Our Council is responsible for overseeing our Association life. They are the the trustees and directors of the Association.
Churches are invited to nominate members to Council on their statistical returns each year by the date stated on the returns
The Council is led by the Moderator Jess Steel who occasionally attends staff team meeting.
The Moderator is elected in line with our Bye-Laws: 7.1 Council shall elect by ballot from its membership a Moderator to serve for the rest of the person’s term on the Council. The Moderator elected may serve for a maximum of six consecutive years. Following a break of one year the person will be eligible for re-election.
Council members serve for three years term and then are eligible for re-election; they are only allowed to serve two terms. consecutively.
The Council can have up to 12 members with seven co-opted members; four of the co-opted members are there to provide balance of lay, ordained, experience, age, gender, and ethnic origin, and the church size and geographic location of the member churches.
Three members can be co-opted onto council to represent the NBA at the Baptist Together Council (currently these roles are done by current council members.) Co-opted members serve for one year and then are eligible for further co-option.
The Treasurer, Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) representative and Home Mission representative are nominated by Council, and appointed annually at the Annual General Meeting.
The Council Members are:
Mr Gavin Monument: Treasurer
Member of Billingham BC
Jess Steel: Moderator & Home Mission Rep
Youth Pastor of Stockton BC
Rev Tony Ruddle
Member of Whitley Bay BC
Rev Caroline Friend: Mission Link
Co-Minister at Alnwick BC
Jen Holder: CYF Link
Associate Pastor of New Life BC
Dr Penny Hyde: BMS Rep & Safeguarding Link
Member of Stockton BC
Pastor of Filipino International Church (BUGB)
Rev Rachel Holland: Justice Link
Community Minister at Portrack BC
Amanda Hegarty: CYF Link
Member West View BC
Rev Phil Dixon
Minister Oxford Road BC
Rev Roy Searle
Home Mission Rep
Rev Paul Knight
Member of Heaton Baptist Church
Community Pastor in Hartlepool
Administrator & Company Secretary
Rev Linda Donaldson
Rev Johnny Pozzo
Get Involved or Contact Us
If you would like to get involved with association life then please do get in touch with us.
We are always seeking to find those who can serve as Trustees, click here for more information and to download an application form
You can also contact the Moderator of the Council Jess Steel via email here
And the Treasurer of the Association Gavin Monument via email here