong ethos of family and have counted it a privilege to be part of the LBC church family since relocating from Glasgow in 2009.
Over the years I’ve been encouraged through my commitment to attending the various weekly services and have been actively involved in many aspects of church life with a particular heart for adult and senior-youth small group discipleship and evangelism.
|Louise Turnbull: Prayer|
I have been an active member of Lymm Baptist church for eighteen years. I am married to Steve and we have a daughter, Abby. I became a Christian through a children's mission at the age of eleven and went through the waters of baptism at the age of sixteen.
For many years I have helped and supported the children's ministry at Lymm Baptist Church and play an active role as part of the prayer ministry team.
I have a heart for supporting mission work in our local community and and I see my main calling as prayer intercession and offering spiritual and pastoral care to those in need. From time to time I support my friend Sarah Watkins with her ministry known as Healing2theNations.
I work as a Registered Nurse in Specialist Palliative Care on a day Unit at St Rocco's Hospice in Warrington.
|Sam French: Administrator|
I became a Christian 11 years ago when my Mum wanted to bring my 3 year old son to Sunday School. I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and was stirred to attend a few services myself. I always felt very safe when I entered the building and a warm comfortable glow within. I attended a few Alpha courses and couldn’t stop asking questions until one day I got to the point when I realised that I would never have all the answers; that is why it's called faith! I have been baptised and have attended Lymm Baptist church ever since.
I am involved in various activities, particularly the youth work and have been job sharing the church administrator role since January 2013.
|Alison Johnston: Administrator|
I grew in a Christian home, and came to know Jesus Christ as my personal saviour at a Youth Camp at Lee Abbey when I was 17.
I have attended LBC since I moved to Lymm in 1995 and have been always been actively involved. I am a Sunday School leader and I have been a paid member of staff since January 2013, sharing the role of Church Administrator with Sam.
I am married to Will (who looks after the church website & IT) and have three children.