Deacons

Our leadership team is made up of our “deacons” who are elected by the Church, recognising their maturity, wisdom and care.

They are assisted by the leaders of all the various groups.

Bev Smith

Deacon & Church Secretary

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I became a Christian in my teens at a Girls’ Brigade camp, when for the first time I understood how much God loves me and that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, and that because of this we can all be forgiven and accepted.

The Bible tells us that Jesus came so that we could have life, life in all its fullness and I believe that this is what I received when I became a Christian.

I served for many years as an Officer in the Girls’ Brigade taking on a number of different roles. Girls’ Brigade has always been important to me and will always have a special place in my heart.

Esther Ford

Deacon

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I started to attend Tamworth Baptist Church in 2000, attending an Alpha course and found so much I had missed in faith, even though I had been a Catholic all my life to that point, that I asked to be baptised in September 2001 and have been a member here since.

Tamworth Baptist Church is now an integral part of my life, an extended family that has provided love and support for me, and the rest of my family, and has given me challenges and the opportunity to allow my faith to continue to grow.

I attend housegroup and a weekly prayer meeting, both of which have helped me to talk to God, and I have more recently joined the Sunday school team, which has given me so much in return.

I work in the NHS, having done so for over 30 years.  I look forward to whatever God has planned for me in the future, and, as in dancing, I just need to remember to let Him lead.

Trevor Glover

Deacon

I was brought up in a military service family with 3 siblings and travelled as a young boy around the world. Attending young children’s services in different churches I knew that I hadn’t understood what it meant to have a relationship with God. In 1972 the family settled in Dosthill in Tamworth.

At the age of 16 I joined the Army and served for 18 years. During my time in the Gulf war and after I felt that I needed Jesus in my life. I was baptised on the 16th March 1992 in Germany by an Irish Anglican Minister in a German Methodist church with two Dutch ladies.

On completing my time in the services, I then returned to Tamworth and attended Polesworth Baptist church for a period of time.

I came to worship in Tamworth Baptist Church in 2004 and with Helen settled into a very welcoming family church and we became members in 2004. Sadly, I became a widower in 2013. My relationship with Jesus has strengthened my faith in him and the fellowship of the church has been a great support.

I took early retirement in July 2018 to look to build my next phase of my life. I have been greatly encouraged by the fellowship of our church and have been an active member knowing that God is using my gifts and skills. I am excited to see what God has install for me and how I can serve him and our fellowship.

I am the Church Administrator and look after all the IT systems within the Church and help the fellowship and other Churches and charities with development work. I am involved with one of the house groups, men’s activities and groups, I am leading Bible Studies and support the Boys’ Brigade as their Pastoral Minister.

Ruth Haywood

Deacon

I am married to Matt and we have been blessed with three boys – Alexander and Joshua (both are part of Boys’ Brigade and Sunday school) and our youngest Thomas was born still in 2018.  I love my job, as Head of English at a boys’ grammar school, despite the busyness.

I have attended Tamworth Baptist church since my family moved to Tamworth in the late 1980s.  I was baptised when I was 15 and church was a significant part of my every-day life growing up.  I moved away for university and was part of a large Anglican church; during my time in Aberystwyth I hosted our student cell group.  Matthew and I began our married life in Birmingham where I completed my teacher training.  I was a member of Birmingham Central Baptist church and was part of the worship group and led one of the Sunday school classes.

When Alex was 1, we returned to settle in Tamworth.  I am part of the worship group and have recently organised remembrance events to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.  In the face of grief, I know that God has been my rock.  My faith in Him has been my guide and light, and I pray others can know that message of love and eternal hope.

Rachel Sage

Deacon

RachelI am married to John & we have a son, Joseph. I work full-time as a primary school teacher in a local village school, where I teach the reception class and lead the early years foundation stage.

I have attended Tamworth Baptist Church my whole life apart from a break of four years whilst I was at university in Sheffield. I have always been involved in a range of church activities. I was baptised when I was 13 years old after giving my life to God whilst attending a Christian youth event called Firm Foundations.

I am part of the worship group and enjoy leading the singing most Sunday mornings. I also play the flute – although not as often as I used to!

Sue Silcock

Deacon

Sue Silcock

I am married to Colin and have three sons and four grandchildren and one great grandchild.  We moved to Tamworth 40 years ago from Hartlepool and I still speak with a slightly strange accent! I have been an active member of Tamworth Baptist Church ever since and have undertaken lots of different roles within the fellowship.

I have been a deacon for many years and am currently involved in Playcentre , from which we hold a ladies lunch once a fortnight  For mums and there children this is held as an outreach for the younger mums to talk to them about God and life issues. I lead a mid week housegroup and am a Girls Brigade Officer, I lead messy church once  a month  I sometimes lead Sunday worship.

Esme Tickle

Deacon

Esme Tickle

I am married to Dave and have two adult children Rachel and James, and one grandson, Joseph, who is a delight to us all. We have been members of Tamworth Baptist Church for about 40 years. Rachel and her family come along to church. James and his wife have lived and worked abroad for the last four years but have now returned to England.

I am a retired teacher, having taught Maths at a local high school for many years. I have served as a deacon for many years and have been the Sunday School coordinator for over 20 years.

I also help at various activities including Boys’ Brigade, Messy Church and Playcentre. I attend a housegroup and the prayer meeting.  It has been good to see children come through our Church activities and commit their lives to Christ and I pray that God will continue to use me in that way to reach more young people for Him.

Cath Vernon

Deacon

Cath 88I was born in Birmingham and grew up at Stechford Baptist Church where I was baptised on 17th June 1962, aged fourteen. I married Ron in 1971 and we moved to Polesworth where we quickly settled and became members of Polesworth Baptist Church worshipping there for many years.

Ron was in the Boys’ Brigade and I was trained and commissioned as a Girls’ Brigade Officer in 1983. I served as an officer for almost twenty years and have very happy memories of those times.

We have been members of Tamworth Baptist Church since 1990. I have been a Sunday School teacher and am presently part of our preaching team and love to share my faith in this way. I support our Boys’ Brigade Company as their treasurer and take the minutes at staff meetings.

Ron and I enjoy a good family life and regularly meet up with our two sons, their wives and our four granddaughters. Now retired, we remain active and busy with various interests in the community as well as continuing to travel abroad, enjoy gardening and swimming.