Along with our minister, the leadership team has responsibility for the oversight of the church, whilst there is also a team with responsibility for pastoral care. There are teams in place for leading worship and for looking after the premises and the fabric of the building.
Welcome to our website, and to Oakes Baptist Church. I have been at Oakes since April 2017 following a move from Northamptonshire, where I had served for 11 years as the minister of Desborough Baptist Church. Before training for ministry, I worked in the chocolate and sweet making industry (and, strange though it may seem, I had a lot more friends when I worked in a chocolate factory!)
As a church community we want to be welcoming, caring and growing together as followers of Jesus. One of the things that I really enjoy about my role with the church is helping people to discover the truth about Gods love for them and then sharing in the journey of discipleship together.
Since moving to the area, my wife Dani and I have enjoyed exploring some of the wonderful Yorkshire countryside, usually with Barney our dog following close behind! I also enjoy serving in the community as governor at a local primary school. I hope that you find the website informative. If there is anything else that we can help you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch, or come along to one of the events at Oakes where we will look forward to welcoming you.
I heard about Jesus at Sunday school and as a teenager made a commitment to follow Him. I studied German and French at university and joined Oakes almost 30 years ago when I came back to Huddersfield to live, work and get married. I am mum to triplet daughters, one of whom has complex additional needs. I work in a special school with an amazing group of children who teach me more than I could ever teach them. I was widowed at the end of 2010 and the last few years have been really difficult. I have been so grateful to the church family for walking alongside us and to God for His faithfulness in the stormiest of storms.
I like cooking and cleaning(!), helping out in the church café and sharing a meal and a game of canasta.
Something you may not know: I am addicted to charity shops and the garage is full of interesting ‘resources’. If ever you need a didgeridoo or a flamingo …….
I joined the leadership team in July 2012, and have been worshipping at Oakes since 2005. I made a commitment to Jesus as a little girl one evening after thinking about what I had heard in my Sunday school class but it wasn’t until my first year of university that I realised what trusting in God meant as a day to day reality. That was a while ago now and I honestly have not looked back. My faith in God and his awesome power is central to all that I am and all that I do.
In my work life I am a primary school teacher who has been doing supply teaching for the past 18 months and I love the variety this brings. My enthusiasm for working with children and young people also spills over into my church life and I am involved in our youth and children’s work as well as being the Safeguarding Trustee.
Something you may not know: I once lived in Nassau, Bahamas for 18 months and I get very involved with films I see at the cinema – and am very easily scared! An example of which would be my being the only one who screamed when the sharks appeared in Finding Nemo (very embarrassing for me, hilarious to my friends!).
I am a Baptist minister, who retired in 2011 after 8 years as pastor of New North Road Baptist Church in Huddersfield. I previously pastored 4 other Baptist churches and for a few years was also Director of the Christian Enquiry Agency.
My wife Sue, who is an experienced relationship counsellor, and I have since become very happily settled at Oakes, believing that this was where God would have us be. We have three children, Isabel (married to Dave) in Glasgow, Hugh (married to Jen, with our grandsons Ben and Toby) in West Virginia USA and Sarah (or CJ as she prefers) living with us. CJ also enjoys the life of the church at Oakes. I became a member of the leadership team in 2014.
I have been a Christian since the early 1960s. Since then my faith has grown and deepened in many ways. I take prayer very seriously, and in 1997 was awarded a PhD by Manchester University for a dissertation on the theology of intercessory prayer. This was published by the Ashgate Press in 2006 under the title Intercessory Prayer. Unfortunately it is now out of print!
I have been part of the Oakes Church family since Summer 2007. I cannot pinpoint the exact date but I became a Christian in my mid-thirties and for many years attended a small village Wesleyan Church. I moved to Oakes to be part of a larger fellowship where there were people of all ages and all backgrounds and I was made to feel welcome from day one. I travel over 10 miles to Oakes but it’s worth it! I have been blessed by the teaching, the music and the house group meetings.
In my work life I work with people on personal development and improving confidence through coaching and help local businesses with organisational development. I love to see people learn new skills and put them to use.
Something you may not know: I love pottering about outside with plants in all weathers and generally doing little DIY projects and fixing things!
I have the attended the church at Oakes since 1998 and have always been impressed at its sense of reality and its courage to tackle difficult questions. Within the church I work as part of the pastoral team and am a Sunday School teacher.
I trained as a musician at Hull University and subsequently as a classroom teacher, instrumental teacher and workshop leader and spend time making music in various ensembles. Other interests include travel and curry.
Something you may not know: I’m a big fan of the astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore but have an elementary knowledge of astronomy.