Who's who

Welcome to our “who’s who” page. Below are pictures of the various members of our leadership team. When it came to having our photos taken, the photographer asked us to bring along an item that is special to us, apart from a Bible. You will see below different items for different people along with some who just forgot – we are only human!

We do hope that you will come and join us for worship one Sunday and discover us in full colour!

Jackie Farrow

Deacon

What do you do Monday to Friday:

I used to be a librarian (ssh!), working for The Guardian as a researcher and then was Information Manager for the environmental charity WWF, but since having children I've changed direction and am now a Teaching Assistant at a local Junior School in the mornings, and a Special Needs TA at an Infant School in the afternoons. I also have my own business running children's art classes and parties (and getting very glittery).

Like and dislikes:

I love dancing (badly, but with enthusiasm), picnics, paddling, camping and running.  I don't like runny egg-whites, kangaroos or jazz.

Family, Children, Pets:

I am married to Matt and have two children - Molly (7) and Charlie (5). Our two cats enjoy sitting on important documents. Our house is bulging at the seams so I am planning to build an extension out of Lego.

Two Sentence Testimony:

I grew up as part of the church family of Frinton Free Church, and consciously gave my life to Jesus at a Billy Graham mission when I was 10. I drifted away from God in my 20s but luckily for me, He is a loving and patient Father and guided me to Queen Street in 2006. Any thoughts of hiding at the back of the church and not having to talk to anyone were scuppered by Jim Brunt!

 

 

 

Maureen Jones

Deacon

 What do you do from Monday to Friday?

 I retired from life as a teacher of chemistry and general science 25 years ago so now all I do is ‘voluntary’ but life now seems much busier! Whereas previously I went to the same school every day and, depending on the day of the week and time of the day, I taught the same children the same subjects. Now, in normal circumstances, each day I have to think where to go, what I am doing and who I am doing it with! I regularly work at RHS Wisley as a garden guide and occasionally also work with the Advisory team and the Events team which keeps my mind and my body very active! I am in a choir and find different activities at the church and entertaining at home keep my life very full. Since being at GBC I have discovered things that I never knew I could do …. like cooking for large numbers! I now cook for our fortnightly Friendship Lunch and on Christmas Day for those who are on their own, a traditional lunch for well over a hundred people. 

Likes and Dislikes

I love gardening but moving house eight years ago changed my emphasis from formal gardening and self sufficiency to a more wildlife oriented garden also growing fruit and some vegetables. I must admit to frustration with some wildlife after visits from badgers who did so much damage so I now attempt to keep them out along with the deer. I love choral singing. I really enjoy travelling and discovering new landscapes, flora and fauna but am saddened when I see the conditions that some people live in.

Family children and pets

I have a son called Ian (53), who is my IT advisor, who shares my love of the countryside so we take long walks finding new places and new views. My daughter, Corinne, is 50 and lives in the West Country. She and her husband enjoyed walking the coastline of North Devon and Cornwall until she became a victim of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), formerly known as ME, and now struggles with life but lives in hope of recovery.

Two sentence testimony

I was bought up very strictly and, as a teenager rebelled. However due to the influence of some Christian girls at school and reading books which I had been given as Sunday school prizes I eventually recognised Jesus as my Saviour and now know Him as a constant companion and friend. Studying science has put me in awe and wonder of God the Creator.

 

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Catherine Lawton

Deacon

What do you do Monday to Friday?

I recently retired from nursing after 24 years as palliative care nurse (38 years as a nurse) as I feel God is calling me into children’s ministry. I am sure that my day will be taken up with my new role but I have also joined a rock choir as I love singing - although it doesn’t love me as much as it used to.

Likes and dislikes:

I dislike Grumpy old men, exercise (necessary but evil), sharing my chocolate and telephone cold calling.

I like grumpy old men; they present me with a challenge, dancing and singing so I love discos, parties and weddings which grumpy old men hate. Slapstick comedy especially Norman Wisdom. I would like to have tea with Dawn French or Julie Walters and I think Nelson Mandela was a wonderful human being.

Family and pets:

Jeff and I have 3 grown up children: Rebecca and then twins Rosie and Jem, so I know all about hard work. I have two new cats - mummy called Madiba Jellybean and baby Frida Lemon love cake.

Two sentence testimony:

As a child I joined the church choir to earn 5 bob for weddings where my mum worshipped. At 28 I decided to search for a God after a difficult experience. After trying out a number of different types of church I felt particularly at home in Queen Street. I recognised Jesus as my saviour and I was baptised at the age of 30. Thank God for his unfailing love and patience.

Andrew Lucas

Treasurer

Steph Lucas

Deacon

What do you do Monday to Friday:

I am a junior school teacher and tutor. I teach part time and do some supply cover with some tutoring work in the evenings. I also enjoy helping with the children's work and mid-week groups at church. I am a trustee for the Ratidzo Trust charity and have a passion for mission. My other interests include: singing, music, reading and going on holiday with my family!

Like and dislikes:

I love singing, reading, walking and running.  I don't like broad beans, fresh coriander or going to the dentist!

Family, Children, Pets:

I am married to Pete and have three grown up children: Jessica, Hannah and Isaac. 

Two Sentence Testimony:

I grew up as part of the church family here at Godalming Baptist Church; I gave my life to Jesus when I was about 8 years old and was baptised when I was 12. I loved going to all the children's groups, including Girls Brigade, Covenanters, and the YPF, where I met my husband. We were married at the church in 1989 and after living in Bognor Regis for a few years, where we started a family, we moved back to Godalming and joined the church here again in 1996.

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Marion Toombs

Deacon