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Staff and Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and members of staff.
 
David lockwood   Karline Botha
Rev David Lockwood
Senior Pastor
 
Karline Botha
Family Worker
David began full-time ministry as an Assistant Pastor in Hertford Baptist in September 2009 having finished Theological training at Moorlands College, prior to this training David worked in the City of London in the printing industry over a period of five years.

David had been serving at Beulah Baptist Church as Associate Pastor from 2014 to 2018 alongside the Senior Pastor Graham Holliday who retired in 2018. David then became the Senior Minister in 2018 and since this time he has established several initiatives, (both inside & outside the church) with the outcome of a fruitful and meaningful relationship.

David is married to Caroline who also worked in the City of London.  Caroline is an amazing wife and Mum who loves God and is involved in the life of the church.
  Karline began her ministry as the Beulah Family Worker in April 2020, after being a teacher for twenty years.  She graduated from Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in 2000 and has taught in London, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, and Bexhill.  She is currently following a training course with Spurgeon College.

Karline passionately believes that God was preparing her all along for this current position.  God led her family to Bexhill and more specifically to Beulah to be an active part of this church family and be willing vessels for God’s love in their spiritual home.  She feels it is her honour and privilege to serve God through Beulah and the wider community.

Karline has been married for 17 years to Braam, who is part of the worship team.  He joins her in being an active part of our church family.  They have 3 sons, Chris, Braam, and Harry and they enjoy taking long walks, swimming in the sea, and having BBQs.
     
Gareth Williamson   Sue Matthews
Gareth Williamson
Youth Worker
 
Sue Matthews
Church Administrator
Gareth started volunteering as a youth worker shortly after becoming a Christian in 1997. He was quickly interested in sharing his newfound faith, especially with young people, so he started reaching out to young people using sports and community youth group activities.

The Church he was volunteering with recognised his gifting and employed him full time in 2006, and he completed his youth and community work training at Ridley hall Cambridge.

In addition to the essential safeguarding and first aid training, Gareth has further qualifications in mentoring, counselling, FA football coaching, and a Diploma in working with people who have special educational needs.

He has been a full-time youth worker since 2006 and has been working with organisations such as Youth for Christ, New Testament Church of God and more recently an Anglican Church plant in Oxford.
  Sue has been the Administrator at Beulah since 2005. She and her husband Paul are members of Beulah and have a daughter, Rosie.

Sue gained a BA (Hons) in Business Studies at Leicester and has worked for Christian organizations in an administrative capacity ever since. She worked for Christian Aid as PA to the Director prior to having Rosie, and whilst at Christian Aid was seconded to work for 2 years as Administrator for the Christian Conference of Asia.
     
Peter Wilson   Elders & deacons
Peter Wilson
Caretaker
 
Elders & Deacons
Peter took up the post of Caretaker in April 2016. He is married to Susan and they have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Peter and Susan joined Beulah in September 2004. Susan was baptized on Easter 2005 and Peter baptized on Christmas day 2005. Peter is a keen photographer and loves to do small video clips as well as taking part in several charity events for local and national charities.
  Beulah is also served by a team of elected Elders and Deacons who take special responsibility for specific areas of church life. If you'd like to know who the Elders and Deacons are please get in touch with the office, or have a look at the noticeboard in reception.
 

 If you need to contact the Church then please visit the Contact Us page.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome 

If you're planning to visit us on a Sunday morning, here is some useful information so you know what to expect.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.00 am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving a little early to ensure you can park locally (check the different restrictions on the roadside) and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

After the service you are welcome to join us for a hot or cold drink and a biscuit, this is completely free of charge and is a great way to informally meet a few of our members. 

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are accessible toilets available too.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.00 am with a warm welcome from one of our team. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 10 minutes. At this point, the children and youth normally leave and go to their groups.

Then, a person will often pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. At some point during the service, we will share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible-based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song or two and often there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for children of all ages:

  • Creche (Pre-school)
  • Sunday Club (Reception to Year 6)
  • Zone (School Year 7 -11) 
  • Young people Those in school years 11 - 13 are encouraged to help with Zone or Children's work if they'd like to, or stay in the main service. 

Children stay with their parent or carer at the start of the service for the welcome and worship. The service leader will clearly announce when it is time for the children and young people to go out to their groups.  If your child has not attended the group before, you will need to go with your children to register them as part of our child safety policy. 

The children's activities vary depending on the age but usually, there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Getting Connected


Connect Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small home groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. If you'd like to join a home group, get in touch with the church office and we can put you in touch with a group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If once you have visited a few times, you want to get more involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. Please talk to Pastor David or one of the Elders about the opportunities that are available. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Clifford Day centre for the elderly
  • Sunday Access group for adults with learning disabilities
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Parent and Toddler Group
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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