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.
Rev'd Craig Downes Bth. (Hons) MA (Theology) is our Pastor. He grew up in Africa and the UK and has had a varied career prior to his call to Ministry, including hotel management, opera singing, conductor/director of the Chepstow Musical Youth Theatre and manager of a Christian coffee and book shop. He graduated from Spurgeon's College and in 2016 completed his Master's in Advanced Christian Studies. Craig served on the Ministry Team at Chepstow Baptist Church from 2003 until being called to formal Ministry as Minister in Training at Enfield Baptist Church. Craig was Ordained and called to Pastor APBC in 2013. Craig has a passion for Mentoring and regularly mentor's young Christian Leaders for the London Baptists and also in other denominations. Craig was appointed as a District Minister for SETh (South East Thames District) and facilitates the regular meetings for Pastors across the Borough. Passion for cooking, watching Rugby, Cricket and has been a long suffering Arsenal supporter since childhood!
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 and is also responsible for Mission within the Church. In addition to her caring role at home, she works part-time for the Christian housing charity ACHAL.
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 Christian Resources in Bexley Schools (CRIBS) 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!