Leaders

Ministers

Peter den Haan (Associate Minister)

Peter den HaanMy family and I were called to Rugby Baptist in Spring 2016 following a remarkable sequence of events that had the Lord's fingerprints all over it — ask me over a cup of coffee — and we're delighted to be here.

My specific focus at Rugby Baptist is equipping the church for outreach (Mark 1:17) and prayer (Matthew 6:6).

Read more here or contact Peter on assocminister@rugbybaptist.org.uk.

Deacons

Ian Coleman (Property)

Ian ColemanI’ve been coming to Rugby Baptist Church for 44 years — I know, I don’t look old enough! I am currently starting a second term of office as a Deacon and Trustee, having had a break since my last tenure. I’m a professional engineer by training, and to pay the mortgage, I work as a project manager for a major infrastructure project management company — in short, I’m a bit of a nerd with a keen attention to detail. I’m not good at blowing my own trumpet, but I do like playing the drums.

In Romans 12:6–8, Paul writes: We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy... if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. This is possibly why I’ve been asked to take on the role of Property Trustee: God nudging others to tell me.

Carey Cowperthwaite

Carey CowperthwaiteI’ve probably been a deacon now for more years than I haven’t! The good news is you don’t need to serve for that long! I’ve always likened the diaconate to a kind of steering committee - guided by God, supporting the minister(s) and serving the church meeting. I value the teamwork and unity of purpose that we experience.

David Higham

David Higham

I came to faith in our Lord in 2001 during an Alpha course after many years going to church but never really meeting God. Since then I can truly say that my life has been transformed. 

As a physics graduate with experience in automotive industry logistics and business improvement, I feel that my gifts are in leadership, administration, practical skills and teaching. My wife Jan and I have lived locally for the majority of our life. Our four sons and an increasing number of grandchildren are a real delight!

My favourite verse is James 2:17: In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Louise Morley (Safeguarding)

Louise MorleyI followed God's calling and became a deacon in 2010. It is a privilege to serve God and the church in this way. I have responsibilities as the youth deacon and am the safeguarding trustee. I am passionate in sharing my faith and the message of Jesus with children and adults in different ways and in different places. And I really enjoy risk assessments!

My favourite scripture is Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Brenda Pulham

Brenda PulhamI feel that in becoming a deacon I am being obedient to the Lord's continuing call to follow him and trust that my many life and faith experiences will prove to be of use.

My baptismal verse has been both a comfort and a challenge: Isaiah 26:3 — You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Graham Ridgway

Graham RidgwayI have been part of this church for 60 years and been involved in most parts of the church’s life during that time. As the managing partner in a firm of solicitors in Nuneaton, I have some experience of being part of a leadership team. I'm here to serve the church in whatever way God makes known to me.

Chris Speake (Treasurer)

Chris SpeakeIt is a real privilege to serve as treasurer and deacon for these past three years or so. It gives me an opportunity to use the skills I use daily at work in support of the church and its works. Whilst there are times when it can be hard work, the timescales mean I can fit it around my work and family commitments.

Emma Tiller (Church Secretary)

Emma Tiller

I started coming to RBC in 2001, not long after I moved to Rugby with my husband, Martin, and our three small children. We didn’t know anyone when we arrived, but RBC gave us a warm welcome, and has been our spiritual home ever since.

I’ve worked in a local primary school for the past ten years or so, currently as a tutor, a very rewarding role. I’m a scientist by training, and interested in eco-related matters. I enjoy taking photos of nature, baking, reading, and all sorts of other hobbies when I have the time, but what I love most is seeing people learn new things and grow in all sorts of ways in the process.

I was elected as Church Secretary in November 2015, and one of the best things about the job is discovering what God is doing in the lives of people at RBC. Contact Emma on secretary@rugbybaptist.org.uk.

Suzanne Upton

Suzanne UptonI joined the Diaconate of RBC in November 2017, after retiring from my full time vocational role as a Children's Community Nurse. I am excited and apprehensive on where my heavenly Father is leading me and his church in the future.

I have a heart to support those in need, the vulnerable, young, old and lonely. My support verse from his word is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through him who gives me strength.

Milton Williams

Milton WilliamsI became a Christian in1984 and have served the church in various capacities. I feel honoured and privileged to be part of the diaconate at RBC. I like the fact that RBC is involved in a wide variety of ministries, there is something for everyone to get involved with. My passion is prayer and it is my desire to see people grow and mature in their relationship with God.

My favourite verse is Ephesians 2:8: For it is by grace you have been
saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.