Baptist Steering Group
My role is to provide guidance, support and leadership to the BSG, ensuring that we are listening to God, working collegially and are drawing together views from within the whole Baptist family so that we can be faithful to our vision of being a mission movement.
In November 2012, BU Council agreed major reforms to the denomination’s structures to strengthen the support it gives to local churches. Part of this has been the formation of a new leadership team responsible for implementing the strategy of our Union. 2013 was very much a year of transition to the new way of working and, therefore, a Transitional Steering Group (TSG) was established to lead in this work. From 2014 this group is called the Baptist Steering Group (BSG). Click here to email the Baptist Steering Group
Alex Afriyie - London Baptist Association Minister
I feel privileged to be a part of BSG and pray we can help to bring significant change to the Baptist movement for future generations.
Stuart Davison - Regional Team Leader, South Eastern Baptist Association
My main concern that I bring to the Baptist Steering Group is for mission, which should drive so much of what we try to do if we are truly a missional movement. I firmly believe that the word ‘independence’ should be struck from our Baptist vocabulary as it implies a non-Biblical ecclesiology.
David Ellis - Baptist Union Council Representative
With God’s help we are looking to continue to be a Spirit-filled Baptist movement inspiring and using all the diverse talents that we have.
Rob Ellis - Baptist Colleges’ Representative
Principal of Regent's Park College, Oxford
As Principal of one of our Colleges, my role on BSG is to represent the Baptist Colleges.
Marion Fiddes - Trustee Board Representative
I have served on the Trustee Board since September 2013.
Paul Goodliff - Ministries Team Leader
I am a Baptist Minister, and was previously Head of the Ministry Department of the Baptist Union from 2004 until the new Teams were established in 2013. Prior to this, I held pastorates at Lewin Road, Streatham and Bunyan Baptist Stevenage before my appointment as General Superintendent for the Central Area, then CBA Team Leader.
Paul Hills - Regional Team Leader, Eastern Baptist Association
I represent the partnership of the Central Baptist Association and the Eastern Baptist Association on the Baptist Steering Group. Together with Rob Ellis I have a particular interest in and concern for the Ministries Team.
Phil Jump - Regional Team Leader, North Western Baptist Association
I am the appointed representative of the northern partnership comprising North Western Baptist Association, Northern Baptist Association and Yorkshire Baptist Association. I also share specialist responsibility for communications.
Stephen Keyworth - Faith and Society Team Leader
I was appointed to the role of Faith and Society Team Leader in March 2013, and represent this Specialist Team on the BSG.
David Locke - Support Services Team Leader
I am the Team Leader for Support Services. This covers finance, legal, property, pensions, information technology, human resources and safeguarding.
Richard Nicholls - Transition Manager
I serve on the Baptist Steering Group as Transition Manager.
Grenville Overton - Regional Team Leader, Southern Counties Baptist Association
I am convinced the Holy Spirit is leading us into new ways to present God's love for each individual and the world, and I see the Baptist Steering Group having a significant role in this. That's why I am thrilled to represent the West and South Partnership which represents Baptists in the South West, West, South Wales and the Southern Counties Associations.
Dianne Tidball - Regional Team Leader, East Midlands Baptist Association
I am involved with the Nominations Group, and have worked on budget issues and otherwise generally in seeking to discern God's way forward for our Union.