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.


We currently have three full time pastors who work as a team, each responsible for supporting different areas of our vision.

NeilNEIL TURTON (Pastor)

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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MarkMark Herbert (pastor)

I oversee the Engaging and Enabling part of our vision which focuses on helping the church to stay outward-looking. This includes helping mobilise and encourage the church in mission, supporting our overseas missionaries, as well as engaging in UK gospel partnerships and supporting local churches.

Part of this responsibility involves being on the FIEC Revitalisation Team (working to support church revitalisation across the UK) and chairing Lighthouse (a summer activity camp and mission reaching over 800 local children).

I am married to Steph who works as a nanny and beauty therapist and we live in Long Crendon. I am passionate about helping people discover the joy of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and learning what it means to live for him day to day. I also love sport, reading, the mountains and the beach!
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ColinColin Wells (Pastor)

I've been at LCBC as a church member since 2011 and joined the staff team in January 2016. Two areas of ministry that I am particularly passionate about are training and developing leaders as well as supporting parents and giving them a vision for multi-generational faithfulness. It's a wonderful privilege to see the gospel at work in people's lives on a daily basis.

Having worked for Christians in Sport for 11 years I’ve also got a burden for reaching out with the good news of Jesus. I'm married to Hannah with 2 young children (Mia and Caleb) and when we're not looking after them we'll normally be out and about doing something active!
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NathanNathan Elliott (Youth and Children's worker)

I work part-time as 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! The rest of my time is spent working for Christians in Sport based in Bicester. I've 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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LaurenceLaurence Gates (Operations Manager)

I work part time as the operations manager at Long Crendon Baptist Church. I coordinate the work of a great team of volunteers to ensure that everything functions smoothly and safely.

I am married to Fred and we both enjoy going for walks when time and weather permit. I work mainly as a management consultant, and I am also trying to improve people’s postures by teaching them Pilates either in group settings or on a one to one basis.
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SarahSarah Rothwell
(Finance Administrator)

I've been at Long Crendon Baptist Church since 1980, apart from three years at University in Aberystwyth (attending St Mike’s) and a year in Kenya working with Wycliffe/SIL. Previously a trustee for two years, I joined the staff team here in June 2018, as part-time Finance Administrator, supported by a dedicated team of volunteers.

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.

I’m married to Steve and we have two teenage children.  I also work on a homelessness prevention project in Buckinghamshire.  I love reading and volunteer in our local library.  I also enjoy gardening and DIY.  I sing in a choir in Thame, but in the 2nd Altos, so please don’t ask me to do the descant!
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Ministry Trainees 2019-2020

aaron watersAaron Waters

I’m excited to be part of LCBC's Ministry Training Programme. It’ll be a great opportunity for me to grow in my faith as well as see a bit more of local Church life behind the scenes, and get a clearer idea of what God has planned for me in the future.

I grew up on the Wirral, and I’m passionate about photography, coffee, Liverpool FC and street evangelism. Last year I spent 10 months at North Cotes Bible College which has been really helpful in stretching my thinking and learning, but I’m looking forward to being on the ground in Long Crendon serving the church and being a witness in the local community.

Long Crendon Baptist Church