We are a diverse congregation of all ages and backgrounds united in our Christian faith and with a passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus with others. Our congregation at our Sunday morning services averages 120 - 150. We have people who have been on their Christian journey for a few weeks and others up to 70+ years and we have a strong core of families with school age children. We have an active and vibrant youth and children’s work and we employ a part-time youth worker to lead this work supported by many volunteers.
Mark was born in Birmingham but spent most of his childhood growing up in Hong Kong. He became a Christian aged 12 at a Christian Youth Camp and was baptised at the age of 15. After completing his Metallurgical training at Birmingham University, Mark moved to Sheffield to work for British Steel in Rotherham. In 2002 he left Sheffield to train for ministry at Oak Hill Theological College in London. His first pastorate was at Bramley Baptist Church in Leeds. Mark became the Minister of Park Road Baptist Church in September 2013.
Apart from his wife, Rachel, and their two daughters, Mark’s obsessions are Star Wars, U2 and Bruce Springsteen. He also enjoys walking and crime fiction.
Patrick Barker - Associate Minister
Hi I'm Patrick Barker and I was born in London in 1970 and lived most of my growing up years in Pence near Crystal Palace. Before becoming a minister my longest full-time job (for 15 years) was as a pastoral care worker in a high school in Worcestershire. I also worked as a carer in a residential care home for two years prior to starting my ministerial training. In the summer of 1982 at the age of 11, I asked Jesus to take charge of my life. I remember being so excited that I wanted to tell the World, so I put a red cross on my bike, started telling my friends about Jesus & began a small group with my siblings. I am passionate about God's people being alive and active in God's World today.
I am married to Rachel and we have a son called Samuel. To relax I enjoy a weekly swim, walking and occasional canoeing plus playing the piano & saxophone. I enjoy a variety of activities and time with my son Samuel. My wife & I also enjoy opening up our home and socialising with friends over food. We also enjoy watching comedy & period dramas.
Carol Little - Church Treasurer
I was born in Essex. My Mum had a Christian background but my Dad did not. We were encouraged to attend church and I was in the choir for some years until we moved away. Although my belief in God has been with me since childhood, my relationship with Him has not always been close. After studying Mathematical Engineering at Loughborough University I attended Chelmsford Cathedral where I was confirmed and worshipped for some years. I worked as a software engineer before retraining as a maths teacher. Tony and I married in 1988 and now have 2 children. In 1997 we moved to Rushden from Essex to reduce our monthly outgoings. God knew my relationship was not as it should be so placed me in close proximity to Park Road Baptist Church and used the Mums and Tots leaders to get me back to church. I have been attending ever since and my faith and walk with God has gone from strength to strength. I am passionate about mathematics and love teaching it. I also enjoy reading - just about anything, walking, watching my son play rugby, and visiting National Trust properties.
Peter Hunt - Church Secretary
Peter was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1969 while his parents were working there. They came back to the UK in 1970 and eventually by some twists and turns wound up in Rushden. Peter became a Christian at 18 and has a heart for world mission. He went to Africa with the Baptist Missionary Society in 1993. A regular preacher Peter has enjoyed serving PRBC as deacon and now church secretary Peter is married to Michelle and has 3 children. Joshua, Emily and Hannah. He is an administrator for a small company in Northampton. When not at Church or Work, Peter loves watching Dvds (especially Dr. Who) and is attempting to find time to write a book.
Richard Clark - Deacon
Richard is a born and bred Rushdener – only living away from the town whilst studying his degree in Materials Engineering at Nottingham University. He gave his life to Jesus at age 13 at a Covenanters Camp and was then baptised at aged 17 at Highfield Baptist in Rushden. He moved to Park Road following his marriage to Hannah in 2001. Richard and Hannah have 3 children. As well as his role in the leadership team. Richard is one of the leaders of the Youth Circle group for teenagers that meet on a Sunday morning. Richard works as a Telecommunications Engineer for Unify and enjoys camping, walking and watching Rugby.
Louie Foreman – Deacon
Hello! I’m Louie Foreman. I was born in Northern Ireland. My parents were Christians, and I was brought up with family prayers as part of my daily routine. In fact, I attended three Sunday Schools every Sunday afternoon, so had 21 years of Bible teaching in my first seven years of life! My father was employed by the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA), so we moved many times during my primary and secondary years of education. I became a Christian in my early teens and was baptised when I was 15. I have been employed in the Health Service for 34 years, first as a cadet nurse, and then I did SRN training before becoming a midwife and health visitor. Now retired, I am involved in the life of PRBC. My interests are in Pastoral Care and being a member of the Food Parcel Ministry team. I keep busy with family life. We have 5 grown up children and 10 grandchildren so there is hardly a dull moment! It’s great to be part of the church family at PRBC and it is my great joy to serve the Lord wherever I am able.
Richard Papworth – Deacon
Richard Papworth grew up in the Cambridge area where he qualified as an Aircraft Design Engineer. Having married Christine in 1971, Jane and Robert were born with Victoria arriving just after moving to Rushden in 1976 when Richard began working at Sureweld where he is M.D.
Shortly after moving they became members at PRBC and trained as Campaigner Chiefs. Richard was elected onto the leadership team in about 1980 and has continued to serve as a Deacon and also, for a period of 15 years, as Church Secretary.
Richard is keen on sailing and watercolour painting although most of his spare time is taken with DIY and spending time with grandchildren.
Lydia Wilson – Deacon
Lydia was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. She became a Christian at a young age and was baptised at age 25. After completing an elementary education degree at Mississippi College and teaching for 4 years, Lydia moved to Dallas to complete a christain education degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. While in Dallas, Lydia worked as a part-time Director of Children's Ministry. Lydia has volunteered in children's ministries since she was a teenager and has continued to volunteer since completing her degree. From 2001 she has continued her work as an educator.
Lydia is married to David and they have 3 young children. She loves to travel, but most of her spare time is spent at home as she enjoys a good mystery book, adventure movie, or getting stuck into a craft project.
Linda Williams – Deacon
Linda was born and lived in West London for 24 years, working in London until she married Peter in 1973 and they moved to Oakley in Bedfordshire. Linda and Peter have 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren. Linda moved to Rushden with her family in 1987 and has attended PRBC for over 20 years. Linda says her faith developed from childhood, rather than a lightening bolt moment, and she was baptised in 1979.
Once her children went to school Linda went back into full-time university education and gained an Honors degree in European Studies and History. Linda's church life has included teaching children in church for 20 years, organising socials and events and being part of the welcoming team. For 7 years to 2014 Linda was Church Treasurer and managed the building at PRBC and was part of the leadership team. Linda recently returned to the Leadership team as a Deacon.
Her other interests include theatre visits, foreign travel and music. Early last year Linda took up a new skill and began learning to play the ukulele. She now plays with the Raunds Ukulele Orchestra.
Peter Sheldrick – Deacon
Peter was born in Norfolk in England but lived in Scotland from the age of 4 until he returned to England, following graduation from Heriot Watt University, to work as a Civil Engineer. He met Katie in 1983 while working in Oman and they married in 1984. They returned to the UK in 1986 and now have three children and two grandchildren. Peter currently works as a Technical Manager in Peterborough on the design and construction of water projects for Anglian Water. Peter was brought up in a Christian family and gave his life to Jesus when very young. He has worshipped in various denominations including, Brethren, Baptist, Nazarene, Anglican, Dutch Reformed, Presbyterian and ecumenical projects in Scotland, England Saudi Arabia and Oman. He has served on the leadership teams of churches for most of the time period between 1984 till now and he currently leads the PRBC music group. In his spare time Peter is a director of the family business, Port Ban Holiday Park, and plays in a local table tennis league.
Nigel Munday – Deacon
Nigel was born and lived in Essex near Southend-on-Sea for the first 24 years of his life and then moved a little further north to Witham in Essex until 2001, when his job in London relocated to Northampton.
Nigel became a Christian at a Dick Saunders Crusade around the age of 15 and was baptised shortly afterwards. In the last church he attended in Essex, he assisted in a number of different areas including welcoming people, youth work and being part of the leadership team. Here at Park Road Baptist, he helps to look after the Audio Visual system, the building maintenance and is part of the leadership team.
Nigel is married to Teresa and they have an older married son and two grandchildren. In his spare time he likes to watch Sci-Fi films, listen to Country music and doing DIY.
Trevor Higgs – Deacon
I was born in Birmingham in 1943 and after completing school my family moved to Cheltenham in 1962 where I trained as a Chartered Structural Engineer designing both buildings and bridges. In 1973, I started work in Bedford and came to live in Rushden. I meet my wife Valerie and started to attend Park Road where we were married in 1974 and have two children. I was baptised at Park Road in 1991 and became a church member and then became a Deacon from 1995 to 2001. I have been a home group leader for about 20 years. I have also been involved in many other areas of Park Road life including the youth club, Campaigners, the FAIR charity as well as the alterations to the church buildings and their maintenance. My other interests include family history, motorsport, cycling and DIY.
Karen Maynard – Deacon
Hi, I’m Karen. I was born and bred in Rushden, but I now live in Higham Ferrers. I work in a local vets practice as a receptionist/administrator. I really love this job as every day is different. I grew up in Park Road after being brought to Sunday School at a young age by an elderly neighbour. I think she knew my mum needed a break from raising 3 children under 6, taking care of an elderly mother and her brother who was having mental health problems. My mum isn’t a Christian so I’m glad this neighbour did bring me and my siblings to Sunday School. I gave my life to Jesus at the age of 15 at a Campaigner Camp and I was baptised a year later in 1986 and became a church member. I was baptised with my twin sister, which was such a joy.
I’m single and I live at home with my mum, who has various health problems. I have a twin sister and 2 brothers, all are married and I have 3 nieces. I have 2 Westies dogs as well as 3 cats. I enjoy getting out and about with the dogs, reading and cross stitch.
At PRBC, I help to organise the visiting team for our elderly members who can no longer come to PRBC. I help with the children’s work once a month. I love working with people.
Teresa Munday – Youthworker
Hi my name is Teresa Munday and I am the Youth Worker at Park Road Baptist Church. I am married to Nigel. I really enjoy sharing my faith with children and young people, in exciting and interactive ways. On a Sunday you will usually see me on the stage doing the actions for the kids songs or playing my 12 string guitar in the music group. During the week I run and assist at groups for children and young people, along with the Associate Minister, Patrick Barker
Park Road Baptist Church is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and is in agreement with the EA basis of faith.
We Believe In:
The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
We who covenant together, do so as disciples of Jesus Christ who have responded to His call, who seek by His help to grow in our relationship with Him, and to renew our commitments to Him. We have experienced His saving grace, by faith, and know the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives.
We acknowledge Christ as our Lord and Saviour and will seek to serve Him, giving ourselves to one another in love and witnessing to the truth of the Gospel.
In following Jesus, we commit ourselves to prayer, thanksgiving and worship, and to studying God’s word as the infallible rule of faith and practice, seeking to observe its teaching.
We maintain that baptism is an ordinance commanded by our Lord for believers, as a sign, by immersion, of their oneness with Him in his death and resurrection, and as a seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We promise to seek communion with our Lord at His table, believing that the symbols are the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
As members we promise to gather together regularly for worship, the ministry of the Word and Prayer, as we are able.
We recognise our responsibility to maintain God’s House, the church premises and support it’s work and witness, by our commitment, abilities and resources.
We will seek to further the interests of the Baptist and wider Christian family, and as Christ died for all, to support the work of BMS World Mission.
Aware of our social responsibilities, we will seek to maintain Christian witness day by day in employment and public affairs, and engage in social ministries as the Lord leads.
Through our Youth Work, we will endeavour to teach and care for the children that they may come to know Christ for themselves and follow Him.
In Christ’s strength, we covenant to care and pray for one another, and walk together in love, maintaining unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We will seek to be kind and tender-hearted one towards another, loving one another with patience and understanding, and covering each other’s weakness with love, so ‘fulfilling the law of Christ’.
And so we now agree to walk together in the fellowship of the Gospel, in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
‘Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.’ Ephesians 3:20,21 [NIV]
Baptist churches are found in almost every country in the world. As part of the world-wide Christian church, Baptists form one of the largest families of faith, alongside other trinitarian Christian traditions such as Anglicans (Church of England), Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Free Church Evangelicals, etc. Like many other evangelical churches, Baptists believe that the Bible (Scripture) is the supreme authority in all matters of life and faith and conduct. In common with many other Protestant denominations, Baptists practice Believer’s baptism (as opposed to infant baptism) and regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Communion).
For Baptists the concept of a family is important. The church is not so much a particular place or building, but rather a family of believers, committed to Jesus Christ, to one another and to the service of God in the world.
In this Baptist family everybody is equal, for everybody has a part to play in the service of God. There is no hierarchy of bishops or priests exercising authority over their members. Equality of status, however, does not mean that all have the same role.
The members of each local Baptist church appoint their own leaders - or ministers - to have particular responsibility for preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Working alongside these ministers are also deacons, who together with the minister(s) form the leadership team of the local Baptist church.
Baptist churches are self-governing and self-supporting, ranging in size from twenty or so members to many hundreds. Although each Baptist church is an independent entity, Baptists nonetheless have always believed in associating with one another - and so the churches come together in regional, national and international spheres to promote and support the fellowship of Baptists everywhere. Park Road Baptist is a member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB), the Evangelical Alliance and the Council of Churches for Rushden and Higham Ferrers.
The Baptist way of being the church is living together in community.
(This article is adapted from the article: Who are Baptists? on the Baptists Together Website).
A team of volunteers visit the elderly and house bound members of our congregation and make regular visits to local care homes.
Food Parcel Ministry
Our Food Parcel Ministry exists to support people (mainly families) who are in crisis due to financial problems which leads to them not being able to afford to buy food. We are able to provide support for short-term periods or for one off emergencies, when called upon by our contacts. Our contacts come mainly although not exclusively through a Parent Support Worker from one of our local schools. We prayerfully consider each emergency. Where we can, we also help with items of children's clothing, baby clothes and baby utensils. PRBC Food Parcel Ministry is here to help local people in need and to spread the message of God's love and care for everyone.