|Mark Duggan - Minister
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.
|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