United in Knowing Jesus and Making Him Known
Hello, I’m Andy and I’m married to Julie, we have two grown children. I became minister of WBC in May 2014 from Downton Baptist Church near Salisbury where I’d been a minister for 23 years. I am an avid Welsh rugby and Chelsea FC fan and enjoy many other sports. I am passionate about making Jesus known and ensuring the Church is inclusive, relevant and serious about mission. I look forward to meeting you.
Hello, I’m Richard and I’m married to Penni and we have three children in their twenties. I have lived in Reading for 35 years and before coming to Woodley in March 2015 was Pastor of Shinfield Baptist Church. I am excited to see the Church being built up and God’s kingdom coming in Reading and beyond. I also work as a Financial Manager in the Building Industry and enjoy supporting Reading FC.
Youth & Children Team Leader
Hello, I’m Graham and I’m married to Becky and we have two young children. I grew up in Surrey and before studying Applied Theology in Youth and Community Work at Moorlands College, I had my own landscaping business. I’ve been involved in church youth work in Surrey, Bournemouth and Ruislip before starting here in July 2014. I enjoy spending time with my family as well as gardening, socialising, playing sports, supporting Spurs and going to the cinema.
Hi, I’m Lesley and I’m married to Paul, we have two grown-up boys and three grandchildren. I have been a member of Woodley Baptist Church for many years and before taking on the role of Office Manager I was the Pre-School Supervisor and then the Family Support Worker. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my grandkids and socialising. I love meeting new people and do my utmost to ensure that anyone who comes into the Church is made to feel welcome and at home.
The Wider Fellowship & Church Leadership Team (CLT)
Woodley Baptist Church was founded in November 1979 by a small group of local Christians, with 29 founder members. For the first few years we didn’t have a building so Sunday services were held in different halls in Woodley. The church grew steadily in numbers and we took the decision to build the Woodley Baptist Church Centre on the Woodley airfield estate, in February 1985. There has always been an understanding that we would provide community activities for the local area and, in 2001, with this in mind, we extended the building to include the purpose-built youth facility known as The Venue.
In May 2014, we welcomed Rev. Andy Baker as our minister and in the same year Graham Sumbler was appointed as our Youth and Children’s Worker. Our current membership is around 200.
Our mission statement is “United in knowing Jesus and making Him known”. Below are members of the Church Leadership Team who serve the fellowship in various roles.