Who’s Who

Jonathan Bramwell
Lead Minister
I'm married to Claire and we have two teenage boys who are both at the local High School. We moved to the area in the summer of 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 regularly leads worship in the church. She works locally in Lymm where she recruits SEN teachers and support staff into schools.

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 along side study at Northern Baptist College.

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.

Chris Goswami
Chris Goswami
Associate Minister
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 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.

Sarah Rotchell
Sarah Rotchell
Children & Family's Worker
Hello! I’m married to Sam and have 4 young children – Leo, Ivy, Bear and Iris. I grew up in Lymm and attended school here, but only recently moved back after living for 10 years on the Isle of Man. Previously I’ve helped head up Scripture Union Ministries Trust, working with children and young people in churches and schools and providing a wide range of training opportunities for churches, schools and communities. I am loving the chance to get stuck back into life in Lymm Baptist Church – a church that gave me so much as a teenager when I gave my life to Christ and holds so much potential to reach out to the families in our community!

I’m passionate about connecting with, and supporting children and families both within the church and in the wider community. Since becoming a parent, I know more than ever just how important it is to find your “tribe” and have dependable and compassionate support through all stages of a family’s life.

I love spending time outdoors, dancing around to worship music, playing crazy games with my children or building fantastic rocket ships out of cardboard. I like cooking and baking and then eating the things I make with the people I love. I love dungarees, books about dragons, laughing and cups of tea.

John Hall
John Hall
Elder (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 15 years. I am currently appointed as church Treasurer and am also involved in the preaching and worship-leading ministry. My wife Emma and I have been married for over 25 years and we have 3 grown up children who are studying at university.

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 a full-time job in the IT industry, and in my spare time enjoy hill walking and mountain biking.

Carol Best
Carol Best
Having lived on the Isle of Man for thirty years I moved to Lymm with my husband, Kenny, in 2019 to be near family. We received a warm welcome at Lymm Baptist Church and are happy to be of service currently involved in stewarding, assisting the finance team and generally encouraging the faith of the young, old and anyone in between!

I came to know Jesus as a child after being taken to church from a very young age and was baptised by choice at the age of sixteen. So my whole life (with all its ups and downs) is testament to God’s love, wisdom and faithfulness.

Before retirement I worked mainly part-time in admin/reception roles. I know it makes me weird but I really enjoy public speaking. I’m an avid reader. I’ve found a great exercise/dance class here in Lymm and it’s a joy to spend time with grandchildren.

Roy Delooze
Roy Delooze
I was brought up in a Christian home, in my late teens the direction of my life began to change as I began my own personal journey as a Christian. Looking back I can praise and thank God for His love and faithfulness to me. Over recent and past years I have been privileged to serve in church life with all ages, children, youth and adults.

With my wife Ruth we became members of Lymm Baptist Church a few years ago, immediately feeling welcomed and valued. I have found LBC to be a vibrant church with a loving and caring heart for each other and the community. With God’s help my priority is to serve, support and encourage my Christian family at LBC, seeing others begin and continue to grow in their faith as we journey on in life together.

My career was in menswear, a local retail business in Stockton Heath. Retired now for a number of years, which has been very agreeable and recommended. Folk from time to time asking me “Roy, what are you doing now you’re retired?” The answer is easy…”enjoying life” Enjoying travel both at home and abroad. Enjoying most sports, especially golf (well most of the time!) and not least, the continuing enjoyment of Christian fellowship at Lymm Baptist Church.

Louise Turnbull
Nicola Gerrard
Pioneering Ministry
I became a Christian in my teenage years and was an active part of Ivy Church, Manchester before moving to High Legh over 20 years ago. Since then I have been attending Lymm Baptist Church. I have been involved in both leading worship and play the flute/piano in the worship group. I am part of the prayer ministry team and have worked both with the children and young people amongst other things over the years.

Having trained as a professional flute player, I have been on the leadership of the New English Orchestra with my husband for the past 20 years and have toured both in this country and internationally with the orchestra. Hopefully my passion for God and playing the flute shine through everything that I do. I regularly give concerts and musical meditations in High Legh as part of the outreach into the local community and with my husband Nick have set up prayer initiatives and a youth project in High Legh. I run my own business from High Legh called High Legh Flutes.

I always endeavour to use music to bless others with the love of God whether that be through playing prayers over people or musical blessings. I have a heart to see the local community (particularly High Legh) being touched by God in transforming ways and there have been evidences of this, but I would love to see more of God’s Spirit moving in these places.

I hope to bring a radical hope and prophetic faith in God into the leadership forum with a particular emphasis on the pioneering element of the ministry, to stir others up to believe God for the impossible in their communities!

Alison Johnston
Alison Johnston
Church Secretary & Administrator
I grew up 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 moving to Lymm in 1995 and have always been actively involved.

I have been a member of staff since January 2013, sharing the role of Church Administrator with Sam.

I am married to Will and have three grown-up children.

Scott McPhail
Scott McPhail
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.

I am married to Jazz, a Derbyshire girl who can also testify to the blessings of the LBC church family since relocating to the North West following our marriage in 2019.

Esther Prescott
Esther Prescott
I’ve been coming to Lymm Baptist Church with my husband Andy since we moved from London back up to our northern roots in 2003. Since then we’ve had three boys now all at high school, and I’ve been involved in various aspects of church family life; in particular for the last 5 years or so I’ve been involved in youth and children’s work, which I feel passionately about.

I work part time as an Actuary at an insurance firm and I am also studying part time for a masters in psychology, which is something I started in lockdown and I am really enjoying. I am fortunate to have Christian parents and was baptised at around 13. I love the opportunity LBC gives for people from all backgrounds and walks of life to come together as a family and would love see the church even more embedded in the community.

Sam Rotchell
Sam Rotchell
My name is Sam Rotchell and I have been a part of Lymm Baptist church since moving back to the UK from the Isle of Man in 2017. I am married to Sarah and together we have four young children. Sarah serves as the children and families worker for the church and I am a full time Primary school teacher in the centre of nearby Warrington.

I passionately believe in the power of the Church body working in unity and all people bringing their own gifts to serve and bless others. Being a part of the leadership I hope to serve and bless others with the gifts I carry whilst encouraging others to do the same.

"If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body? As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body." 1 Corinthians 12:19-20

Richard Evans
Richard Evans
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 adult 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 in mid-2017 I became site manager for the church. I have more recently taken chaplaincy and contextual theology modules at Luther King House, Manchester to equip me to offer chaplaincy-type services to members of the many church-based and external groups who regularly use the building.
Sam French
Sam French
I have attended Lymm Baptist Church since 2004, when I became a Christian. 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.

Over the years, I have been involved with various activities, particularly the youth work and have been job sharing the church administrator role with Alison since January 2013.

I have 2 grown up children and a granddaughter, who keeps me busy.

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