Mark Duggan - Minister (Full Time)

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.

Tim Pearson - Church Family Worker (Full Time)

Tim was born in Cardiff, where his Mum still lives. Converted at the age of 17 in his late 20s he spent 5 years working within the inner city London for the LCM (London City Mission), before embarking on a career in primary school teaching. This was interrupted by working with an orphanage in Romania where Tim spent 10 happy years, being involved with the resident children and securing housing and funding for a home for babies with the view of finding them new adoptive or foster parents. Within that time, for 2 years he taught English at a Romanian High School. On Tim’s return to the UK he went back into teaching in a deprived area of Peterborough where the school was 50% Muslim and 50% East European.

In Tim’s spare time he supports Wales very enthusiastically, enjoys cycling and family walks. Tim has 2 adult children and he is about to embark on a new adventure with a new family.


Teresa Munday - Youth Worker (Part Time)

Teresa was born on the Isle of Wight and gained her qualification NVQ level 3 in supported living, for adults with learning disabilities.

Teresa left the Island (Isle of Wight) at the age of 28 to train as a Youth Worker with Youth for Christ in Potters Bar, and gained a qualification in Part time Youth and Community Work.

She became a Christian at the age of 8 at an Ishmael concert, realising Jesus really loved her. Teresa was challenged in her faith when she began training as a Youth Worker and began to rely on God more. In 2004 moved to Irthlingborough and began attending Park Road, which is where she was Baptised.

Teresa is married to Nigel and really enjoys sharing her faith with children and young people, in exciting and interactive ways. On a Sunday you will usually see her on the stage doing the actions for the kids songs or playing her 12 string guitar in the music group. During the week Teresa runs and assist at groups for children and young people.

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. Peter went to Africa with the Baptist Missionary Society in 1993. A regular preacher Peter has enjoyed serving PRBC as deacon and now secretary.

Peter is married to Michelle and has 4 children. Joshua, Emily, Hannah and Arthur. Peter 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.

Carol Little - Church Treasurer

Carol was born in Essex. Her Mum had a Christian background but her Dad did not. They were encouraged to attend church and she was in the choir for some years until they moved away. Although her belief in God has been with Carol since childhood, her relationship with Him has not always been close. After studying Mathematical Engineering at Loughborough University Carol attended Chelmsford Cathedral where she was confirmed and worshipped for some years. Carol worked as a software engineer before retraining as a maths teacher. Tony and Carol married in 1988 and now have 2 children. In 1997 they moved to Rushden from Essex to reduce there monthly outgoings. God knew Carol's relationship was not as it should be so placed her in close proximity to Park Road Baptist Church and used the Mums and Tots leaders to get her back to church. Carol has been attending ever since and my faith and walk with God has gone from strength to strength. Carol is passionate about mathematics and loves teaching it. She also enjoys reading - just about anything, walking, watching her son play rugby, and visiting National Trust properties.

Dug Benn - Deacon

Dug is married to Deb, they have two sons and four grandchildren. He was born and raised in Liverpool, joined the Navy at 18 and served as an engineer for eight years. He then retrained as a Therapy Radiographer in Plymouth and worked in the NHS in Exeter and London for 25 years before he and Deb felt called to overseas mission. They trained and served with BMS World Mission from 2009 to 2016 in Uganda and China. Dug became a Christian in his early twenties and was baptised a few years later. He has been an active member of previous churches as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and youth club leader when living in other parts of the country. He feels strongly that the local church should serve the local community and leads the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) group run by PRBC. He’s also part of the Sunday audio-visual team and church fabric team as well as being a ‘clearer-upper’ for Sunbeams Toddler group! He spends a significant part of his week grandparenting, is an armchair Liverpool FC supporter, enjoys a wide range of music from folk to classical via prog-rock, is learning to garden and gets very excited about the amount of electricity his solar-panels are making.

Hannah Clark - Deacon

Hannah is Rushden through and through, growing up going to St. Mary’s the local C of E church, where at age 13 she was confirmed. Though as a child she attended the children’s groups here at Park Road Baptist. At the age of 16 she decided Park Road was the church for her and around two years later became a member. She was baptised in 2017.

Hannah is passionate about children and in especially early years which is where she started her career as a nursery nurse, followed by nannying then becoming a mum herself and now working at a local school as a teaching assistant supporting children with additional needs on a one-to-one basis. As part of the church Hannah co leads Sunbeams our mums/carers and tots group and is part of the crèche team.

Hannah is married to Richard and has three children. In her spare time she enjoys, camping, cycling, walking, reading, gardening, and watching rugby.

Hilary Hill - Deacon

Hilary grew up in Hertfordshire. Her first memories of church are of the Congregational Church, Watford where she attended Sunday School. Sadly, the church was pulled down, and the family moved to another local church. It was there that Hilary was confirmed into the Church of England. She initially worked as a medical secretary but then moved to work in an American Bank for many years in London. After marrying Mike and having their daughter, they decided to relocate to Northamptonshire and shortly after had their son, Matthew. During this time, Hilary studied with the Open University to become a Primary School Teacher and taught for 17 years before taking early retirement in 2021. After their move, the family joined the local CofE church where Hilary became the leader of the music group. When the children grew older the family started attending PRBC. Hilary now helps in the Music Group, Sunday School and ESOL. In her spare time, she plays in a local brass band, is Volunteer Coordinator of a local Guide Dogs group and spends time in the stands at Franklin’s Gardens watching the Saints play.

Naomi Manning - Deacon
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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, Website, Livestream and is part of the leadership team.

Nigel is married to Teresa and they have an older married son and three grandchildren. In his spare time he likes to watch Sci-Fi films, listen to Country music and doing DIY.

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.

Stephen Taylor - Deacon

Stephen was born in Nottingham and grew up on the outskirts of the county in Long Eaton before he moved to Northamptonshire at the age of 19 to train as an Outdoor Activities Instructor. After many adventures in nature, he took a career change, and now works for an aviation services company as a Marketing and Communications Executive.

Stephen was raised going to church and has been a Christian for as long as he can remember. He was previously a member of a Church in Northampton, but after getting married to his wife Gabi in 2021, they looked for a local Church, which led to them joining PRBC in 2022.

You will often see (or hear!) Stephen behind the drums, and in his down time he enjoys getting out with his camera and watching movies and TV.

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 25 years. Linda says her faith developed from childhood, rather than a lightning bolt moment, baptised in 1979. 

Once her children went to school, Linda went back into full-time university education and gained an Honours Degree in European Studies and History. Having taken an active part in the communities in which she lived, roles included being a School Governor and Chair of the Personnel Committee for 10 years at Lincroft Middle School in Oakley; a Trustee of the FAIR Charity in Rushden for a number of years, including the role of Chair of the Personnel Committee. Trained and been a Bereavement Counsellor with CRUSE, providing the skills and experience to continue helping bereaved people.

Linda’s church life has included teaching children in church for 20 years, organising socials and Events, occasional preaching in services. As part of the Leadership team, for 7 years to 2014 Linda was Church Treasurer and managed the building at PRBC and since been a Deacon, taking a break last year after her husband died in 2021. 

Her other interests include theatre/concerts, foreign travel, music, Fitsteps and interesting walks.

Minister: Revd. Mark Duggan | 01933 741126 |

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