Philip is the elder overseeing the teaching and praise strands of the church. He leads a Prayer and Care group, teaches 6th form Bible Class, organises and lectures at the Irish Baptist College Christian Education course in the church and plays in one of the praise bands. He is married to Meredith, has 3 grown-up children and 3 grandchildren, and is now retired having spent all his working life in education.
David is married to Wilma and has 3 grown-up children. He is involved in both visitation and teaching within the church. In addition to this, David also regularly has the opportunity to preach in other local churches. David is passionate about seeing others won for Christ and maturing in their faith. Outside of church David is employed in a local manufacturing company and is a keen sports enthusiast.
Terry was born in Coleraine and twenty three years later met the Lord in Portstewart. Since that day Terry has been careful to allow the Lord to direct his paths, especially in His leading to Ballymena Baptist Church. He is married to Rae and they have four children and seven grandchildren. Having retired his post as a Engineer in the Department of Regional Development, Roads Service, Terry says that he is now busier than ever with the administration of the church and his grandchildren! Despite this, since retirement he has still managed to discover all the coffee shops in Ballymena, and more than a few further afield.
Roy is married to Ruth and they have 3 children, Ashley, Timothy and Peter. His main responsibility as an elder is pastoral care within the church. In addition, Roy has responsibility for the safeguarding of both children and vulnerable adults. Much of his time outside of church is spent in his secular employment in the delivery of health and social care. When time permits (and not frequently enough!) Roy enjoys an energetic walk followed by a full bodied cup of coffee!!
Stephen is married to Angela and they have 4 boys. He works as a local GP and has interests in reading, walking and music. He is currently in charge of the worship team at Ballymena Baptist Church.
Natalie Lamont and Matthew Reid
Natalie Lamont is 22 years old and is now in her 2nd year in Ballymena Baptist as intern. She graduated with a degree in Theology & History and is studying further at Cornhill Bible College. Natalie’s role is mainly working with the young people, encouraging them to understand the bible for themselves, the basis of their faith and what it means for their lives. She takes particular interest in the girls, working alongside them to encourage them in every aspect of their lives. Natalie’s heart is keeping scripture central and letting every aspect of our programmes flow from it. She also loves visiting and spending time with the older people. One of Natalie’s targets is an inter-generational church, “as it’s one which is full of community and value!” Natalie says, “I have absolutely loved my first year, I have learnt so much, not only about the Bible and working with different groups of people but life lessons which will be beneficial for whatever path the Lord calls me to. I thank God for the opportunities He has put in front of me and the strength He gives me for every task!”
Matthew Reid is 23 years old and was a member of Newtownbreda Baptist before beginning his internship at Ballymena Baptist in September 2017. He graduated from Belfast Bible College with a degree in Theology and has begun to study at Cornhill Bible College. Matthew’s current role is mainly working with the young people, specifically the young men, driving them to read the bible and study it for all it is worth and applying it each day as they live their Christian faith out. Matthew has a heart for teaching the word and emphasising its relevance to our culture despite many people’s view that it doesn’t have one. Matthew looks forward to this year and settling in alongside other members of staff to see the church, and specifically the young men, grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.