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Meet The Team

Lots of people serve at Headington Baptist Church.  Here are a few of us who have specific roles and responsibilities.

Chris Band (Minister)

Chris became a Christian at the age of 11. He has studied theology at 3 different academic institutions for 9 years in total – Birmingham University, London School of Theology and the University of Oxford. He worked for five years with national students in the UK (with UCCF) and then for seven...

Ian Mcdonald (Minister)

Ian joined the team at HBC in 2020. He grew up in North East England where he started in ministry with young people. Following 4 years at Tees Valley YFC and studying for a degree in Youth, Community Work and Theology he worked with Bunyan Baptist Church, Stevenage as Youth Pastor. Ian 2013 Ian...

James Bloice-Smith (Pastor)

James has been minister at Headington Baptist Church since 1996. James is married to Marion and has a son, Daniel, who works as an engineer, and a daughter, Naomi, who is a teacher.  His interests include people in general, getting into boats whenever possible, the Headington community and...

Nick Jackson (Children & Families Leader)

Nick arrived at HBC in 1992, studying Geology at Oxford Brookes, then a PGCE to become a primary school teacher.  He now has two roles, one at HBC and the other leading Powerpack Children's Ministry.  He is married to Kath and has three children, loves playing Thursday night football.  Nick enjoys...

Wendy Van Den Broek (Church Secretary)

Wendy grew up in Headington Baptist Church and has been a member since her teens. She is married to Jonathan and has two adult children. As a family they lived in West Africa for 12 years serving with a mission organisation. They continue to work for the same organisation, based here in the UK,...

John Delderfield (Church Treasurer)

John Delderfield has served HBC as Treasurer since mid-2016 and still feels he is learning what should be done because as a retired Systems Engineer he has certain expertise but little specific to being a Church Treasurer. John became a Christian in 1963 in Crusaders (now rebranded Urban Saints)...

Children & Families

There is plenty going on for children and families at HBC.  Toddler groups on Tuesday, Powerpack Weekly on Tuesdays too, Sessions on Sundays and events and one-off celebrations throughout the year.


Youth has a variety of gatherings throughout the week.  Tuesdays @ 6, Wednesday Bible study, mid-week events and Sunday night.


Small group gatherings are very important at Headington Baptist.  We have a variety of Home Discipleship groups.  These groups generally meet mid-week, some have a mission focus, and all are a space for Bible study, prayer, ministry and fellowship.  At the moment these groups meet on Zoom.