What we do
Our regional ministry team is led by Revd Stuart Davison and includes Revd Paul Kerley. They are supported by Pam Kerley as their PA.
Together Stuart and Paul offer pastoral care to all Baptist ministers living and working in the region whether they are working in a Baptist church, pioneering situation, training for the ministry or working in other sectors (e.g. as chaplains, or for other organisations or have retired from active ministry).
They are always willing to speak at member churches across the region especially when the minister is not available and for special services such as church anniversaries. They usually lead induction and ordination services, representing the wider Baptist family. They are also happy speak on Baptist Home Mission, give updates on the work of the Association and to be involved in weekends away and other retreats or study/teaching activities.
Generally, Stuart looks after churches in Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex and Paul the churches in Kent, but there is always flexibility. Stuart leads on ministerial settlement placements and Paul on ministerial recognition and training.
Another key area of their work is supporting churches facing challenges where they need some additional help or where there is a dispute between a minister and their church. Where a church is unsure of the way forward, particularly where there is a potential financial, legal or employment issue at stake we would always encourage contacting your Regional Minister sooner rather than later as the earlier they can be involved the more likely it is that the situation can be dealt without getting out of control. Both Stuart and Paul are always ready to offer advice and guidance to Ministers, Church Leaders, Elders and Deacons over the phone, Zoom or a personal visit.
As well as leading our work in the Kent Thameside area, Revd Penny Marsh supports those involved in pioneering and church planting work across the region.
Wendy Mann is our Safeguarding Officer and is available to offer advice, guidance and support regarding safeguarding concerns as well as helping our member churches to maintain good practice in all your safeguarding arrangements. Wendy can help churches with individual when extra support is needed cases - assisting in the preparation of a Contract of Agreement and co-operating with statutory agencies as required.
The Operations Team is led by David Sheldon and includes Steph Tidy our Administrator, Pam Kerley as Events and Training Coordinator and Helen Boyd our Bookkeeper. As well as dealing with the administration and finances of the Association and organising our events and training activity, the team are happy to offer support to Church Secretaries and Treasurers on a wide variety of issues.