Leadership Team

Steve and Jo-Ann Gaunt have two adult children, Lizzie and Peter. They are both from Bedford and have been married since 1982. Until 2004 Steve had spent most of his working life in the water industry, which included a number of projects overseas. Steve felt the call along with Bromham Baptist Church (BBC) into paid full-time Christian ministry in October 2004 and worked as a Staff Elder of BBC. Jo-Ann has spent time as a nursery nurse and since 2002 as a Christian School’s Worker for Impact (Bedford School’s Support Trust). Jo-Ann’s work takes her into over 30 Lower and Middle Schools in the Bedford Area, taking assemblies, RE lessons, lunch and after school clubs. At a Special Church Member's Meeting of Bromham Baptist Church in January 2008 the call of Steve and Jo-Ann to plant a church in Marston Moretaine was confirmed. And at our Inaugral Church Meeting, Steve was called as our Minister and Jo-Ann as our Associate Mnister. 


Liz Edwards 

Anita Hanwell is married to Kevin, they have four grown up children and one grandson. They met and married in Cardiff in 1979. Anita has a passion for overseas mission and enjoys travelling. She is an adult tutor, teaching English as a second language, and also works as a counsellor, counselling children and adults. Anita and Kevin were part of the original team that came from Bromham Baptist Church.

Trevor Ogden is married to Judith and they have two married daughters, both of whom are teachers. All of his business career was in the banking industry with the last twenty years before retirement in commercial property finance. Having been brought up in a Christian family he came to a personal faith at the age of 14. His early church life was in the Open Brethren and he has since worshipped with both Anglicans and Baptists. He served as deacon and secretary at Bromham Baptist Church and for two years was lay pastor at Stevington Baptist Chapel. For some years Trevor was on the national speakers team for Christians against Poverty and continues to preach at many local churches.


Sherri Read and her husband Chris were at school together. They married in 2003 aged 20 and have 3 teenage boys. They moved to Marston Moretaine in 2006 but have lived in this area of Bedfordshire most of their lives. Sherri started attending Vale Community Church in November 2009 where she discovered God and gave her life to Christ in February 2010. Sherri’s background is in childcare. She helps at the church’s Baby and Toddler group Tiny Tots each week and helps teach in our KidsZone. Sherri’s passion is to encourage and show younger people that they are important to God and an important part of God’s family and the church family.
Amanda Thompson has been married since 2002 and has lived in Marston Moretaine since then. She has two children. She has lived in Bedfordshire all her life apart from her time at university in Crewe where she trained to be a teacher. Amanda has taught mostly part time in Bedfordshire lower schools since 1999. She has been a Christian since February 2002 when she gave her life to Christ whilst visiting her brother and sister-in-law’s church in Porth, South Wales. Amanda has been part of the congregation of three other churches in Bedfordshire and joined Vale Community Church when she felt God calling her to worship and serve in her own community.


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