Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch on behalf of your souls, as those who will give account, that they may do this with joy, and not with groaning, for that would be unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17 WEB)
Jim Etherton Pastor
I have been pastor of HWBC since June 2014, but had been a visiting preacher here for about 18 months before that. I work for a specialist software company three days a week and for the church one day a week. It was while at university in the late 1970’s that I first heard the gospel and became a Christian. Since then I have been an active member first of Christ Church in Beckenham, Kent (where I met and married Sue) and then Fleet Baptist Church where I was baptised as a believer in 1997. I joined the Equipped to Minister Course for Lay Preachers and Lay Pastors at Spurgeon’s college in November 2011 and completed it in May 2014. Sue and I have two grown up children and enjoy being part of the fellowship at HWBC.
Philip Smith Deacon and Church Secretary
I am a retired Chartered Mechanical Engineer. My wife, Wendy and I have been members of HWBC for 16 years and I have been a deacon for over 10 years. It was 59 years ago in York that I accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Seven years later, I first joined a Baptist church and have been involved in Baptist churches continuously ever since.
June Marshall Treasurer
When I moved to Winchfield in 1986, I knew that the Lord wanted me to find a church, become a member and get involved. He led me to Hartley Wintney Baptist Church, where I received a warm welcome and settled. Only a few months after I became a member, I was asked to become an assistant treasurer. As an actuary, numbers and formulae are my forte, so this was not a problem. However, growth into leadership brought with it significant challenges in other areas! Currently, I am also a governor of a local school, treasurer of Messianic Testimony, and a Shop Volunteer with the National Trust as well as singing with a local choir.
Janet Benke Deacon
My husband Andrew and I have worshipped at HWBC since 1986. Before then we were founder members of Binscombe Church Godalming. I have been a deacon here for 7 years and have helped lead the pastoral team. As a professional musician it has been a great joy to use this God-given talent in leading the congregation in praise and worship each Sunday.