Leadership Team

Members of the Church Leadership Team

Revd Steve Millard

Steve started his ministry at ABC as joint pastor with Rev’d Dr Paul Goodliff, both starting ministry here in June 2015. ABC is Steve’s first Baptist church as a minister, but he has pastored another church and been very involved in church leadership for as long as he can remember. Since the end of June 2018 he has been flying solo as Paul left us to take up the post of General Secretary of Churches Together in England. Steve’s background began in…

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,…

Alec Swift

Alec was raised in a Christian family and was baptised at 16. He has continued to follow Jesus since then. He has served in several churches in a variety of roles alongside his wife Ali. His desire is to see all reach a full maturity and fulfilment in their relationship with God, to see the church grow in faith and mission. He works as a maths tutor at a college in Oxford. To relax he likes to spend time with…

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…

Helen Edwards

I was brought up in a Christian home as the daughter of a Baptist minister. I was baptised at the age of 15 in Salisbury Baptist Church. In 1989 I moved to Abingdon to teach Maths in a local secondary school. I took very early retirement on health grounds, and now earn my living by taking in lodgers. Throughout my adult life I have taken part in voluntary work. For 25 years I helped on holidays for the Disabled Christians…

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…

Pam Pratt

Chris Palmer

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…
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