Leadership Team

Amy Wearing
Pastor

Amy is married to Rick and they have two children Daisy and Doug. Amy joined us as our pastor in 2019 and studied at Bristol Baptist College. Amy is passionate about sharing God’s love with people and serving Jesus in the local community. Amy loves sharing meals with friends, meeting new people, watching cricket, gardening and glamping!
Email: amy.wearing@uptonbaptistchurch.co.uk

Ashton Blake
Youth, Children and Community worker

Ashton has been attending Upton Baptist Church since 2015 during her time as a Student at Regents Theological College where she attained a BA (Hons) in Theology and Performing Arts. She joined the team in 2017 as Youth and Community Worker and has been a member since 2018. She also leads the team for the Thirst youth group which runs on Fridays during term time. Her passion is for the youth and those in community who are lonely.
Email: ashton.blake@uptonbaptistchurch.co.uk

Our current elected leaders

Phil Ottaway
Treasurer

Phil has been a member of Upton Baptist Church since c1999 along with his wife Sally, who have two grown up children & two grandchildren. He has been a Deacon since 2009 and Treasurer since 2010. Phil also helps his wife with CAMEO (Come And Meet Each Other) which is a half day social get together with entertainment, food & a time of worship. Additionally he helps at Thirst, our Friday night Youth Club and is part of our Building Planning Team.
Email: phil.ottaway@uptonbaptistchurch.co.uk

Sam Magovern

Sam has been a member since 2004 and a Deacon since 2016.
Sam is the “go to” person for any maintenance requirements around our buildings and as a former builder it’s no surprise that he is also part of the building Planning Team. Whenever there church functions you are likely to find him helping in the kitchen as well as supporting the Thirst Youth Club on a Friday night.
Email: sam.magovern@uptonbaptistchurch.co.uk

Deirdre Metcalfe

Deirdre first came to Upton Baptist Church in 2007, was baptised and became a member about 2 years later, and has been a deacon since 2016. She has been working at Teddies, our carer and toddler group, for about 10 years and the Thursday afternoon homegroup meets in her house. She is often involved in the kitchen when we have church meals and other things like CAMEO and is present at the Thirst Youth Club and our monthly card making afternoons.
Email: deirdre.metcalfe@uptonbaptistchurch.co.uk

James Berryman

James is married to Laura and they have 2 girls Annabelle and Emma who all attend UBC.
James has been involved in youth activities at UBC for a number of years from Sunday School through to Youth Group.
His main passion however is combining his love of sport ( Arsenal are his team ) and outreach which has led him to play, manage and now Chair the Cotswold Christian Football League.
Email: james.berryman@uptonbaptistchurch.co.uk

Pam Ditchburn
Church Secretary

Pam moved to Welland in 2014 with her husband Ron; they have four grown up children and twelve grandchildren. The Lord led them to became part of the fellowship at Upton Baptist Church and they quickly became involved, willing to help at church functions and make tea and coffee after the service on a Sunday.
Pam has a heart for Pastoral Care within the Church and the community. She has a desire for the church to reach out in love to those in need of the Lord. She became the Church Secretary in 2018.
Email: pam.ditchburn@uptonbaptistchurch.co.uk

Rachel Stockwell

Rachel has been involved with Upton Baptist Church since c1998, is a member and has been a deacon since 2018. Rachel is involved with the running of Thirst, the Friday night youth group and oversees the church website. She is married, has two adult sons and a granddaughter.
Email: rachel.stockwell@uptonbaptistchurch.co.uk

Our History

Many in Oliver Cromwell’s army were dissenters from the established church, including Baptists, so it is not surprising that within two years of the Battle of Upton in 1651 there is a record of a Baptist Church established in Upton.
When Cromwell died in 1658, Charles II came to the throne and although he had wanted religious freedom for his people, Parliament was very sympathetic to the Church of England and was very suspicious of Roman Catholics and all dissenters, particularly in view of their support for Cromwell. A series of laws was passed which made life very difficult for dissenters and many ended up in prison. The most famous of these is John Bunyan who wrote ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’. He spent 12 years in prison altogether.
Some dissenters gave in and returned to the Church of England but many stood firm and hoped for better times ahead. However, these were a long time coming and the last of these laws was not repealed until 1828, so Baptists had to endure restrictions on their freedom to worship in this country for nearly 170 years.
The Upton Baptists originally met in a small house in Dunn’s Lane, but they eventually decided to look for a ‘more agreeable place’ to meet and in 1734 they opened their new meeting house on the present site. The building was originally shorter than it is now with a gallery on three sides.
In the 1840s over 100 people were paying pew rents and the church had to be enlarged because of overcrowding. This high attendance continued through the rest of the 1800s and in 1902 the church was confident enough to undertake a major refurbishment of the premises, which included removing the side galleries, which let in a lot more light.
After a significant decline in membership in the first half of the 20th century the church has again grown to about 50 members.
In the 1990s the schoolroom developed an alarming lean and seemed in danger of collapse so it had to be shored up until a way forward could be found. The church had felt short of facilities for many years so it was decided to construct a new 2-storey hall which was steel framed and would hold up the schoolroom and this was eventually opened in 2003 in time for the 350th anniversary of the founding of the church.

The church is currently working towards a complete renovation of the Old chapel.


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