Deacon Team

Deacons

Deacons are elected for 3 years with the possibility of re-nomination for a further 3 years. Deacons are responsible for the administrative support of the church, which has been structured into various teams and ministries.  Church members are elected onto those ministries and team, except for the pastoral team, which is by appointment.  The leadership values everyone’s commitment and involvement in helping to support church life and so encourages people to become church members and to use their skills and gifts in the various ministries and teams.

Yves Tchoudi - Youth and Young Adults

Yves was brought up in a Christian family, but never quite understood what it meant to be a follower of Christ until joining Union in 2011.

"Giving my life to Jesus, living according to his will and knowing that I no longer have to wrestle with what I can or cannot do has felt so liberating and reassuring"

Life has been a rollercoaster in the past few years but, every time somehow miraculously, God has intervened and shown his favour and might again and again. How do I repay Him? I probably never will and I won't stop trying.

Yves is married to Agnes and is blessed with 2 great kids.

 

 

 

Judith Hamilton - Discipleship Ministry

Judith is married to Gary and has two wonderful daughters. The family came from Jamaica to live in the UK in 1998, and have lived in High Wycombe since 2004. They stumbled upon Union Baptist when walking from the Mayor's office and decided to visit the next Sunday.  They have not left since!

Judith is very creative and loves to make banners, decorations and costumes for the church and WOW services, she is a key member of our monthly crafty club, where she helps and inspires with her crochet skills. 

 

 

 

Caroline Wallbank - Treasurer

Caroline was baptised and first came into membership at Union in 1975 as a teenager. University and work then took her away from the area for a few years, but returned as a family to High Wycombe and Union Baptist in 1987. Since then she has served in a number of capacities, both on the diaconate and around the church.  She is currently helping as part of the organising committee for Fresh Cafe each summer, acting as venue coordinator for Wycombe Homeless Connection here at Union and can be found helping in creche on Sunday mornings.  She is currently the Treasurer and has responsibility for Finance Team.

 

 Ruth Weston - Administration

Ruth is currently administration deacon, helping church life run smoothly behind the scenes to enable the fellowship to serve Jesus in the heart of High Wycombe (as our strapline says) using skills gained during a career in higher education libraries and more recently a part-time job as administrator and book-keeper at a residential care home.

Ruth grew up near Nottingham. Taken to church from an early age, she grew into faith in Jesus and affirmed her personal desire to follow Jesus when she was baptised at 14 years old. She moved to High Wycombe in 1983 and has been a member of the fellowship at Union since then. She met and married her husband, Stephen, at Union and they live in Wycombe. Ruth and Stephen edit Union's monthly magazine, Broadcast, and are both active in the music group where Ruth plays guitar and recorder and sings (not all simultaneously!). She enjoys country walking (in fair weather!), singing with the Wycombe Philharmonic Choir, watching costume dramas on TV and film, and visiting National Trust properties (and tea rooms!).

 

Katie Hale - Communications

Katie is the communications deacon, leading the team who cover both internal and external communications across the life of the church. Katie has been attending Union since birth, and became a member shortly after being baptised in September 2015. Having grown up in this church, Katie sees it as home and the members and attendees as extended family.  Katie is married to Bogdan and both enjoy going to the cinema, the outdoors as well as playing complicated board games with friends.

 

 

Anthony Croft - Worship

Anthony and his wife Chris, one of our elders, both have busy and demanding roles in the health profession, yet find time to serve us here at Union. Having raised four boys, nothing can phase Anthony, and he leads the worship team with his wonderful calm and dedicated manner. When time allows he enjoys watching Wasps rugby team and coastal walks in Cornwall when visiting family and of course spending time with his granchildren. 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Weston - Property 

Stephen has been an integral member at Union serving in many roles including finance deacon for many years.  Stephen is also an active member of our Monday Maintenaince Team who meet each week to undertake many maintenace tasks around the Church building, and is well placed to lead the property team.  Together with his wife Ruth they edit Union's monthly magazine, Broadcast, and are both active in the music group where Stephen plays the bass guitar. They both enjoy country walking and visiting National Trust properties.

 

 

Mik Horswell - Communities

Mik has been part of the Union family for many years and has served in many different areas including our Scout group, HopeStreet, Men's prayer breakfast, small group leader and admin elder and deacon. 

Mik is known for his calmness in all situations as well as his love for colourful shirts and he will also wear shorts if the tempreature is anything above freezing!  He is married to Sue and together they help run the Wycombe Child Contact Centre