Our people

Welcome to our “who’s who” page. Below are pictures of the various members of our leadership team. When it came to having our photos taken, the photographer asked us to bring along an item that is special to us, apart from a Bible. You will see below different items for different people along with some who just forgot – we are only human!

We do hope that you will come and join us for worship one Sunday and discover us in full colour!

João Bolzan

Deacon

What do you do Monday to Friday:

I work full time in the Security Industry.

Like and dislikes:

I like curry, travelling, Reading, preaching, exercising and playing with my 2 children

I don’t like bad coffee.

Family, Children, Pets:

I am married to Charlotte and have two young children: James (2011) & Rebecca (2013)

Two Sentence Testimony: 

I was born and raised in Brazil where I became a born again Christian. At the age of 17 I had to leave home because of my faith. I have been living in UK for nearly 10 years now and have been part of Godalming Baptist Church for over 5 years.

Jackie Farrow

Deacon

What do you do Monday to Friday:

I used to be a librarian (ssh!), working for The Guardian as a researcher and then was Information Manager for the environmental charity WWF, but since having children I've changed direction and am now a Teaching Assistant at a local Junior School in the mornings, and a Special Needs TA at an Infant School in the afternoons. I also have my own business running children's art classes and parties (and getting very glittery).

Like and dislikes:

I love dancing (badly, but with enthusiasm), picnics, paddling, camping and running.  I don't like runny egg-whites, kangaroos or jazz.

Family, Children, Pets:

I am married to Matt and have two children - Molly (7) and Charlie (5). Our two cats enjoy sitting on important documents. Our house is bulging at the seams so I am planning to build an extension out of Lego.

Two Sentence Testimony:

I grew up as part of the church family of Frinton Free Church, and consciously gave my life to Jesus at a Billy Graham mission when I was 10. I drifted away from God in my 20s but luckily for me, He is a loving and patient Father and guided me to Queen Street in 2006. Any thoughts of hiding at the back of the church and not having to talk to anyone were scuppered by Jim Brunt!

 

 

 

Nicholas Hetherington

Deacon

Eric Jarman

Deacon

What do you do Monday to Friday:

Retired Teacher

Likes & Dislikes: 

I like Travel, Music & Walking. I dislike Horizontal rain & Crowds

Family, Children, Pets: 

Married to Barbara (49yrs) Family: Three Children + Partners, Nine Grandchildren and the Hound "Bertie"

Two Sentence Testimony:

Brought up at Liss Central Hall Christian Brethren Church. Gave my Heart to the Lord at age 11- still learning to be a disciple. My Christian Journey has taken Barbara & myself all over the world seeing first-hand what He is doing in His World.

 

Catherine Lawton

Children and Families Worker

What do you do Monday to Friday?

I recently retired from nursing after 24 years as palliative care nurse (38 years as a nurse) as I feel God is calling me into children’s ministry. I am sure that my day will be taken up with my new role but I have also joined a rock choir as I love singing - although it doesn’t love me as much as it used to.

Likes and dislikes:

I dislike Grumpy old men, exercise (necessary but evil), sharing my chocolate and telephone cold calling.

I like grumpy old men; they present me with a challenge, dancing and singing so I love discos, parties and weddings which grumpy old men hate. Slapstick comedy especially Norman Wisdom. I would like to have tea with Dawn French or Julie Walters and I think Nelson Mandela was a wonderful human being.

Family and pets:

Jeff and I have 3 grown up children: Rebecca and then twins Rosie and Jem, so I know all about hard work. I have two new cats - mummy called Madiba Jellybean and baby Frida Lemon love cake.

Two sentence testimony:

As a child I joined the church choir to earn 5 bob for weddings where my mum worshipped. At 28 I decided to search for a God after a difficult experience. After trying out a number of different types of church I felt particularly at home in Queen Street. I recognised Jesus as my saviour and I was baptised at the age of 30. Thank God for his unfailing love and patience.

Sally Pollard

Pastoral worker

What do you do Monday to Friday:

I am the Pastoral Worker at GBC, which involves visiting those in need in their homes, hospitals, care-homes, offering time to listen and draw alongside them.  I try to get to know everyone in our fellowship of all ages – it involves lots of tea and chat in coffee shops in Godalming!  I'm involved with our monthly Games Afternoon, Thursday Group, Carers Communion & Holiday at Home. I also look after my two grand-children, while my daughter works, as well as being a housewife & gardener!

Family, Children, Pets:

I'm married to Bill, have a daughter and a son-in-law and two grandchildren and a son and his partner and a  springer spaniel called Charlie!

Likes & Dislikes:

I like all sorts of music and dancing. Walking by the sea-shore and calm seas! I don’t like coffee, car ferries that rock or waiting for a bus that doesn't turn up!

Two Sentence Testimony:

Having experienced both joys and heartaches in life I have to believe that there is a God who loves and accepts each and everyone of us. He is there for us to call upon. Faith in God and the love I see in others who radiate His love keep me going.

Graham Sheldrake

Deacon

What do you do Monday to Friday:

I retired from paid employment early in 2011 after a career in public-sector finance (including being made redundant on three occasions).  The first 26 of those years were with British Rail, with whom I trained as an accountant.  I moved to Godalming with my wife Anne in 1976 and we became members of Godalming Baptist soon afterwards, since when I’ve had various roles including Housegroup Leader, Deacon and Elder. I’m now one of the church’s three drummers, having taken up percussion about 15 years ago and the drum kit five years later, so you will find me in the ‘noisy corner’ when I’m allowed to be. 

Likes & Dislikes:

Retirement has given me time to learn more about photography, which I enjoy although the bag has got steadily heavier. I enjoy contemporary and classical music, Italian food, surfing and going out for walks with Anne, whom I married at 21. I also regularly enjoy ‘catching up’ with ex-work colleagues, usually in London. Dislikes? Top of the list has to be salad, especially when it appears unannounced in a restaurant…

Family, Children, Pets:

Anne and I have two grown-up children, both of whom are happily married and who strive to keep my CD collection up-to-date. We now have two grandchildren who are a delight to be with. 

 

Two Sentence Testimony:

I became a Christian at the age of 16, having been ‘challenged’ by the different lifestyle shown by Christian friends when at a summer camp down at Croyde Bay, Devon, but it was another four years before I took the plunge and was baptised.  I’d set out to prove (from the Bible) that getting baptised was purely optional, and all I proved was that I was wrong!