It is the aim of the Elders and Deacons to empower every member of the church to become a disciple of Jesus Christ and experience a transformed life and in turn go on to make disciples themselves. As we work alongside other churches in the town, we aim to transform the spiritual temperature of our area.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Team Leader - Rev'd David Judkins & Claire-Lise
Associate Team Leader - Ken Matthews
20 years ago Grantham Baptist Church sent the Matthews family to Moorlands Bible College to train for pastoral and missionary work.
They then came home! Ken is transitioning on the leadership of the GBC team, ably supported by his lovely wife Sue.They have been privileged to watch their heavenly Father do many wonderful things in Bournemouth, Northern Uganda, South Sudan and even the Forest of Dean, and are full of faith that God will do it all again here in sleepy Grantham!
They believe that their principle role is to equip and mobilise every follower of Jesus to be a missionary in the place that God has put them. God has truly blessed them with nine lively grandchildren, and their own sons and daughters are eagerly following the Lord in their lives.
Ken's loves include preaching the gospel and teaching, gathering kingdom-come prayers, mentoring young leaders and equipping children and youth to do outstanding things with God.
Sue enjoys travelling overseas to serve the poor, visiting people, encouraging friends, meeting people as an optometrist and hospitality.
Ken has an agricultural background with the earthy sense of humour and you may hear him laughing before you catch sight of him! Sue loves making things pretty but has failed to achieve that at the time of writing with Ken.
They look forward together to many years serving the church in Grantham and maintaining their input to the overseas settings that they have devoted so much of their lives to.
Our team leader, David Judkins is working alongside Ken Matthews who has been Lead Pastor for some 5 years. Ken and Sue will still be supporting David at GBC but will be increasingly pursuing their calling to train and empower indigenous leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their passion is to see community transformation among the poorest of the poor.
David, his wife Claire-Lise with their 4 sons are living locally. He and his family recently returned after living in France for 7 years where they worked with BMS World Mission in planting new churches. Before his training for ministry David worked in IT project management. Claire-Lise, who is French, is also a trained minister with a background in youth work, is focussing on home-building while the boys are young, and pursuing further studies.
On joining GBC on April 1st (!), David said “It felt rather surreal to be beginning a new ministry in this challenging context.” He went on to add: “We feel uniquely prepared by God for such a time as this through our pioneering experience in France as well as serving with larger Baptist churches in the UK.” The usual welcome for a new Minister has been put on hold with the planned Induction Service postponed.
Pastoral Student & Safeguarding Trustee
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