Deacons

Our leadership team is made up of the minister and a number of “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.

David Thompson

Deacon & Treasurer

David 88I am married to Irene and have three children and two grandchildren.  We moved to Tamworth in 1988 when I was working for Lloyds TSB but after 38 years I took early retirement.

I now work for the Heart of England Baptist Association, an association of 170 Churches, supporting them with their financial and charity issues.  I became a Christian aged 17 through the influence of the Boys Brigade.

I have looked into my family history and have a very ecumenical background with members of my family being Anglican, Catholic and Primitive Methodist.  I also enjoy walking and Irene and I once walked right across England (190 miles).

Esther Ford

Deacon

I was born into a Catholic family Esther Ford

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.

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 SilcockI am married to Colin and have three sons and three grandchildren. We moved to Tamworth nearly 30 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 Centre Manager of our Christians Against Poverty Centre, which I helped to set up fifteen years ago. We have seen many clients become debt free and rejoice with those who have found Jesus as their Saviour.

I am also our Playcentre leader, lead a mid week housegroup and am a Girls Brigade Officer, so I am kept very busy and am often found in or around our Church buildings.

Esme Tickle

Deacon

Esme TickleI am married to Dave and have two children Rachel and James, and one grandson, Joseph, who is a delight to us all. James is currently living and working in USA. We have been members of Tamworth Baptist Church for over 30 years.

I teach maths at The Polesworth School.  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 such as: Boys’ Brigade, Praise Party, Messy Church and Playcentre. I attend a housegroup and the prayer meeting each week.  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.