Minister and Team Leader
Rev Chris Hughes is our full time pastor who started with our church in Sept 2008. Chris says:
“I was born in Chester and after becoming a Christian at the age of 16 I soon felt God calling me to full time, local Church based ministry.
I trained in Cardiff, then spent 12 years planting a new Baptist Church in Caldicot, South Wales. From there I moved to Upminster Baptist Church where I was Senior Minister for 15 years, developing team ministry principles, before eventually moving to Sittingbourne.
My leisure time is spent cycling, caravanning and watching various sports. I am married to Ann, who is a nurse and who enjoys gardening and walking. We have two children, Sarah Joy, who is a midwife working in Basingstoke and has 3 children; and Mark who is a PE teacher at Maidstone Grammar School who has 2 children.”
Minister in Training
Nathan Gordon is our ‘Minister in Training’. Nathan Says: “I was born in South East London where I spent 25 years living in Catford. After matriculating through primary and secondary education I pursued a career in Sport. Those plans where cut short as I soon felt God calling me to ministry.
I was privileged to commence preaching the Gospel at 17 and blessed to share the message of hope across the UK, Poland, Paris & Atlanta USA. In 2011, I Graduated from Harvest Bible College in Glasgow Scotland, I then moved back to London actively serving my local church in Youth, Sunday school, Prison & Music ministry before moving to Rochester.
In my spare time I love watching and playing Football, a proud supporter of Liverpool Football Club, And I also enjoy travelling.”
Church Office Manager (Beverley Sills)
I was born in the North-East of England- Hartlepool and went with my parents to the local Baptist church from the age of 3 weeks- so I am told! I became a Christian at the age of 13 and carried on through school Christian Union and into University in Canterbury where I served in several different posts in the University Christian Union. That is where I met Richard – we were married in 1989 and have since then had our three daughters- who are all very grown up now! Due to Richards job we moved from our first house in Hartlepool up to Scotland for just under three years and then 24 years ago this August we moved to Sittingbourne. We looked at the notice-board outside of the church here which hadn’t got a minister on it and we were disappointed as we have just had a year or so of no minister in our church in Scotland- then we walked the length of the high street and went into the Christian bookshop where we were told there was a newly appointed Minister so we came here!
I was at home at that stage looking after the girls and as they grew I trained as a Nursery Assistant and helped to start and run Bright Stars Nursery here at the church then I trained as a teaching assistant and worked at Fulston Manor then I trained as a teacher and taught in the West Kent College at Tonbridge for 11 years- and now I am here! Looking forward to the excitement a growing church creates!
You can contact Beverley directly – firstname.lastname@example.org.