Our Pastoral Staff, Elders and Deacons

Ian Stackhouse arrived in April 2004 to become Pastoral Leader of Guildford Baptist Church, after previously being Senior Pastor at Kings Church Amersham for 11 years. He is married to Susanna and they have four sons, all of whom support Burnley Football Club. In his spare time Ian likes reading novels, writing poetry, walking in the Surrey Hills, watching movies, playing football with his boys and listening to Russian Orthodox music!

Ian has thus far authored three books and contributed to a number of others. Click here to find links to these publications.

Elizabeth Hodkinson joined the church in 1987, and has contributed to the preaching and teaching ministry for many years. Until recently, she was Director of Training at CWR, but is now working part time at the church on a voluntary basis. Elizabeth enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and appreciating God’s creation – particularly birds. She keeps trying to take more exercise… 

Chris Toms is married to Amy and they have three daughters. He has joined us after spending four years in ministry at Walton Baptist Church. He has a real passion for building relationships with young people and seeing them blossom in character and in faith. In his spare time he loves to be outside and is a keen sportsman who loves football, rugby and the gym. He loves having a laugh and being surrounded by his nearest and dearest.
Tim Wears moved from Shoreham-by-Sea to Guildford in 1998 and has been attending Guldford Baptist Church ever since. In April 2008 he left work as a Chartered Engineer to take up a full-time pastoral role, with a particular focus on the worship life of the Church. Tim heads up one of the Church's worship teams and is involved with youth and young adults. Tim is married to Charlotte and they have three young children; he enjoys good food, good friends and quiet country pubs with real ale!

Lydia Birmingham has attended Guildford Baptist church since she was a baby. She studied Art History at Bristol University, and as part of her degree, lived and studied in Florence. After graduating, she became the Children and Youth worker for a small church in Bristol, but, eventually decided to specialise in Children’s work. Lydia is married to Sam and enjoys painting, baking and running.

Lance Redman has been a member of Guildford Baptist Church since 1985, was a founding member of Stoughton Congregation, and became an Elder in 2003. He initiated an informal football club that has been running for a number of years, and has also been part of a men's prayer and breakfast activity. As well as being a racquet sports fan, he is currently attempting to learn French. He is married to Therese and they have three daughters, two of whom are now married, and they have one grandson. Lance works for a firm of local accountants.
Martin Brunet became an Elder in January 2008, having been part of the Church here since moving to Guildford in 1997. He became a Christian at the age of 15, when an attempt to prove to his friends that he was a good agnostic led to him being bowled over by the Gospel for the first time. He is married to Clare and they have two children. He is a GP, working in Godalming, and is also a Governor of Holy Trinity C of E Junior School in Guildford, where he also runs the school chess club. He is passionate about art and loves to spend time improving his drawing and painting skills. 
Len Sheppard became an Elder in September 2011, having been part of the Church since moving here in 1989.  He became a Christian at the age of 15 at a youth rally in Salisbury. He was brought up in Wiltshire, but after “Uni” moved to Bristol where he met and married Rose. They have two children, both married, and are now grandparents. He worked as a senior manager in the MOD until 2005 when he joined the GBC caretaking team until March 2011. He was one of GBC’s congregational leaders for 10 years and currently serves in both the prayer and relationships ministries in the church. He is a Street Angel and a volunteer Town Centre Chaplain. He enjoys walking, reading, kite flying and occasional mountain biking . 
David White became an Elder in January 2015.
Alice Lee, Prayer Ministry Deacon 
Andy Hodgetts, Finance Deacon 
Sara Sims, World Partners Deacon 
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