Duggan - Senior 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.
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 and I also enjoy opening up our home and socialising with friends over food. We also enjoy watching comedy & period dramas.
I was born on the Isle of Wight and gained my qualification NVQ level 3 in supported living, for adults with learning disabilities.
I left the Island (Isle of Wight) when I was 28 to train as a Youth Worker with Youth for Christ in Potters Bar, I gained a qualification in Part time Youth and Community Work.
I became a Christian when I was 8 years old at an Ishmael concert, realising Jesus really loved me. I was challenged in my faith when I began training as a Youth Worker and began to rely on God more. In 2004 I moved to Irthlingborough and began attending Park Road, which is where I was Baptised.
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
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
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.
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.
Hi, I’m Karen. I was born and bred in Rushden, lived in Higham Ferrers for a bit and have moved back to Rushden. 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) – Chloe and Lily, 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.
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, Newsletter 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.
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.
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.
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.
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