The leadership team
As a Church we have a leadership team comprising of our Minister, six Deacons, a Secretary and a Treasurer. All these positions are now filled for 2013/4.
Currently the following are part of this team:
Minister : Pastoral Vacancy
[Formerly the Revd. Mike Pons (2005 - July 2012)]
The Deacons :
Val's profile: I have been attending HGBC ‘forever’ – my parents and grandparents were very involved in this church and it has has always been an important part of my life. I have been a Deacon for 5 years and whilst I take an active part in running the church my main role is “Pastoral Care”. This invloves visiting, caring, chatting, and praying with our church family. We have 10 pastoral groups each with a leader and with 4-12 people in each group. This gives us an opportunity to keep in contact with everyone and ensure they have someone to call upon. This has been a great help during our time without a minister.
I am married to Roy, who is also a member, and who helps with many things but especially the AV, email communications and part of the website – we make a great partnership. We have 4 grandchildren with whom we are very close. Our family is a very important part of our lives.
I enjoy cake making/decorating, gardening, walking, badminton, keeping in contact with friends and I help in our local charity shop. Lighthouse Great Missenden is another charity that we and our church supports. I take an active part in helping with this annual Christian holiday week for children.
My favourite Bible verse is “This is the day that the Lord has made : Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24), one of my favourite hymns is “Jesus be the centre”. The most important verse in the Bible is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength”.(Mark 12:30)
Pauline's profile: I became a Christian in 1984 in a small village church in West Norfolk and in 1990 we moved to Buckinghamshire with our family to join a Missionary Organisation, living and working at ‘Bulstrode’, the British Headquarters and Sending Base of WEC International (Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ), where we served primarily with WEC Press, printing and distributing Christian books and literature all over the world. In 2001 we moved to Holmer Green, where we set up a Christian Printing Press and joined the Baptist Church, feeling very much ‘at home’ from the first visit.
We edited and printed the Church magazine for several years and my husband, David, served as a Deacon. My hobbies are reading, listening to music (a wide variety of both) and I love to write. I’m currently working on writing a book and have recently joined a ’Writers Forum’ based in the USA. My family are very important to me and I love spending time with them and with the church family.
I have been a Deacon for two and a half years; a role I take very seriously, as I feel it’s a ‘God given’ challenge to honour Him in all that I do and say as part of the Team. Prayer plays a very important part in my life; it is an essential part of decision-making in my own life as well as in my role as a Deacon. Being responsible for the weekly ‘Church Diary Sheet’ is also an essential part of my role on the Diaconate. My favourite Bible verse is - ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness’ (2 Corinthians :9).
Whatever happens in any day, God’s grace is enough to get me through!
Mark's profile: I started attending HGBC in 2002 soon after my wife and I moved into the village from Beaconsfield. We started coming because we felt it was right for us to worship in the community in which we were living and still believe that is the case.
I joined the leadership team in 2008, in theory I am responsible for the property maintenance although I sometimes lead worship, chair our meetings (whilst we wait to call a minister) help John with the sound system and sometimes make the tea! My favourite verse would be 2 Corinthians 5 :17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
This was the verse given to me at my baptism and is thankfully as true today as it was then! My biggest talents in the church (if you can call them that ) would be loud singing (not always in tune!) and encouraging and involving others in the Church (please don’t avoid me on either count!) I enjoy most sports and though possessing little talent play golf and badminton (too old and injury prone for football and rugby!).
Mark's profile: I have been married to Clare for 8 years and we have two young children, two dogs and two cats.
John's profile: I like sports, photography, walking and going on holidays to relax! I've been coming to the Church for 3 and a half years but it feels like longer because the people at the church made us (me and Emma) feel so welcome. On a Sunday I often do the sound and visuals for the service and I also a do a bit of the website with Roy. I think HGBC has a strong sense of community and belonging and I really want people to feel supported within the church because Jesus welcomes all. My favorite book of the Bible is the book of James because it's so down to earth and challenging! At the moment my favorite verse is this: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (James 1:27).
Jane's profile : I have been attending HGBC for about 15 years. My parents have always been very involved with the Church and my Dad was a Deacon for many years. It’s from their love of Jesus that led me into his arms.
I’ve been a Deacon for 5 years – my main calling is youth and special needs work. I have worked in this area for 13 years and continue to do so.
Jesus is the centre of my life. My favourite Bible passages are “In you, O Lord,I have taken refuge“ (Psalm 31) and “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31)
Church Secretary :
Rosemary's profile: I've been worshiping at HGBC since I moved into the village in 1980. My faith means everything to me and with God I lead a very full life.
In the past my focus was children and the youth - running Sunday school classes, youth clubs, and some Christian musicals in line with my amateur dramatic tendencies. Recently God has moved my ministry to supporting the homeless in Wycombe - sharing my faith through friendship evangelism and prayer ministry with those who need help to rebuild their lives. Practically within the church I lead Sunday club classes and am now the official church secretary.
My favourite Bible character is Joseph of the old testament - he made mistakes, but throughout his captivity he maintained a great peace and faith in God. The Lord blessed him and even in dire situations he remained positive. This is a verse I hold onto in difficult circumstances:
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Genesis 50:20). My favourite hymn is "Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee".
Emma Maurice (Worship leading / Children's work)
Emma's profile: I’ve been at the church since the beginning of 2010 – having recently got married and newly moved into the area, Holmer Green Baptist Church proved to be the friendly church we were looking for. On a Sunday morning at church you might find me working with the children and young people, leading worship or serving tea and coffee. In my spare time I love the theatre and live music events, baking, reading, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Clare Jones (Children's work)
Clare's profile: I have been married to Mark for 8 years and we have two young children, two dogs and two cats.
We have been coming to HGBC for almost two years now and moved to the village from Loudwater in October 2012. We found the people at HGBC very welcoming and both our children felt very comfortable in the Church from the start which was key to us settling into a new church. I help with leading the Sunday Club and am involved in the planning of some exciting new activities coming soon to HGBC, including Alpha, Messy Church and Schools Weeks!
Treasurers: Gwyn Waugh (assisted by Bruce Waugh and Roy Allcorn)