About Us

Welcome to the Northern Baptist Association.

Who are we?

The Northern Baptist Association is the Baptist family in the North of England. We are 50 Baptist churches serving about 3,000 members from Redcar to Great Asby near Kirkby Stephen and from Northallerton to Berwick. Three of our churches are also members of the Independent Methodist Connexion.

We have had Baptist churches in this area for over 350 years, but far from being static and complacent we continue to engage in mission and church planting. Thirteen of our churches have been started since 1950, and two of our churches have established three separate churches in recent years. We support a pioneer work in Wooler and are looking to engage in other pioneer situations.

How do we operate?

We fellowship together in order to encourage and resource one another for the work of mission, both for each church in its local context, and in mutual collaborate. We are able to do this as people give freely of their time and also work alongside our Association staff.

Our Council is responsible for overseeing our Association life. They are the the trustees and directors of the Association, but their work is delegated to a few groups.

The Council Members are:
Up to 12 nominated by the churches and elected at an Assembly
  • Jackie Buckle (Headland, Hartlepool)
  • John Cooper (Morpeth)
  • Mike Cross (Lakeside, Sunderland)
  • Jon Edwards (South Bank)
  • Caroline Friend (Alnwick)
  • Amanda Hegarty (West View)
  • Rachel Holland (Portrack, Stockton) 
  • Paul Newman (Whitley Bay)
  • Anthony Ruddle, The NBA Moderator (Whitley Bay)
  • Dave Tubby (Heaton)
  • Ronnie Wynd (Durham)
Co-opted
  • Cornelius Harding)
  • Jo Thoy (Durham)
Ex-Officio
  • John Claydon (Regional Minister: Pastor - Team Leader)
  • Paul Revill (Regional Minister: Mission Enabler)
  • Phil Hope (Treasurer)
  • Ray Richardson (Home Mission Co-ordinator)
  • Andy Price (BMS Representative)

The Ministry group oversees the ministerial recognition processes, and seeks to develop the ministry of all, both lay and ordained and is concerned for the well-being and development of church life.

The Resources and Administration Group gives detailed attention and provides guidance us in matters of finance and good practice; this includes child protection policies, health and safety issues, disability matters. etc.

The NBA Home Mission Grants Group oversees and administers applications from churches for Home Mission Grants.

The Assembly Planning Group organises the twice yearly Assemblies.

What can you do?

Pray for our family of Baptist churches in the North 
Encourage your church to think of our wider mission in the North 
Consider how your gifts might be used within our wider family 
Support the events and initiatives organised by the Association 

Contact: If you wish to know more about the NBA contact one of the people named on the officers page.

Believer's Baptism stands at the heart of our Christian Faith and practice. If you would like 

to read more please visit our Baptism page.

News To read more about life in our Baptist Churches please visit our News Page where you can also download our latest Newsletter.

Our Annual Report and Directory are available on request and the Annual Report and our constitutional documents and policies can be downloaded from the Resources page of this website.