Leaders

Ministers

David Fleming (Senior Minister)

David began his ministry in Rugby in August 2020 following pastorates in Luton, Abingdon and Kent. He trained for ministry at Regent's Park College, Oxford where he also gained an MSt in Old Testament Theology. 

David became a Christian after wandering into a church when he was 16. He is passionate about photography, cooking and helping people to follow Jesus. His favourite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 - check it out. 

Contact David by emailing david@rugbybaptist.org.uk.

Mat Sheffield (Associate Minister and Minister in training)

Mat began his ministry at Rugby over the summer of 2021. In addition to his position as Associate Minister, Mat is also a student at Regent's Park College, Oxford, where he is training for his full ministerial accreditation with the Baptist Union. Prior to this Mat was in children and family ministries for Sutton-in-the-Elms and Kirby Muxloe Baptist churches.

Mat made the decision to follow Jesus at age 8 during Stoneleigh bible week in response to the testimony of one of his friends. (God works through all ages!) His hobbies are collecting and painting miniatures, cycling, trail running and reading. Mat's favourite bible verse is Galatians 5:1.
 

Contact Mat by emailing mat@rugbybaptist.org.uk

Deacons

Carey Cowperthwaite

I’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.

Mick Daulman

God chooses the foolish things to confound the wise.

I am Chaplin to the Brigades. Some of you are saying doesn’t he know there’s an ‘a’ in Chaplain, and my reply is,  it’s like being a Chaplain but more fun. Anyway, as Chaplin to our Brigades, I think it is important that I am part of the diaconate to ensure we are all following Gods plan for us here as part of the RBC family, as the spirit leads us.

Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Gods will.

David Higham

I came to faith in our Lord in 2001 during an Alpha course after many years of 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)

I 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

I 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 (Church Secretary)

I 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.

Contact Graham by emailing secretary@rugbybaptist.org.uk

Chris Speake (Treasurer)

It is a real privilege to serve as treasurer and deacon for these past six 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 Spraget

I became a Christian at the age of 12 on a Crusader (Christian Youth Organisation) holiday and have been attending this Church for 18 years. During most of my adult Christian life, I have been involved in youth work, both inside and outside the Church. Within Rugby Baptist Church, this was initially helping with CLife and more recently leading CY. Having “retired” from CY in July 2020, I became a Deacon in November and feel honoured to be serving God and our Church in this way.

My baptismal verse is one I often come back to. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight”.

Suzanne Upton

I 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 about 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. I am the diaconate trustee co-ordinating the church’s sub-group: Local Mission, Outreach and Community Involvement. My support verse from his word is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through him who gives me strength.

Milton Williams

I 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.