Sam has been the Pastor at WBC since 2001 and lives in Wellington with his wife, Claire, and 3 children. Before moving to Wellington, he was the Pastor of Oundle Baptist Church in Northamptonshire for 9 years. Sam was also a Member of the Baptist Union Council, a representative of the South West Baptist Association on the Chaplaincy Advisory Panel of Taunton School, and has also been a Governor for a local Primary School.
Sam trained at Spurgeon's College in South London from 1988-1992, qualifying with a Degree in Theology and a Diploma in Pastoral Studies. During his course, he specialised in Evangelism, Leadership, Church Planting, Pastoral Care, and Administration. In recent years, Sam has been impacted by Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.
As well as leading various UK Baptist Churches, he has also ministered in Eastern Europe, and North America.
Sam also writes a blog which can be found here.
If you would like to contact Sam, please contact the office.
An Elder supports Sam in the leadership of WBC, Helen Wallwork.
There are additionally Deacons who are responsible for the finance and maintenance of the church: Matt Wall, Neil Warren, Tim Willson, Liz Hill, John Salter, Chris Wallwork, James Mullen and Karen Mullen. Karen is the church's administrator.
Chris Wallwork was appointed in May 2011 as WBC's Youth Worker and leads the group for teens, Shout. Please click here to see the latest information for the Sunday evening Shout group (rather than the Sunday morning session that runs at the same time as the children's groups). You can contact Chris here.
A number of committed volunteers in the church family help to lead and support the children's groups each Sunday. All members working with young people have been CRB checked.
The Worship Team is led by David White, an experienced local music teacher, songwriter and performer.
The worship style varies for our 10.30am and Early (9am) services; the 10.30 service tends to be more upbeat and contemporary with a mix of instruments, whereas the Early service is a more traditional style, frequently using the organ.
If you'd like to find out more about our Worship Team (or how you can get involved!) then please get in touch through the church office.
There are many other ways to serve in the church and each role is valued in helping the church to run smoothly! Like all churches we have numerous ministries that operate week in and out in the life of the fellowship. Some have been going for a long time, others are more recent. The list that follows are some of the teams that operate in WBC and will give you a taste of the life of the church:
Finance; Child Protection; Administration; Maintenance; Health & Safety; Communications; Gardening & Lawn Care; Pastoral Care; Catering, Flowers; Evangelism; Alpha; Overseas Mission; Children's Holiday Club; Meeting Point; Worship; Projection; PA; Communion; Puppets; Banners; Welcome; Prayer Ministry; Drama; Intercession; Dance; House Groups; Preaching; ; Group Ministry; Nurture; Church Weekend Away; Children's.
Ministry in WBC is never limited to this list! If someone comes along with fresh and new gifting then more often than not a new ministry is begun.