Our Leadership Team
At present we have a leadership team comprising 2 elders and 10 deacons, which includes the Church Administrator and Treasurer.
The leaders meet together monthly to discuss church business and matters of mutual concern and to support and pray for each other and the fellowship.
Pastor - Role Vacant
We are currently without a pastor as our previous pastor, Rev Colin Baker, who had served us well for over 15 years felt the Lord had called him to serve elsewhere.
We are therefore prayerfully seeking the Lord's guidance with regards to the future direction of the church and in appointing a new pastor.
Elder John Burt
John was born in Chadwell-st-Mary and was educated locally in Chadwell-st-Mary and Grays. After leaving school at 16, he worked as an electro mechanical engineer in a plastic moulding company for a number of years, and later as a field service engineer in office printing equipment, where he worked until he retired.
John started attending Grays Baptist Tabernacle in the late 1960s where he gave his life to Jesus Christ and was baptised. It was here that John met his wife Shiela and were married in the early 1970s and they have two sons.
John's Christian ministry initially started through working with the Sunday school and then through the church's youth work, which involved working as a Warrant Officer for the church's Boys Brigade Company. He later became the Captain of the Boys Brigade Company and had many enjoyable years leading and organising events such as summer camps, until the company eventually closed.
John has been serving the church on the leadership team for a quite a number of years now where he was first elected as a deacon and then as an elder. Since his retirement from payed employment, John has been helping out with the church's coffee mornings twice a week and as a volunteer hospital chaplain at Basildon Hospital.
Elder Dai Franks
Dai was born and educated in South Wales. He moved to Essex in the early 1970’s to pursue his career as a Secondary School Teacher.
Dai taught Physics and Chemistry for nearly 20 years before moving to a Special School catering for pupils with learning difficulties.
During his teaching career he served as a local secretary and negotiator for a Teacher Trade Union.
Dai has been a Christian from his youth being brought up in a Methodist Chapel in South Wales. He joined Grays Baptist Tabernacle (now GBC) in 1973 following his baptism.
He was elected to the deaconate in Nov 1976 and became one of the first Elders to be appointed in Nov 1995.
In the past Dai has taught Sunday School, led the Youth Group and currently leads worship.
Dai is married to Jane who is the Church’s musical director. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Dai is a keen sportsman having in his younger days captained Thurrock Teacher’s Football Club and later played rugby for Thurrock Rugby Club.
Treasurer & Volunteer Administrator - Sue Livermore
Sue has been a longstanding member of Grays Baptist Church and in her service to the church has been known to wear many hats. Sue is not only a leader who has been elected to and serving on the diaconate but she is also the church's Treasurer and Volunteer Administrator. In this role she looks after the church's accounts, manage the day to day admin tasks, making sure staff and suppliers are paid and to co-ordinate the preparation and Independent Examination of the church's annual accounts.
Among her many talents Sue also serves on the worship team in the church services playing the guitar and is a member of Thurrock Gospel Choir.