Deacon Team


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 - Outreach 

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 our WOW services, she is a key member of our monthly crafty club, where she helps and inspires with her crochet skills. 



Ian Manktelow - Treasurer

Ian and his wife Lynn have been worshipping at Union for around 20 years and have 3 children. Ian came to faith and was baptised in his teenage years. For many years he has coordinated the team of helpers at Union who support children and young people with learning difficulties and has also served on different ministry teams. Ian is currently the Treasurer, working with the Finance Team to ensure good stewardship of the church’s financial resources. In his spare time he enjoys walking their mad cocker spaniel, climbing mountains and watching sport.



 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!).


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.



Roger Mundy – Missions

Roger attended a lively Congregational church in Hayes, Kent, where he committed his life to Christ at the age of 15. He has had a heart for missions since being inspired by his church’s involvement in Papua and from reading of the life of Jim Elliot, the Ecuador martyr. Roger himself served in mission in Papua New Guinea as a teacher, firstly on VSO and then with Wycliffe Bible Translators at the International High School in PNG from 1980-91. He has also worked in missions based in the UK and joined Union in 1999. Roger was married to his wonderful wife, Tina, for 42 years and cared for her until she died in 2016. He now finds God’s grace helping him to contribute to church life in preaching, promoting our own missionary links and sharing in two homegroups. Roger also sings in a community choir, enjoys hiking and swimming and keeping in touch with or visiting his many friends around the UK and overseas

Karen Bates – Children and Young Families

Karen started coming to Union in 1999.  Although she came to faith as a teenager, she realised that she had been neglecting God and needed to take action.  She has retired from teaching and is now able to give more time to God’s work in the community.  Karen is part of our Open the Book team leading assemblies in local schools and also volunteers with Wycombe Youth for Christ.  She is the chair of governors for three nursery schools, a qualified netball umpire and grandma to Grace & Frankie, all of which keeps her pretty busy.  When she has some free time she likes to read, potter in the garden and spend time with family and friends.


Sheena Dykes Communities

Sheena's task is to support the church in serving its community by showing the love of God through practical action. She held a similar role previously when Community Ministry was launched in 2005. As a result of that activity, she became a co-founder of Wycombe Homeless Connection in 2008, and has chaired it ever since. Sheena is married to Mark and has grown-up twin daughters; the family joined Union Baptist Church in 2002. Sheena enjoys walking, climbing hills and spending time with her family.



Cathy McNerney- Discipleship


Cathy is married to Jon and together they have 4 grown children.  They started attending Union in 2017.  Cathy grew up in the USA and has lived in Europe for 28 years, 12 years in the UK and 16 years in Geneva Switzerland.  She came to faith as a teenager but drifted away from God at university.  God mercifully drew her back and she recommitted her life to Him when she was 36.  Cathy has been employed in marketing and administration, has run her own business, and has worked as a full-time mum for 10 years.  She currently serves as a part-time volunteer chaplain at Amersham Hospital. At Union, Cathy leads services and the Women’s Prayer Group and has served on different ministry teams.  In her spare time, Cathy enjoys reading historical fiction, walking with friends, bikepacking with Jon, travelling to see her children (spread far and wide), and walking her chocolate lab.