Who's Who?

Who's Who?

The church is not a building but a gathering of Christians. The Bible describes the church as a united body, made up of different parts. Every person has been given different gifts by God to be used to serve others (Romans 12:4-8). It is for this reason that every person in our church is valued and has an important role to play. Knowing Jesus as Saviour and serving him as Lord is one of the great privileges of being a Christian.


Six staff are employed to help, encourage and organise a variety of teams made up of members of the church.  Together we seek to love and serve one another and reach out to our community.

NEIL TURTON (Pastor)Neil

I have been at the church since 2005 before which I worked as an investment banker for 15 years.  I help to facilitate the Sunday services and prayer as well as the Equipping and Encouraging part of our vision. This includes oversight of pastoral care, home groups and discipleship.

I am married to Liz and we have three sons: Ben, Joe and Zac.  Despite my body telling me otherwise, I still try and keep up my sport when I can (football, tennis, table tennis and golf).  We have loved living in Long Crendon and being part of LCBC and long to see many more lives changed by Christ.
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Colin White (Assistant Pastor)Colin White Edited

I’m originally from Glasgow and left there to begin studying Sport Studies at the Stirling University. I continued in my studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, graduating with a Post Graduate in PE teaching. I then took the opportunity to play rugby professionally with Glasgow Warriors and the Scotland 7s team. Afterwards, I played professionally in Italy for 3 years, with different teams, and came to Christ during that time, before eventually returning to Italy, a few years later, to serve as a full-time missionary. I did this for 5 years, working alongside the local church and in collaboration with Youth For Christ, bringing my total time in Italy to 8 years.

I returned to the UK in June 2019 for a ministry traineeship with Carey Baptist Church, allowing me to complete my Crosslands Seminary studies and transition into pastoral ministry in a British context. I have been with LCBC since September 1, 2020 and I’m enjoying my role as I focus on preaching, pastoring and evangelistic ministries. 

In my spare time I enjoy working with my hands, going to the gym or just drinking coffee with good friends.

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NathanNathan Elliott (Youth and Children's worker)

I am the youth and children’s worker at Long Crendon Baptist Church. This role involves opening the Bible and sharing the good news of Jesus with the young people of LCBC and supporting families to grow in their love for Jesus together. What a privilege! I have been attending LCBC since 2012 and joined the staff team in September 2018.

I am married to the wonderful Lisa and when I am not working for LCBC or Christians in Sport I am the goalkeeper for Bicester Hockey Club.
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LizLiz Turton (Women's worker)

I have been responsible for various ministries at LCBC since we moved to Long Crendon in 2005 but more recently have joined the staff team as women’s worker.  This role involves overseeing the discipleship of women in the church and outreach into the community.  I am also responsible for Toybox and the Contact group for the elderly.

I am married to Neil and am outnumbered in a house of four growing men.  I enjoy cooking, reading and walking the dog. 
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HelenHelen Walker (Administrator)

I have been working as administrator at LCBC since 2000, having previously been in primary school teaching in Thame. I love being part of the team at LCBC and the wider LCBC family.

I am married to Martin, have two grown up sons and as a result have spent many family evenings watching films which I comprehend not. When I’m not in the church office I love sport (Sofa Attack position), enjoy music, making cakes, and trying to get inside the mind of my cats. 
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SarahSarah Rothwell
(Operations Manager & Finance Administrator)

I've been at LCBC since 1980, apart from University in Aberystwyth (attending St Mike’s) followed by a year in Kenya with Wycliffe/SIL.  I joined the LCBC staff team in June 2018 as part-time Finance Administrator and took on the role of Operations Manager in October 2019, supported by a dedicated team of volunteers.

I’m married to Steve and we have two teenage children.  I sing in a choir in Thame, love reading and volunteer in our local library.  I also enjoy gardening and DIY. 

It’s amazing to see the changes that God has made possible here over the years, in both the people and the building, and exciting to hear about all the other gospel work LCBC continues to be involved in, here in the UK and overseas.

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Ministry Trainees 2020-2021

Tenebou and Bethan Manga

The Mangas

We are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the Ministry Training Programme.

Bethan has been in Senegal for the last 10 years, 9 of them married to Tenebou, who was born there. After many years of full-on ministry, we feel now is the right time to have time to recharge spiritually and physically and take time to pray what our ministry will look like when we return to Senegal for a new chapter. Much of our work involves discipling, so we feel that some intentional development in this area will equip us well for whatever the Lord has in store going forward.

We have three children (Lilia, Joseph, Naomi) as well as our niece Suzane whom we’ve been raising since 2013 and sadly isn’t able to join us in the UK. As a family we love sports, baking, gardening, and watching films.

Deborah McAleese

Deborah McAleese

It is a fantastic opportunity to be able to join the Ministry Training Scheme at LCBC this year. I am originally from Belfast and have spent the last three years at the Irish Baptist College in Northern Ireland. The teaching and the practical experience at college has helped me to grow in my understanding of the Bible and what it tells us about Jesus. I hope that I will learn more about how to share that amazing message as I get involved with different ministries in the church. In my free time I enjoy walking, music, art, and discovering new places, and I look forward to exploring Long Crendon and the surrounding area during the year!

callum white

It is both a very uncertain yet very exciting time to be joining the ministry training programme at LCBC!Callum White
I've been coming to LCBC for the past 2 years after moving down from Scotland, and last year I got married to the lovely Tash who came and joined me here.
I'm really looking forward to this year of training and development, and getting stuck into all the different parts of church life. I hope through this year that I will deepen my love for Jesus and my knowledge of the Bible, whilst gaining a better understanding of whether full-time ministry is something I wish to pursue.
I'm a keen Hockey player, playing for Marlow Hockey Club and coaching Bicester Hockey Club, and if I'm not playing or watching some other sport then you'll most likely find Tash and I walking up some mountains or watching a good film!


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