Church Leadership

Please find below some information about our Ministers, FAITH Leaders* and other key faces

Simon Hudson   Simon Hudson (Senior Pastor)
Simon, his wife Lynda and their three children came to WBC in 2011 from New Park Road Baptist Church, London. Simon had previously worked as a chemistry teacher before feeling called to pastoral ministry. Simon trained at Spurgeon's College in London gaining an MTh degree focusing on 'eschatology' (the Christian doctrine that Jesus will physically return) for his dissertation. Simon became a Christian at the age of 5 and so is passionate about children's ministry and the simplicity of the Christian faith which is open to all. 
As a minister, Simon's vision is taken from Acts 20:20 - to get the Christian message into homes on a regular basis - and so he is always willing to visit people to offer pastoral support and spiritual care. You can listen to his sermons on our resources page and, when time allows he blogs at Simon is also passionate about football - playing, coaching and supporting Blackburn Rovers!
Esther Mason   Esther Mason (Minister with Youth and Community Portfolio)
Esther, along with husband Phil and their 3 teenagers has been part of WBC for many years. In September 2014 the church affirmed her call to train for pastoral ministry and a year later she was inducted as our Minister in Training. Having finished her training in the summer of 2018, Esther was called as a part-time Minister for the coming year - with a particular focus on mentoring and supporting those involved in youth and community work. The church decided to extend her time in this role for a second year ending July 2020, but she will be gradually reducing her hours over this time.
David Bright   David Bright (FAITH Leader, Church Treasurer)
(biography to follow)
Nick Chancellor  
Nick ChancelIor (FAITH Leader)
Nick was baptised as a teenager and has been a member of Wallingford Baptist since 2011.  Both he and his wife Rachel have been involved in the leadership of the Church in recent years. They live in the nearby village of Blewbury with their cat Dorothy.
Nick Gough   Nick Gough (FAITH Leader)
Nick has been a Christian since his early teens. He and his wife Sarah joined WBC in 2006 having moved into the area. They have two children of primary school age. He is a Geography teacher and also enjoys teaching both adults and teenagers about the Bible and the importance of integrating faith into the whole of life, particularly by promoting social justice and fighting inequality. Away from WBC he enjoys supporting Ipswich Town Football Club and Essex County Cricket club, playing chess, mountain walking, travelling, running the occasional marathon, and Star Wars.
Gale Parlett     Gale Parlett (FAITH Leader)
Gale was born in Eire and baptised and confirmed in the Church of Ireland. At 18 she joined the army in England and met a Christian soldier through whose testimony God challenged her to accept Jesus as her Saviour – as she did so the awareness of God’s love hit her with such force she had to be helped back to her quarters as if drunk! Gale's passions are prayer and to see God's people reach their potential in Jesus. Gale has been part of WBC since 1981 and has been involved in women’s ministry and prayer ministry, as well as using her extensive craft and upcycling skills to transform the building for holiday clubs and other events. She helps with Oasis, holiday club and Toddlers. She and John have been married 42 years. They have grown up sons and grandchildren.
Judith Payne   Judith Payne (FAITH Leader, Church Secretary)
Judith grew up in North Wales in a Christian home attending a small Presbyterian Church, often 3 times on a Sunday! She became a Christian as a young teenager, realising she needed to make a personal commitment and not just believe because her parents did. Her faith developed during Christian caravan rallies and holidays which gave her the opportunity to meet other Christian teens. She studied Town & County Planning at Nottingham Trent University where she joined the CU, led a small group and attended St Nic’s CofE Church. She moved to Wallingford in 1989, and started attending WBC, where she met her husband, Jon. They ran the youth club for the next few years. They now have 3 adult children. Judith has run parenting groups for parents of different age groups, bringing specific experience of parenting a child with special needs. She attends the Thursday morning Life Group, Breathe on Fridays, and sings in the worship team. She works part time for a local autism charity as an administrator, sings with Thameside Singers and walks her dogs, Lola and Lulu. She's always happy for a coffee and a chat!
Suzie Willers     Suzie Willers (FAITH Leader)
Suzie grew up in a Christian home and can’t remember a time she didn't know God. She was baptised at 16 and has continued to grow in her faith since. Suzie and husband Pete joined WBC in 2004 just after moving to Wallingford. She is a full-time Mum to their 4 lively children and so spends most of her time in toddler groups or walking (running!) children to and from school and other activities. As a family they like being outside, cycling, swimming, camping, going on adventures, and being creative (she freely admits their house is very messy!) Suzie is part of the Toddlers team at WBC and leads a small discipleship group for women. A Freedom in Christ course she attended in her mid-twenties had a significant impact on her, re-aligning her identity as a child of God and deepening her understanding of God’s immense love for us all, which is something she likes to share with the many people with whom she comes into contact daily. Recent years have given the family testing times which have deepened Suzie’s faith in God. He is her Rock and Redeemer.

*FAITH Leaders

Following the church AGM of 19 March 2018 we have moved from having a group of "Deacons" with a portfolio of practical responsibilities, to a new group called "FAITH Leaders". They continue to serve as the Charity Trustees but their main role is to assist the pastors with the spiritual leadership, vision and pastoral care of the church.

A "FAITH Leader" should be full of faith (Acts 6:5; 11:24) as well as being full of the spirit (evidenced by fruit and gifts) and wisdom.

Approachable, Accountable, And with a God-given desire to serve in this role
Intercessors ... People of prayer
Truthful ... People who know the truths of faith
Honest ... Respected and active members of the church

Pastoral Assistant

Amanda Higgin pastoral assista     Amanda Higgin joined the team from Sept 2019 as our volunteer Pastoral Assistant, working 3 days a week supporting the pastors in particular with their work with the elderly, children and young people.

Amanda has been coming to WBC with her family since before she could walk. Following a rejection of belief, however, she came to faith in 2011 after meeting with God at Soul Survivor. She was baptised at WBC in 2012. Amanda recently graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Theology. In the years since coming to faith, Amanda has been gradually realising that God may be calling her to Baptist ministry, and hopes to return to Oxford to train at Regent’s Park college. She loves preaching, teaching, and the weird bits of the Bible. In her spare time, she reads a lot, writes speculative fiction, and loves tabletop games, especially Dungeons and Dragons.

Church Administrator

Heather Wright administrator     Heather Wright became our first paid administrator in February 2018, and works 2 days a week, usually Wed and Fri in the church office. She handles safeguarding administration, website, database, newsletter, and other communications matters, as well as church bookings and calendar.
Heather grew up in an evangelical C of E church in Ipswich, was confirmed in her early teens but came to faith at 20 through studying John's gospel in a small group. Her faith journey has been somewhat "hilly", with such heights as feeling called to cross cultural mission in East Asia in her 20s, and depths of depressive illness and anxiety (with which she still battles). Heather has been part of WBC since 2016 and was baptised here in 2017. She continues to learn that when God calls her to step out in faith He's usually more interested in changing her own heart than changing the world with her help! He has now given her the privilege of discipling her 2 small boys and she is thrilled to be part of the Toddlers @ WBC team. She is married to Ed and they live in nearby Woodcote.

Designated Person for Safeguarding

Mike Higgin safeguarding     Mike Higgin is our designated person for safeguarding, which means he is the person to speak to if you have any concerns about the safety of a child or adult at risk. You may like to familiarise yourself with our safeguarding policy, but it can be summarised in saying if you have any concern whatsoever, make a quick note and call Mike straight away - he will be able to decide what to do.