We are the Baptist Union of Great Britain ('BUGB', 'we', 'us'), a charity registered in England and Wales under charity number 1125912. Our contact details are:

Address:  The Baptist Union Of Great Britain, Po Box 44, Didcot, OX11 8RT

Email:  www.baptist.org.uk/contactus

Telephone:  01235 517700

This privacy notice describes what information (your ‘personal data’) we collect about you, the purposes for which we collect it and how we will handle and use it.

For the purposes of data protection law, we are considered as the ‘controller’ of the personal data we collect and hold about you and we are therefore responsible for it.

Our Legal Services Manager (Caroline Sanderson) is our Data Protection Officer and she is the person responsible for matters relating to the protection of personal data.  She can be contacted at the address above or by email or phone 01235 517700.

We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office ('ICO') with registration number Z5717589


We hold and process various categories of personal information for a number of reasons. We collect this data either from you or from third parties who provide it to us. For more details of the information we process please use the links below:

Information collected though the BUGB Annual Return Form (Paper and online forms)

Information provided in respect of the work of the Ministries Team

Information processed in relation to Safeguarding Matters

Information collected through our website

Information about you

We may collect information about you in the following ways:

Information which you give us

We collect information about you when you fill in one of our forms and when you communicate with us in writing, by email or phone. This can include (but is not limited to) your full name, address, email address, phone number(s), details of your church connections and your bank details. If you are applying for Ministerial Accreditation/Recognition or for a job with us additional information will be collected. Details of this can be found using the links above.

Information we collect about you

Normally we will only process the information which you have provided to us directly or through the person who completes your church’s Annual Return Form.

We may, however, obtain additional information about you from relevant third parties in connection with your application for Ministerial Accreditation/Recognition or employment with us. More details about what we collect can be found using the relevant links above.


Why we collect and process this information

In this section we list the different purposes for which we collect and use your personal information, as well as the legal grounds under the Data Protection Act 2018 on which we rely to justify such data processing.
Purpose   Legal grounds
Enabling us to contact and work with the most appropriate people in our member churches
The information is necessary for our legitimate interest of supporting, advising and resourcing BUGB member churches
Enabling us to respond to and contact individuals in churches who require specialist support in relation to property trusts
The information is necessary for our legitimate interest of supporting, advising and resourcing churches where we are providing Custodian Trusteeship services
Keeping those who have subscribed to one of our mailing lists updated with news and events in Baptist life
We only keep you updated on the basis of your consent for us to do so
Receiving donations for Home Mission, acknowledging receipt of donations and keeping a record of donations received, including legacies
The information is necessary for our legitimate interest to properly administer donations received and to maintain adequate and accurate financial accounts
Enabling us to facilitate our Ministerial Accreditation/Recognition system and the Ministerial Settlement Process.
Please see our separate ‘Ministries’ Privacy Notice

Enabling us to support our churches as they deal with issues relating to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk.
Please see our separate ‘Safeguarding’ Privacy Notice

Enabling us to update our DBS Checking Company (DDC Ltd) with details of those who can act as DBS verifiers.
The information is necessary for our legitimate interest to enable our member churches to undertake DBS checks on volunteers
Enabling us to pay expense claims to staff and individuals acting for us in a voluntary capacity
The information is necessary for our legitimate interest to properly administer expense claims and to maintain adequate and accurate financial accounts
Enabling us to respond to contact made through our website. Please see our separate ‘Website’ Privacy Notice
Enabling us to fulfil our statutory, contractual and pastoral obligations to our staff.
Please see our separate ‘Employment’ Privacy Policy which can be obtained from our People and Safeguarding Manager.

Disclosure of your information

At times we may share your information with others. The following is a list of who we will or might share your information with:
  • Our employees, contractors and volunteers on a need-to-know basis
  • Employees and volunteers working for one of our partner organisations with whom we have a Data-Sharing Agreement. A list of these organisations can be found below.
  • Access Group – who provide our database and finance systems
  • Our current website developers and administrators – ‘Church Insight’ a trading name of Endis Limited
  • Analysts and consultants who might help us improve and optimise our website
  • Our Mailing Company, Verite Ltd, to enable copies of the ‘Baptists Together’ magazine to be posted to Church Secretaries and who manage our online shop
  • MailChimp (names and email addresses only) who facilitate our regular e-mailings.
  • Individuals who contact us asking for details of a BUGB member church will be given the name and contact details of the person we have listed as the main contact (normally the Church Secretary or Administrator) of that church
  • Individuals who contact us asking for details of an Accredited Baptist Minister will be given the contact details that we hold.
  • The National Free Wills Network – only if you have completed and sent us the 'helping you plan' document from our Legacy Pack
  • Payment service providers
  • Our Professional Advisors, including our Auditors
  • Service providers who assist us with protecting ourselves from fraud and money-laundering or who assist us with managing our credit
  • Law enforcement authorities and other organisations which we may have a legal obligation to disclose information to
  • Others as listed in our ‘Ministries’ and ‘Safeguarding’ Privacy Notices

Where we keep your personal data

All your personal information covered by this notice will be stored in the UK. We will not transfer your information outside the European Union unless we are permitted to do so by law and we will inform you about such transfer before it is done.

Please note that our regular mailings are facilitated through ‘MailChimp’ which may process this data in the United States. ‘MailChimp’ participates in and has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. You have the right to unsubscribe from such mailings at any time.

Retention of data

We will keep the personal information covered by this policy for the periods of time specified in our Data Retention Policy and at the end of the applicable retention periods we will safely and securely delete it.

Your rights in relation to your data

You have a number of rights under data protection law. These include:
  • The right to access your personal data and to obtain certain information about it;
  • The right to rectify the data if it is inaccurate;
  • In some circumstances, such as when the data is no longer required or if the use of the data has no legal justification, the right to have that data erased;
  • In limited circumstances, the right to object to our handling of the data;
  • In limited circumstances, the right to restrict the handling of your data;
  • The right to obtain a copy of your data in a commonly used electronic form if the data is processed by automated means and the processing is based on your consent or contractual necessity.

More details about how these rights apply can be found in our Data Protection Policy which can be accessed from www.baptist.org.uk/GDPR

You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time when we rely on consent as a legal ground to justify our handling of your personal data. This would not affect the lawfulness of anything done before consent is withdrawn but it would stop us from continuing to use the relevant information.

You can exercise your rights or obtain more information about them by contacting our Data Protection Officer [by email or ring 01235 517700]

Complaints to the Information Commissioner

You have a right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) about the way in which we collect and handle your personal data. Complaints to the ICO can be made on the ICO’s website.

Changes to our Privacy Notices

We may change our privacy notices from time to time in which case we will upload the updated notice(s) to our website. It is advisable to refer to the privacy notice(s) regularly, particularly before sharing information about yourself which you consider to be sensitive.


Partner Organisations with whom we have a Data Sharing Agreement

Baptist Pension Trust Ltd

Baptist Union of Scotland

BMS World Mission                                       

Bristol Baptist College

Central Baptist Association

Eastern Baptist Association                           

East Midland Baptist Association

Heart of England Baptist Association            

London Baptist Association

Northern Baptist Association                        

Northern Baptist College

North Western Baptist Association               

Regents Park College

Retired Baptist Ministers Housing Society *

South Eastern Baptist Association                

South Wales Baptist Association

South Wales Baptist College

South West Baptist Association                    

Southern Counties Baptist Association

Spurgeon’s College

West of England Baptist Association             

Yorkshire Baptist Association

* Agreement still being finalised