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 years amongst international students (with Friends International). He also taught New Testament Studies in North India for 3 years.
Chris is married to Breeze and they have two daughters, Petra and Tia. His hobbies and interests include reading, classical music, film, DIY and Sport. Following ministerial training at Regent’s Park College, Oxford (during which he was on placement with us at HBC), Chris was ordained as a Baptist minister and formally inducted as a full-time minister at Headington Baptist Church in September 2009.
Nick JacksonChildren’s & Family Leader
Nick arrived at HBC in 1992, studying Geology at Oxford Brookes, then a PGCE to become a primary school teacher. He married Kath in 1997 at St Aldates’ Church and after a couple of years he took a teaching post in Thailand. He taught for many years until he became a Children’s Leader with Powerpack and HBC in 2008. So he serves locally in Headington, and nationally/internationally with Powerpack, leading: children’s ministry for events like Spring Harvest, New Wine, RIVERCamp; children’s ministry at church weekends; training and consultancy for other churches in the UK and Europe and some overseas missionary support trips to places like Argentina, Myanmar, Madagascar and Nepal.
Nick has three children, loves playing Thursday night football. Nick enjoys strategy board games, walks and generally outdoor activities.
James Bloice SmithPastor
James became a Christian as a child and owned it in a new way in his late teens. He studied psychology and biochemistry at Bangor University, teaching at King’s College, London University, and theology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He has worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician, in North London as a science teacher and for eight years in student evangelism and discipleship with Agapé.
His first pastorate was as assistant minister at Park Road Baptist Church, Peterborough. He 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 ‘fiddling about’-making things and fixing things.
Cecily DelderfieldLeadership Team
Cecily grew up attending Oakwood Baptist Church in north London, where she decided to follow Jesus, met John and became Captain of the Girls’ Brigade. She has childhood memories of her family gathering round the piano on a Sunday afternoon for a sing-song including everything from music hall to favourite hymns. She came to Headington Baptist Church in the 1970s when she moved to Oxford after marrying John. Together they have raised two children in the church and now grandchildren. Over the years her passion for introducing children to Jesus and commitment to church being fun have led her to take on various roles. Cecily also loves to pray with and for people, so is a member of the prayer ministry team, keen missionary supporter and has oversight for pastoral care within HBC.
Wendy van den BroekSecretary
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, where Wendy works for the People team. She is fascinated by languages and enjoys all kinds of puzzles (the two are related!).
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) and would consider himself to be a Christian who attends a Baptist Church. John and his wife Cecily have two children and four grandchildren.
Abigail NewlandYouth Leader
Abby grew up in a Christian family and found her own faith gradually throughout her childhood and was baptised when she was 16. After finishing A Levels, Abby went on a gap year with BMS World Mission which involved volunteering at a charity in New Delhi for 6 months and visiting churches leading groups and services around the UK. Whilst on that year out, Abby felt called to youth ministry so she then spent a year working as a ‘Youth Intern’ for a church in Hertfordshire. She started studying a BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission alongside doing youth work for HBC in 2017.
Abby enjoys music, reading, exploring new places, playing games and watching a good movie!
Leaders of HBC’s management teams are responsible for various, mostly practical, areas of church life. The leaders don’t do all the work themselves, but lead teams of helpers. HBC is a registered charity and under our constitution, the managing trustees of the charity are: the ministers and elders, the Church Secretary, and Treasurer, the Property Team leader, and up to two other leaders. Trustees are elected by the Church Meeting, and are responsible for ensuring that we comply with charity law and good practice.