Our Minister - Andy Machin
Our minister is Andy Machin who joined us in September 2017.
Andy was brought up in a Christian home but felt called by God to express his commitment to following Jesus by being baptised in his early 30’s. After 19 years working for a major UK bank he was called into full time ministry with his previous churches being in Essex and Bristol. He loves introducing people to Jesus, and is passionate about church being in the community, working in partnership with others who are community builders, as, together, we seek to meet the practical and spiritual needs of the people of Seaford. He is a keen birdwatcher and sports fan.
In addition to our Minister Andy Machin we have a Pastoral Worker and a team of leaders who serve in the Church to provide pastoral care and spiritual leadership, and as trustees also seek to help it run smoothly. Each trustee also overseas a particular area of the church.
Pastoral Worker - Hilary Lawrie
I was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, and came to live in England when I was 17 years old. I have attended a Baptist Church since 1987 and was baptised in 1989. I have been attending Seaford Baptist Church for 3 years and am delighted to be part of the church family here and to serve in the role of Pastoral Worker.
Trevor Atkinson - Treasurer
Trevor serves as our Treasurer.
I moved to Seaford 12 years ago with my wife Rachel and our 2 children Lydia and Jonathan from Poland and France where we had lived for nearly 7 years. When I moved back to the UK I started up my own company based in Seaford which manufactures and exports Pharmacy medicines.
I owned and ran Living Words bookshop in Place Lane Seaford with Rachel in our spare time and after it closed in 2012 I became more involved in the men's work at SBC where I now jointly lead a small group and also help with running Who Let the Dad's Out.
I have been on the Leadership Team for just over a 2 year's now. I was originally involved in the Wider team and the Cabin management group and now have transferred to the Stronger team following my appointment as the Church Treasurer.
Alex Drury ~ Gorham -Youth & Young Adults
Alex is our youth and young adults worker, running the Friday night youth club, Sunday school, school assemblies and other events through out the week.
He's worked with young people and youth groups for the past 12 years. He has also spent time in Nepal and India working in church there, and looks forward to heading back there soon!
Alex is assisted by Naomi Ayres, our Youth/Office Support Worker (see Administration Team below).
Frank Parker - Trust Secretary
Bio coming soon!
Jim Howell - Care Group Co-ordinator
I came to Seaford with my wife Janet in 2015 and we quickly settled at SBC. My role in the Leadership Team is to work with Andy on the teaching programme. I am also one of those who give some of the Sunday talks. In addition, Janet and I lead and host a Care Group and help Andy to co-ordinate the Care Groups.
Since moving to Seaford, I have been volunteering with the National Trust and Sussex Wildlife Trust on conservation work and various wildlife recording activities, and in 2016 I became Chairman of Seaford Natural History Society. I see this as an important aspect of my ongoing Ministry.
I have two grown-up daughters and we have regular get-togethers. I am also very blessed to have two granddaughters and feel very fortunate that we have been given the opportunity to regularly look after them.
Judith Ellis - Community Worker
It is a privilege to be part of the Leadership Team at Seaford Baptist Church (SBC). It feels like coming home as, in the 1990’s, I often joined my sister and her family who worshipped at SBC. It was also good to get to know Andy Machin, Roger Murphy and others at SBC when we took part in the East Sussex evangelistic event called the Turning. My role at SBC is the Community Worker at the Cabin on the Cradle Hill Estate. I will be working with the team that provide care and events for people on that estate.
I am originally from, Peacehaven, East Sussex. In 2014 my home town became my base again after 40 years away. For the last 5 years I was my mother’s carer and the Hub Director for Westminster Theological Centre at Ashburnham Place managing Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Kingdom Theology. Before this I was a BMS missionary for 14 years in Nepal. I was based in Kathmandu I was the CEO of an International Christian School in Kathmandu, a teacher training centre for Nepali schools and teachers as well as leadership training for principals and church leaders. My passion is to see the church living out the Lord’s Prayer; 'Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'
Roger Murphy - Evangelism
Roger and his wife Jill moved to Seaford in 2013,and Jill became a family worker with Waves soon after.
Roger became a Christian in his mid twenties from a non church background of football hooliganism in London, and for the last 35 years has been a commissioned evangelist working across the UK leading numerous missions and seeing many people of all ages becoming Christians.
Roger is currently part of the team of our Christian outreach work at The Cabin. This is for the community on the Cradle Hill estate with a programme of childrens clubs,special needs group,coffee pot for adults, and Sundays @ The Cabin for families. He is also helping the church to develop evangelism strategies in Seaford with outreach events and exploration courses for those seeking to become Christians. Roger loves the sea,walking,football,and is a passionate Chelsea fan !!
Jenny Chapman - Social Action & Mission
I was born in Worthing where my father was organist at Christ Church C of E church. It was in the youth group there that I met my husband Neville. We came to Seaford Baptist church in 1970, so were very involved when SBC moved from Broad Street to its present building in Belgrave Road. We were also both very involved in the youth work for about 21 years. We then worshipped at Steyne Road Methodist church for a number of years, where again I helped in the youth work and we were both involved in outreach.
After my husband died in 2013 I came back ‘home’ to SBC. I am part of the small team of flower arrangers and I help in Scallywags, the group for preschool children and their carers. I am now also part of the Cabin team.
I have three married daughters and am very blessed that they all live fairly locally so I am able to see them often and my six grandchildren.
My role on the leadership is to be part of the overseas mission team and a point of contact for the church groups which involve non church members, such as Scallywags.
My name is Elke. That's German and it means "of noble birth" and "Oath to God" in Hebrew. My parents were not Christians and picked that name without knowing its meaning. I grew up and lived in South West Germany without knowing God until my early twenties.
During an adventure camping holiday in Egypt with a group of Christians the infectious way of expressing and joyfully sharing their faith became so intriguing that I wanted to explore it myself. That's when Jesus entered my life, invited me to follow him, showed me who I am and set me on a new, truly adventurous path.
In my early Forties I met my husband, Richard, moved to be with him in the UK where we got married. We settled in the Windsor area and I worked for an engineering company for 7 years in International Industrial and Defence Sales. Then we moved to Seaford and joined Seaford Baptist Church. I served previously for a number of years on the leadership in my church in Germany and was asked to come and serve as a trustee at SBC. So, here I am and hope that my contributions will serve their purpose in whatever way Jesus leads the church and myself.
Sheila White - Prayer
My life radically changed when I became a Christian in 1983 through attending a gospel outreach meeting. My husband gave up his job; we sold our house and became missionary videographers, travelling in the UK and abroad. I was healed and gave birth to two children in 1989 and 1991. I became involved in home schooling and Christian education for several years. We have led home groups and I have taken part in prayer initiatives in various contexts. I was a trustee of Embassy Bible College from 2000 to 2020. I have a particular interest in Israel, Bible study, teaching, writing and prayer. I previously studied languages and trained as a bi-lingual secretary. I am a grandmother to two young girls. We have lived in Seaford and attended SBC since the end of 2014.
Penny Smoker - Health & Safety
Penny is retired having lived and worked in the United States for fourteen years where she was the personal assistant to the Senior Pastor of a large Southern Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona.
Penny volunteers at the Church two mornings a week, where she manages the front desk and produces the weekly notice sheet, room schedule and updates the Church notices, plus any other office duties as required. She is also a member of the church leadership team and over looks Health and Safety. Penny is married to Kevin, with two sons and four grand- children.
Richard Faulkner - Facilities Co-ordinator
Richard was born in West London and spent 30 years in the Travel industry working in all aspects and then gained experience in an engineering firm and as an Expeditor in the supply chain.
I have been married to Elke my wife for nearly 10 years and we moved down to Seaford in the summer of 2016 for work purposes. When I was younger I enjoyed all sports, playing a lot of football and cricket. I enjoy long walks with my wife over the Downs and along the seafront in Eastbourne and here in Seaford. I so enjoy my work now at SBC and look forward to helping people and facilitating all the diverse groups that use our building.
Naomi Ayres - Youth & Office Support Worker
Naomi was born in Eastbourne and raised in Seaford. She has been attending Seaford Baptist Church from a young age. Naomi supports Chelsea Football Club and is a big supporter of Women's Football.
Naomi is our Youth/Office Support Worker. She supports Alex with the Youth and Young Peoples work within SBC. She also works in the church office and is a key person on the Audio/Visual team.