Leaders and Staff

Chris Band


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 Jackson

Children’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 Smith


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 Delderfield

Leadership 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 Broek


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


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.

Pete Hart

Admin. Assistant

Abigail Newland

Youth 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!

Management Team

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.

Team leaders

Wendy van den Broek is Church Secretary, with responsibility for administration, which covers many areas of church life, as well as links with the wider Baptist family, other local churches and other organisations. The aim is to help the church to function well and to support the leaders.
John Delderfield is Church Treasurer and has overall responsibility for church finances, including the annual budget and accounts.
Steve Walker is Property Team leader is responsible for maintenance and repair of the church building and Manse.
Ministry leaders
Those currently elected are Nick Jackson (Children’s & Familie’s Ministries), Joyce Clapp (Housekeeping). Chris Able (Chief Steward).
Other staff
Admin assistant Peter Hart works in the church office in the mornings (normally Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), helping with general church administration in association with the ministers and the Church Secretary. Contact the Church Office.


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