LEADERSHIP AND STAFF
Rev Amanda James - Senior Minister
I was born in London and grew up in a medical family - both my parents were doctors. I didn't follow in their footsteps but instead after school at the City of London, went off to sunny Eastbourne to train to be a PE teacher. My first teaching job was here in Enfield and so I began to attend Enfield Baptist Church in the early 80's and I've been here ever since! I have been a deacon, youth worker and have now made it to Senior Minister. I manage (and they manage me) a wonderful team where together we have a real passion for God.
It was one evening service in September '93 that I had a very definite call by God to leave a successful teaching career and go into the ministry. So with much fear and trepidation I went Spurgeons College for three years. I specialised in Church Planting and Evangelism and was ordained in June 2000. I now serve God here as the Senior Minister and have a real passion to make Jesus known in the community, ensuring that the church is accessible to all.
Relaxation? Well, that is definitely sport. I still love playing tennis as well as following another love of my life - Chelsea FC. I still dream of becoming their Chaplain one day!!!!! Nothing is impossible with God - my journey of faith is proof of that!
Marion Phillips - Senior Support Worker
Hello, I'm Marion, the Senior's Support Worker, here at EBC. I was born and brought up in Enfield and live with Greg and our three grown up sons. I have been a Christian since the age of 11 and been in attendance at EBC since 2008.
My whole working career has been in the care sector, caring for people with a wide range of needs, throughout Enfield and parts of Essex. I have been truly blessed along the way and cannot imagine doing anything else. I love to come alongside our older members to offer friendship and company as well as reliable support, assistance and encouragement. I am available to escort people on hospital and other health related appointments and I offer domestic assistance, shopping and pharmacy errands as well as any excuse to meet up for a cup of tea and a chat.
Here, at Enfield Baptist Church, we also open our doors to the wider community and invite residents from two local care homes to enjoy a weekly drop-in style coffee morning. Music, conversation, games and friendship are shared and offered by myself and a loyal group of volunteers at 'Cafe Refresh Plus' on Thursday mornings.
In my spare time, I love to catch up with friends, I enjoy listening to all sorts of music and visiting art galleries.
Sarah Cody - Children and Youth Worker
My name is Sarah and I am the Children and Youth Worker, I am married to Martin and we have three children Darcy, Zach and Ciaran. We have been attending Enfield Baptist Church since 2012. I have lived in London for most of my life. There have been some times travelling in Durham and the Highlands of Scotland. I grew up in Christian home but didn't make the commitment myself until 2006, when I knew my life needed to change.
Over the years I have worked with children and young people in many settings and I have enjoyed it all. My role at Enfield Baptist Church gives me the opportunity to teach the children and young people about Christ, whilst having fun! I run Ablaze on a Sunday morning with the help of a team of volunteers. I also, alongside a team of volunteers, run Acorn toddler group on a Wednesday morning, Disciple on a Wednesday after school for children years seven to thirteen, Blast after school on a Thursday for year group four to six and I am involved in Refresh Mums coffee morning on a Friday.
In addition to this I take the youth away to Christian organised events in April and August.
Clare Shadwell - Church Administrator
I'm Clare and I am the administrator for the church and also provide support for Amanda. My role as administrator has many hats and I often find myself in situations I didn't expect. I feel privileged to work for Enfield Baptist Church and really enjoy the varied role I have. I am part of a team that run Refresh on a Friday morning and also along with another church member run Kintsugi Hope Well-Being Groups.
I have been coming to the church since 2001 and really feel like this is my second home. I have always had a belief in God but didn't make the step to commit to follow him until 2005. Although life has had it's challenges I have held onto my faith, sometimes by the skin of my teeth. I have four children who keep me very busy and in my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with family and friends, especially when I can cook for them!
Noel Chung - Premise Manager
Will McKendrick - Assistant Premise Manager
Dawn Shepherd - Church Cleaner