Leadership Team

Members of the Church Leadership Team

Revd Ian Millgate

Ian is a retired Baptist minister who was trained at Spurgeon’s College in London before serving in three churches in Bristol, Birmingham and Gloucestershire between 1977 and 1990. He then joined the national staff of the Baptist Union in Didcot where he worked until 2018 and used the administrative skills he now tries to bring to this role. During that time he also served for over six years as pastor of the nearby chapel in Marcham. He enjoys cooking, reading,…

Samantha Bowring

Christine Cairns

Chris Cairns (née Joynes) was born in Oldham, Lancashire. She has retained her northern accent, despite living in Oxfordshire since the early 1990s. She read Theology at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and then went on to complete a doctorate in New Testament studies under the supervision of Christopher Rowland. She has remained in academia, and now works as Fellow in Theology and Director of the Centre for Baptist Studies at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. Chris is a longstanding member of…

Dorothy Field

I have been a long standing member of ABC and have undertaken various roles over the years. Currently I am the  Link Deacon for the Mission Committee, Deputy Organist, and a member of the ’35 Ock Street’ Pastoral Leadership Team as well as fulfilling the many other regular duties of a Deacon. I am a daughter of a Methodist Minister, but was baptised as a Baptist in Leicester age 18. I met my husband Gerald, who sadly passed away in…

Christine Hutt

Christine was re-elected to the diaconate in 2022 and enjoys singing, cooking and walking. She lives in Abingdon close to one of her three daughters. Her responsibility as a deacon includes pastoral care. She enjoys attending retreats and is very involved with Christian Aid.

Rosalie Lorrison

I am originally from the Philippines and grew up in a Baptist family and was a member and taught Family Church at my home church there and still support them  in the Church Mission and projects. Whilst there I worked as a Primary School Teacher and taught for 9½  years prior to coming to England. I came to Abingdon to join my husband Michael in September 1995. We have one son. We joined ABC as members in May 1996 and…

Rodney Pollock

Born in Glossop near Manchester I have led a fairly itinerant but interesting life. Brought up in Hove, Sussex from 4 -16 was taken to Holland Road Baptist Church by my parents and also attended Crusaders in Brighton where I was projectionist at their Saturday night film shows. Moved with my parents to Boscombe and attended Lansdowne Baptist Church where I was baptised. Over the years attended and visited many churches including, Methodist, Salvation Army, Presbyterian, Brethren, Synagogues and Anglican…

Pam Pratt

I was born in High Wycombe and attended Totteridge Baptist Church from a very early age and was 18 when I was baptised. I moved to Banbury when I married and was a member of the Baptist Church there. Since moving to Abingdon in 1981 I have been an active member of ABC. I have worked as supervisor of ABC Mums and Tots, secretary and a youth leader of Searchlight Youth Group and secretary of Family Church. During this time,…

John Rose

I was born in Birmingham to a Welsh mother and English father. My mum had worked as a comptometer operator in a munitions factory and my dad was a policeman.  We lived with my Welsh grandparents and my first word was cu as I couldn’t say tadcu (grandad).  He was  a Dr of Theology, a local pastor and the first pastor to British Industry. He was away for a lot of the time doing  a ‘Billy Graham’ in America!   My…