Staff and Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff members.
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Jo Hellenbrand - Minister in Training   Val Statt - Church Secretary
Hello, I’m Jo and I’m the Minister in Training. Up until recently I was working for a Bank, where I’d been for over 30 years since leaving school. I became a Christian when my daughter Abby was born and I started bringing her to Pinocchio’s Mother and Toddler group here at the church. I met with people who became my family and found a deep faith in God whilst attending a Christianity Explored Course back in 2007.

I was Baptised here and immersed myself into the life of the church which has included visiting the elderly and sick members of the church, leading Women’s Fellowship, running CAP Money courses, serving as a Deacon and leading our Tea Service each month. I have plans to set up a Dementia Café and Cinema afternoon shortly when the church can reopen after the Covid 19 pandemic. I have also served as the Treasurer and Trustee of the Southend CAP Debt Advice Centre and act as a role of Befriender.

I felt the call to ministry in 2018, waking up in the middle of the night with a certainty God was calling me to this role. This was explored and confirmed by the Baptist Minister Recognition process throughout the following year with me being Inducted into the role of Minister in Training in the autumn of 2019.

I find it a privilege to be used by God in this role of pastoring to the people of Eastwood and look forward to what God has in store for me and Eastwood Baptist Church in the years to come.

If you would like to know more about what living a life of faith in Jesus Christ is really all about or wish to contact me please do so, I’d love to hear from you.
God bless.
  Hi, I am Val Statt and currently hold the position of Church Secretary.  I first started coming to Eastwood Baptist Church in 1998 and then with my husband Andy we became members shortly afterwards.  My journey of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ began in 1985 when I responded to his invitation to let him into my heart. 
Revelation Chapter 3 Verse 20.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me”.    We all can have an understanding of who God is and Jesus, but being a Christian to me is having a relationship with Jesus Christ and basically letting him lead my life.  Not as some sort of robot but using all my gifts and talents to serve him.   It is and continues to be a great journey and one I have never changed my mind about.   We as a church welcome everyone to come and experience this relationship with Jesus and with us as a church family.

Prayer is an important part of the life of a Christian, and this is just talking with God, anytime anywhere.  You don’t have to book a ‘time slot’.  He has been with me through developing cancer and the loss of my dearest husband.  Our church supported me too. 
I love so much of God’s world especially nature, big and small weather it is a butterfly or a Giraffe.  Together  with mountains, valleys, waterfalls, parks, seaside and countryside.  I am interested in space and amazed at what happens on the International Space Station.  I love dogs, although I have not got one now I do look after family dogs when needed.  I have two sons and four grandchildren and enjoy family time with them all.    Music is wonderful, because it can meet whatever you need, quietness, and excitement, reflective and of course worship music.  I have to admit that I am a lifelong fan of Cliff Richard.   
Look forward to meeting you when you come and visit.
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Andrew Edwards - Treasurer   Val Back - Deacon
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Jan Noble - Deacon   Graham Back - Deacon
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Sharon Watkins - Co-opted Deacon   Rosie Midson - Co-opted Deacon
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Neil Keeble - Co-opted Deacon   David Flatman - Co-opted Deacon

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