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. 
 
Richard Lake is married to Clare and they have a son, Josh. They moved to Bedfordshire in 2014, previously living in a sleepy village in Hertfordshire near to Welwyn Garden City. Prior to joining Vale Community Church in September 2016 as a Minister in Training, Richard had a number of roles in previous churches including youth worker, elder, Alpha co-ordinator and home group leader. Alongside the practical experience gained working at Vale Community Church, Richard is studying theology at Regents Park College (part of the University of Oxford) as part of a three year programme. Taking the scenic route through life, Richard has previous experience as a management consultant, professional photographer and stay at home dad as well as working for a church.
 
Kevin & Anita Hanwell Kevin and Anita Hanwell are married with four grown up children and one grandson. They met and married in Cardiff in 1979.  Kevin runs a business which provides high quality sound and lighting for church and community events. 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. Kevin and Anita were part of the original team that came from Bromham Baptist Church.
 
dave Marchant Dave Marchant is married to Ann, they have four daughters and two granddaughters. Dave became a Christian in 1985, he and Ann were baptised together in the October of that year. For twenty years he has been involved in church leadership having served as a leader at his two previous churches – both as Church Secretary. He has also served on Council/Executive for the local Association, first on the Executive for Bedfordshire Baptist Association and then on Council for Central Baptist Association when Bedfordshire was merged with the neighbouring counties. Dave did not hesitate when Vale Community Church was planted in Marston Moretaine and has remained with it from the very start.
 
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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