Ed Jones is the Team Leader and Pastor at Battle Baptist Churchy. He is supported by Francis Willoughby and Mark Hirst who work as Associate Pastors.
Elders at Battle Baptist Church are appointed for 3 years and are people of example (2 Timothy 4:2); have a broad view of church life; can play a high profile role within the congregation; deputise for the full-time ministers; play an active part in leading worship; are mature Christians, committed to being part of a team; are approachable, showing a combination of sensitivity and strength. We range in age from almost young to fairly mature! We meet on alternate Mondays where the serious business of the church is prayerfully considered over the best chocolate biscuits we have to hand !
The church has a team of deacons who oversee various ministry areas of the church and work with small teams to keep all we do organized and running smoothly. They meet with the Elders on alternate Monday evenings for prayer. Each of these deacons is expected, as they serve, to Show Up; Champion: Serve; Grow as Disciples; Pray; Be Vulnerable with One Another.
We follow biblical principles on who makes a suitable leader within the church. Church members have opportunity once a year to nominate elders and deacons, and after time to discuss and pray together leadership teams are voted on. Similarly any change in pastorship, or full-time staff will be voted on by the church membership.