WHO WE ARE
Our vision is that, with God's help, we will be a spirit-filled and culturally relevant church; rooted in love, Christian fellowship, the Word, and prayer. With strong leadership, the involvement of everyone, and embracing fresh expressions of church, we aspire to see enthusiastic worship, the display of spiritual gifts, faith-filled prayer, a fervent heart for mission, and the growth of His Kingdom in this community and beyond.
Glenis Ruston is our minister, having started in August 2021. As well as preaching and pastoral support, Glenis will be helping us find a new permanent minister. She is working with us on a half-time basis until then.
She trained as a primary school teacher and worked in Penge prior to the birth of her first child. A few years after the birth of her third child she returned to teaching before starting work as a schools’ worker at a Baptist church in Bromley. She then gained a master’s degree in applied theology from Spurgeon’s College and was appointed the Children and Families Minister. During the first covid lockdown she was the sole minister, leading a team that introduced on-line worship and a new approach to pastoral care.
She is married to George, and their three grown up children have brought them six grandchildren.
The Deacons are elected by the membership and support the Minister in the administrative and spiritual leadership of the church.
David Keep is the Church Secretary. Currently Company Secretary for the Docklands Light Railway, David has served as a Sunday School Teacher and is a visitor for BU Mission grants.
Sarah Graham is Church Treasurer within the Church. In addition to her caring role at home, she works full time for a Christian Housing Charity called Mission Housing (www.mission housing.org.uk).
Darren Armitage works as a delivery driver. Darren has taken on responsibility for organising the prayer life of the church and welcomes any prayer requests. He enjoys a good steak and likes to watch films. Use our contact form to reach Darren.
Carole Farley is a former young person's social worker she works for CRiBS (Christian Resources in Bexley Schools) helping to bring the gospel message to children in local schools. She works as part of the Primary Team delivering RE lessons and seasonal productions to primary school children. She is a regular visitor to Hurst Primary School and Bexley Forest Pre School.
Carole heads up the APBC youth and children's work and runs the weekly PSP and monthly Messy Church meetings. She is a big fan of the Minions and all things banana-like!
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Baptism & Membership
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