Baptists do not draw a distinction between “Clergy” and “Laity”. This means that there is not the division of roles that may often be seen in other denominations between the minister and the congregation. A Baptist pastor is one among equals and can best be regarded as a “teaching elder”. The congregation votes in an elder after a recommendation by the current elders.

Deacons are chosen by the congregation to serve a term of three years and roles are divided among them as needed.

Peter Lawther

Peter is married to Joanne and they have three daughters. He was brought up in a Christian family and trusted Christ as his saviour at a young age. Peter became increasingly involved in his local church as a student and had a growing interest in children’s and youth ministry. After graduating from Stranmillis College, Peter…

Campbell Green

Campbell Green

Became a Christian in 1971 but for many years was only a good Sunday Christian. Born and grew up in North Belfast. In 1978 married May and moved to live in Glengormley. Moved to Carrickfergus in 1979 and started attending local Baptist church. Has three children, two adult sons, Ken and Tim and a younger…

Stanley Spray

Stanley was born in North Belfast in 1953 and became a Christian when he was 6 years old. He became an Elder in 2005. He worked for 33 years in the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade. His first call was to the Oxford Street Bombing on “Bloody Friday” in 1972 and this was the first of…

Archie Thompson

I was brought up in a loving Christian family and as a lad of 11 I accepted the the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour,(1958). A number of years later I came to understand that the Bible speaks of being saved, baptised and added to a local church so I was baptised on the 17th…

Gavin Martin

Saved when he was 10 years old, Gavin lived in Whitehead from he was very young. He moved to Carrickfergus when he got married to Heather in 1982. Gavin and Heather have two children, Cherith and Adam. The whole family started attending Carrickfergus Baptist Church in 2008 and Gavin became a member one year later.…

Karl Peoples

Karl became a christian in 1984 He was born in Carrickfergus Hospital (back when it was a hospital) and has lived in Carrickfergus since then. In 1993 he was married to Fiona and they have one daughter, Rachel, born in October 2005 Karl has been a Boys Brigade Officer, Youth Club Leader and been involved…