Oversight & Staff

Oversight & Staff

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 joined Carrickfergus Baptist Church in 2013 when he became our Pastor. He brought his wife Joanne and three daughters, Josie, Ruby, and Mollie, all of whom ensure he knows more than he ever thought he would about teapots, eyeliner, and unicorns! Peter trained as a teacher at Stranmillis College, where he met Joanne. Following a stint as a teacher, he joined Baptist Youth, running the Amazing Journey programme, which has had a great impact on children in schools across…
Associate Pastor

Paul Savage

Associate Pastor Paul is our newest addition, having joined CBC in the summer of 2016, along with his wife Emma and their son Patrick. They have welcomed the addition of Lydia to their family, and our wider church family in 2017. Paul was saved as a child at age 5 in his hometown of Donaghcloney (County Down, for those who were unsure!).  He reports that he and his family have no pets, and no desire to have any! You can…
Campbell Green

Campbell Green

Campbell has been a part of CBC since 1979 when he and his wife, May (behind every great man…) moved to Carrickfergus from North Belfast, via Glengormley. He and May have three adult children, with whom he competes annually in the family Gingerbread House making competition (and usually loses). Campbell worked in the NHS until his retirement in 2011. Apparently he doesn’t miss it at all! Campbell came to faith on 15 March 1971, having grown up as a ‘Sunday…

Stanley Spray

Stanley and his wife Catherine began attending CBC in 1995, having been greatly involved, particularly in youth work at their previous church in Ballygomartin. Sadly Catherine was called home to glory in 2014 very suddenly. Stanley was elected an Elder in 2005. Having worked for the Fire Service for 33 years, through some of the darkest days in Northern Ireland’s history, he retired in 2003. He is a member of the Praise Team and enjoys playing guitar. He is an…
Archie Thompsons

Archie Thompson

Archie has been a part of CBC since 1982 and has served as Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, as well as having been a Deacon, before being elected to the Eldership. Archie and his wife Elizabeth are parents to Sharon and Mark, grandparents to 5, and great-grandparents to 2! Sunday lunch is always a great deal of fun! Archie was baptised and added to a local church in 1970, having accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour in 1958…
Church Administrator

Tracy Ellison

Tracy was brought up in our church and was saved at a very early age. She has served the church as a Sunday School Teacher, Bible Class Leader and in many other roles over the years. Tracy is married to Davy who was a deacon until he became Associate Pastor of Antrim Baptist Church. Tracy is now our church administrator and works in the office Monday-Friday, 8.45 am – 4.45 pm.