The church is like a body – it has one identity, but many parts; all different and yet all dependent upon each other, interconnected and yet intimate.
(To find out more about this, check out: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27). And like a body, the church is at it’s healthiest when all parts are doing their job well. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit gives different gifts to different people in order for the church to grow and to thrive in it’s mission.
Overseeing all of this God has given the gift of leadership (Romans 12:8). At Bethel we prayerfully seek to appoint Elders and Deacons to recognise this important and precious calling. Part of this role means to oversee, support and encourage the work of the five Mission and Ministry Teams. Please do pray for them in this – thank God for them, for their willingness to serve in this way and the time and love they pour into the work of the Kingdom through the church!
The Leadership Team
Jon is married to Aimée, and they have three gorgeous crazy kids! Jon came here as student minister in 2003, was called to be the Assistant Minister in 2004, and then became Minister in 2012.
Saved for eternity, by the grace of God through the sacrifice of Jesus, at age thirteen. Steve is married to Liz. Together they have three daughters and five grandchildren.
Steve is happily married to Debbie and they have three grown up children. They moved from Lancashire many years ago and since that move have continued to worship at Bethel ever since – its their local!. Steve has previously co-ordinated the children’s work but after a break is now part of the Mission MMT – and continues to help lead the youth group on a Sunday morning.
Though a Yorkshireman by birth, I was raised in Lower Cwmtwrch and moved to Cardiff when I married Sarah and we are now parents to the wonderful Hannah. I often teach youth on Sunday mornings and help out as a lay preacher for a small number of nearby churches. I hold to the five solas because, frankly, I’m the worst sinner I’ve ever met, thankful that though my sin is great, my Saviour is greater and it’s only by Jesus dying for me do I stand justified and righteous before God.
I am a recently retired civil servant with interests in photography, travelling and reading. I am married to Helen and have a son, Tom who lives and works in Cheltenham
Ruth is married to Andrew and has a son James. Ruth has been a member at Bethel for many years and has always been actively involved in the music and worship life of the church. Ruth serves in many ways including helping with the older B-Zone group on a Sunday and is part of the Caring MMT.
I grew up in the Army and have 3 older brothers who, along with my parents, live around the world; I am the only member of my family who has decided to stay in , the UK! At the age of 17 I went on a gap year to Romania as a missionary, and returned as a Christian, having found faith in Christ while I was away. I am married to Catherine and we currently have one daughter called Elsie. I am one of the deacons at Bethel and also the treasurer. I have been involved in helping with the children and youth work at the church and have been to Spree and Soul Survivor. Along with Catherine, I also lead one of the small groups at Bethel.
Steve is originally from Merseyside but adopted Cardiff as home many years ago. He is married to Tristan and has two (in their words) amazing, awesome children, Jack and Millie. They have all been attending Bethel since 2007. Steve serves on the church’s worship and prayer MMT and leads one of the weekly small groups. He is also the only member of the diaconate to have been seen on the church stage in both a ball gown and a nappy!- Oh no he isn’t, oh yes he is!
I’m married to Paul. We have 2 teenage children, Samuel and Megan. We’ve been attending Bethel for over 20 years, and members for nearly as long. Currently involved with the Growing MMT and a small group leader
My journey as a Christian began when I was 19 years old in Slovakia, my country. I moved to Cardiff in 2008. Bethel is for me a special place where I found my wife Debbie and also a great fellowship! We have been blessed with two children – Samuel and Lucy. I am one of the members of the Mission MMT
Geography teacher (secondary) for 26 years: with lots of sport- cricket and hockey – retired from teaching at 53 with 14 years more supply teaching. Then retrained in NLP and counselling called, together with some volunteer charity work. Began attending church at 43 and in time (10 years) realised what it all meant and was baptised at age of 65. Continues with volunteer activity.
I started coming to Bethel ten years ago when I first became a Christian. After studying maths at university, I completed a voluntary church-based internship and spent some time in Greece working as an au pair, before returning to Wales to work as a statistician in the Civil Service. I’m part of the worship team at Bethel, and I also help run the mid-week youth group.