Our Vision: Loving God; Bringing Hope.
Here at Freedom Bath and Bristol we want people to find life, hope and purpose. We believe that Jesus is life transforming and church is the hope of the world. A community of faith, hope and love.
Our Mission is to make sure we do these four things: reach to our communities with love and acts of kindness; help people belong to the freedom community; make disciples; and build each other and God's house.
We reach into our communities to be a practical blessing and expression of Jesus' love. (The Cupboard, Alpha, Homeless run) Isaiah 58
We connect to others and help point each other to Jesus. We love to help people make church their home where they can grow and flourish. So we have groups for kids, youth and young adults, women and men because it is easier to get to know people in smaller groups. Matthew 28:20
Grow and Disciple
The process of knowing Jesus is such a life long learning curve and God chose that we learn together. So we have small groups, espresso groups (short, intentional groups) and colleges for art and theology. Matthew 28:20.
We choose to be disciples of Jesus and then become a discipler of others by encouraging, building them up and taking our place as living stones in God's House. We love to serve and make Sundays a place to invite people to come and join the community of people trying to follow Jesus. Matthew 16:18.
Freedom Bath and Bristol is a part of the Evangelical Alliance.
We work with and partner with several organisations with whom we have close relationship.
The leadership teams are on the page: GROW at the bottom of the page.
Trustees: They look after the legal, financial and governmental side of the church being a registered charity
Andrew de Thierry is the chair of the trustees and he supported Betsy as she started the church. He leads the trustee side of the church.
Rob White: Rob, alongside his wife Marion, has been in some form of local, national and international leadership for many years. Rob, an ordained Baptist Minister, was involved in Spring Harvest speaking and leadership for 30 years and is a former Director of Youth for Christ (YFC). Rob and Marion have pioneered a number of organisations, including the Pioneer Centre, which is the UK's premier recognised specialist venue for superb outdoor activity residentials and holidays and conferences for groups. In 2008, Rob and Marion co-founded Hope for Justice, one of the only organisations involved in the rescue of trafficked people here in the UK. Rob now leads Life Church in Wilmslow and travels as a public speaker. He brings many years of wisdom to the board.
Stephen Matthew: Stephen Matthew has been responsible for the development of many buildings within his church work. He currently serves on the executive pastoral team of LIFE Church, alongside his wider ministry of helping a growing network of church-builders in an advisory and coaching capacity. He was the founding Principal of LIFE Church Leadership Academy where he continues to teach regularly. He is a chartered building surveyor and uses these skills in helping the Freedom Bath and Bristol Leadership Team make key decisions regarding the building plans of the church.
Jonty Needham: Jonty has worked in Bath since 2008 as a Software Engineer and Developer. This involves anything from air traffic control systems to web applications, most of which have an aspect of information security, which is significant in his trustee role. Jonty has been involved with Freedom for many years. He is married to Hannah and they have three children.
Matt Banham: Matt has been a member of Freedom since becoming a Christian in 2003. Married to Rachel with four children he has been involved in many areas of church life including being the first manager of the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Bath centre which was overseen by Freedom church. Matt is a strategic leader and a technical authority within the field of safety-critical engineering, having led large teams of of critical software and system engineers. He often reports directly to and is consulted by C-level board members of the UK's National Air Traffic Service (NATS).
Paul Benger of Christian Life Church, Chesterfield, Derby and Sheffield
John Greenow of Excel Church Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, Darlington
Owen Crane of CFC Belfast
Apostolic Advisor: Bernard Sanders has been an influential apostolic leader to many of the key church leaders in Bath as well as around the UK and internationally. He began his work in Bath in 2010 when he moved intentionally to support the expansion of the kingdom of God in the region. He lived in Bath until 2014 where he and his family relocated to South Africa. He visits regularly and continues to work with many of the Bath church leaders and Andrew and Betsy.
Creative Arts Advisor: Jeff Crabtree is an award winning composer, producer and musician. He is co-author, with his wife Julie, of ‘Living with a Creative Mind’ and together they equip and support creative thinkers and artists through the Zebra Collective. Over the last eight years, Jeff has been actively involved within our creative arts community, most notably as Producer of Hear The Sound, our debut album. He has also been a guest speaker at our church and creative arts conferences many times.