Church Staff and Elders

Steven Curry became Pastor in Ballymena Baptist in November 2017. He has previously served as Pastor in Bethany Baptist Bangor and Ballymoney Baptist Church. He is married to Gail and has four grown-up children, Andrew, Simon, Matthew and Jonathan. Andrew and Simon are both serving the Lord in ministry and Gail is the Director of Women’s Ministry for the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland. Steven is committed to the practice of faithful biblical exposition and is an able and gifted preacher. He serves on the board of UFM worldwide and loves to spend his free time with his grandchildren.
Alex Stephenson joined Ballymena Baptist as Assistant Pastor in September 2020. The call of God upon his life was first recognised in South Africa where Alex served for a year alongside an organisation called MusaweNkosi. Following this year he undertook theological training at the Irish Baptist College (IBC) and graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity. During his time at IBC Alex had many opportunities to preach and teach in various contexts, including annual trips back to South Africa, a placement in Magherafelt Baptist Church, and evangelism teams in England. He believes that to teach others well one must be taught well, so he is currently doing a MA in Theology. In his spare time, Alex enjoys time with family and friends— time which is predominately spent watching Liverpool F.C.


Philip Hewitt 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.
Ken Poston has served as an elder for over 20 years. He has a passion for Mission and oversees the involvement of our church in mission and support our members who serve as missionaries. He is married to Judith and has two teenage sons. He works as a senior engineer for a local manufacturing company.
David McCaughey 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 Fulton 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 Hamill 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 Russell 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.
Nigel Moore is married to Tracy and they have three young children – Hannah, Esther and Samuel. Nigel grew up in Ballymena Baptist and was saved as a young child through the influence of his parents and the Sunday School teaching of the church. He has served in various organisations in the church since his teenage years and, more recently, has served on the finance committee and as a deacon for seven years. He joined the eldership in November 2020, the third generation of the Moore family to serve in the role within Ballymena Baptist Church. Nigel is a Director of a medium sized firm of accountants in Belfast and is also a keen sports fan and passionate supporter of the Northern Ireland football team.


  Natalie McSorley is a church worker in Ballymena Baptist. She graduated with a degree in Theology & History and has also studied at Cornhill Bible College. For the past two years Natalie has worked as an intern in the church and her role was 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.

Mason McSorley joined Ballymena Baptist as an intern in September 2020. His life was completely changed when he met Jesus at age 15. He served in Milltown Baptist Sunday school for a few years & also as a youth leader in Newtownbreda Baptist for 6 years before getting married to Natalie and moving to the middle of nowhere AKA Ahoghill! Mason is originally from East Belfast and also works as an RE teacher. He loves working in Church alongside his wife Natalie – they want to help and encourage people in every possible way. Mason is excited to live for Jesus and work to build his kingdom.
Callum Aiken commenced his internship with Ballymena Baptist in September 2021. He grew up in the church and came to faith through the faithful teaching of the gospel both in the church and at home. He has been blessed to serve on the music and tech teams in the church for several years and is excited about the opportunity the Lord has given him to serve in this new role. Callum graduated with a degree in music and will be undertaking postgraduate theological study alongside his work in the church. Away from church, Callum works as a session musician and as a peripatetic music tutor in local schools. Callum has a passion for using music and technology to facilitate God’s people glorifying and praising Him and is looking forward to helping to develop these aspects of the Church’s ministry further.

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