The Business of Mission

Appointment of Regional Minister Team Leader

Eastern Baptist Association New Regional Minister – Team Leader

The Council & Trustees of the Association are delighted to announce the appointment of

Rev Beth Powney as the new Regional Minister – Team Leader in succession to Richard Lewis.

Beth will take up her appointment on 1st September 2017. In the meantime she will start top familiarise herself with the Association, although she is no stranger to it in many ways.

Commenting on Beth’s appointment Linda Turner, Moderator of the Association, said: “This is an exciting and important time in the life of the Association. Beth’s skills complement those of the other Regional Ministers and together they will lead the Association into the new missional phase of its life.”

A member of the nominating panel adds

“As the Nominating Group gathered at the end of the day of interviews, there was a real sense of God working in and through our conversations. Throughout the whole process from the initial shortlisting, God took us on a journey, and it was a privilege to be a part of it. As we went round the group for the final time, God had spoken through his people, and there was an overwhelming sense of God directing in the nomination, and subsequent appointment, of Beth as the EBA Regional Minister Team Leader. I am truly excited by what I have heard and seen, and believe wholeheartedly that Beth will bring the best out of Simon and Nick and together they will form a very strong Regional team, continuing on the excellent work of previous Regional Ministers. Thank you for your prayers for us – God heard and answered.”

Beth has been asked to introduce herself to the Association, so she writes:

I feel privileged, excited, delighted and challenged to be joining the EBA in 2017.  Some of you I will already know, but others, I will never have met and I look forward to the opportunity of both rekindling old friendships and developing new ones.  So who am I and how has God led me to this point?

Stephen and I moved to Essex in 1980 when we were first married, when I was working as an Occupation Therapist for the NHS.  We soon settled as members of Billericay Baptist Church and there we remained and our family grew as Emma, our daughter came along and Rich our son, in due course, not forgetting my stepsons, regularly visiting.  I returned to work as an OT when the children were older working in a variety of roles for 11 years.  Then in 2001 the Lord called me into fulltime Christian ministry, when I accepted the role of Gap Year Co-ordinator with Viz-A-Viz ministries.  I had a delightful and exciting seven years with them as I worked both with the young people on their Gap year and more widely with the leadership of the charity.  Then in 2008 God led me into pastoral ministry as I started my training with Spurgeon’s College as an ordained minister.  It was at this time that we moved away from Billericay and came to live in Sandy in Bedfordshire.  Here I have served the local church for the last 8 years, seeing God restore and renew Sandy Baptist Church.  In local church ministry in Sandy I have loved working with our community, with the other churches across this rural area, as well as forming relationships with many people who are seeking to grow in the their knowledge of Jesus.  God has been good to us here, but the time is right to move on and see what new challenges lie ahead.  I look forward to what the future may hold as we work together to further God’s kingdom across the diverse region of the EBA.

Cambourne Church – Building Community in an new Community

A short video telling the story of Cambourne Church – a multi denominational church that was started in the new town of Cambourne.

Peterborough Theological Society

The Peterborough Theological Society Programme 2016-17.

An ecumenical society, open to all.

President: Rev Canon Jonathan Baker.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays, 7.30 – 9.15 pm,

at the Friends’ Meeting House, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6AB.

Parking is available.

Subscriptions: Annual – £20 (couples £30; unwaged students £10); Individual meetings – £4.



28 September: Rev’d Alison Gray  (Tutor in Old Testament Studies, Westcott House, Cambridge)

Samson, Hero or Anti-hero? Reflections on a Near Eastern Terrorist.

26 October: Rev’d Dr. Robert MacDonald (Tutor in Christian Doctrine, Ridley Hall, Cambridge)

Starting with the Spirit: an Approach to Trinitarian Theology.


30 November: Rev’d Canon Michael Rusk  (Team Rector, St. Peters Parish, Oadby)

Local and Global – Interfaith Today.




25 January: Rev’d Dr. Paul Walker (Minister, Highgate Baptist Church, Birmingham)

Peter Thomas Stanford: Birmingham’s First ‘Coloured Preacher’, 1889 – 1895.


22 February: Rev’d Andrew Hawes. (Vicar of Edenham, Warden of Edenham Regional House.)

Lost in the Labyrinth: Contemporary Trends in Christian Spirituality.


29 March: Rev’d Professor Chris Rowland (Emeritus Dean Ireland’s Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture, Oxford)

How William Blake can help us read the Bible.


26 April: Rev’d Dr. Harvey Kuiyam  (Ripon College, Cuddesdon)

African Christianity in Britain – Emerging Missional Impulses.


24 May: Dr. Elaine Storkey  (President, TEAR Fund; member of the Board of A Rocha)

Montgomery Lecture.

Theology for World Development, Sustainability and Justice.


28 June: Rev’d Dr. Marian Carter (formerly Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, St. Mark and St. John’s College, Plymouth)

A Time to Die – Theological Reflections on Death.
























Open – NAM Reflection Day

Open to all NAM reflection day.

November 18th 10.00am -3.30pm, Whitehouse Baptist Church, Ipswich.

The EBA have asked Rev Jo Williams to facilitate a day for us where we explore some ways of coping with difficult people and handling conflict. We would like to invite you to join the current NAMS in exploring this subject. The reflection day costs £10 payable in advance (No cost to NAMS), drinks will be available but please bring your own lunch.

Please book by 10th November with Hayley Beckett, EBA secretary.

The Revd Jo Williams is joint minister of Sion Baptist Church in Burnley alongside husband Andy. She is a community mediator in North West England, and has extensive experience of training others in mediation.

Engage awards (Cambs Only)

Engage Awards


Further Details

The Diocese of Ely is encouraging its churches “to engage fully and courageously with the needs of our communities” – and re-imagining our church buildings is named as a vital way of supporting that ambition.

The Trust would like to encourage such re-imagining and engagement by presenting ten Engage Awards each year for the next three years in recognition of good work done in that direction, by churches of any denomination, large or small.

The awards will be small – just £100 – but well-reported, and the Chair of the Trust aims to tour the recipient churches on our annual Ride, Drive and Stride Day (10th Sep this year) to present them in person. Churches seeking awards are asked to participate in this day, which raises money for them as well as the Trust.


Any church of any denomination in Cambridgeshire can apply. Sadly the Trust Deeds of the CHCT only allow it to support churches in Cambridgeshire, so while Cambridgeshire churches in other dioceses are eligible, Diocese of Ely churches in other counties are not.

The church must have completed a building project (large or small) within the last two years (i.e. between1 July 1014 and 1 July 2016) that helps it to engage with its community. The project must have received permissions and approvals such as a Faculty where needed.


Please use the provided form and submit it and your supporting evidence by email to the Chair at Any queries can be directed to the same address. The closing date for applications is July 1st to give good time for independent judging and arrangement of the presentations.


An out-of-county indpendent judge with experience of church buulding projects will adjudicate the awards on the basis of the applications, and their decision will be final. Applications not receiving an award will be presented with a Commendation.

Application form

Course – The Art of Spiritual Direction

Starting in September 2016.

For more details download the flyer.

The Art of Spiritual Direction Flyer

DBS Check arrangements


As of 1 November 2015, our DBS check service is being provided by Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC). This new arrangement covers all BUGB churches across England and Wales.

If you act as a DBS verifier for your church and have any questions relating to the DBS process, please contact DDC on 01162 603055 or email Their customer support team will be very happy to talk with you. Alternatively you can visit the Baptist section of the DDC website for more information including Quick Start Guides for their system:

If you need to add or change a verifier then please contact

More information and FAQs can be found on the Baptists Together safeguarding pages:

BUild (Baptist Union Initiative with people with learning difficulties) newsletter

Please download here

Transform Spring 2015

To read the latest edition of Transform please click here