In addition to the leadership of individual church ministries (e.g. Sunday school) there are two types of church officer elected by the membership. These are the Elders and Deacons. The elders meet once a month together and once a month with the deacons.

The church officers are responsible for ensuring the affairs of the church are conducted properly and legally (under Charity law they are all Trustees). While these leaders set the direction of the church, all major decisions are discussed with and made by the membership as a whole.

Elders: The elders' main role is the spiritual oversight of the congregation. They prayerfully seek to provide pastoral care and accountability to the whole congregation and especially to those who have formally committed to church membership. Their authority comes not from their office or person but through their teaching and applying the Word of God.

The regular ministry of the Word of God is committed to an elder(s) who should be full-time (unless financial considerations absolutely preclude it). He/they is/are known as the pastor(s). The eldership currently consists of the following men:

Stephen Clark

Stephen has been a Christian pastor since 1983, and has been pastor of Freeschool Court since September 1998. He is married to Lynne, has three grown up children and three grandchildren. 

Andrew Hadley

Andrew grew up in Bridgend and after studies in Sheffield returned to the town in 2005. Married to Beth with three children, Andrew began working for the Church as an Assistant Pastor in December 2013.  

Ieuan Davies

Ieuan has been married to Annwen since 1982 and they have three sons, three daughters-in-law and three grand-children. He is fascinated by the rich stories of people's lives and relaxes by walking the ridges around Bridgend.

Rob Hadley

Rob was born and raised in Port Talbot as was his wife Anne. They arrived in Bridgend and joined the church in 1977. After living in the town centre for 30 years they are now out with the sheep, and chickens and horses (not theirs) of Rhiwceiliog.

Iwan Rhys Jones

Iwan became a Christian while in year 12 of high school. Since 1990 he has been a lecturer at UNION. He is married to Julie and they have two grown up children.

Mark Pickett


Mark is originally from Brighton, is married to Becky and has five children. Mark and his family lived in Nepal for a number of years. He misses the mountains but enjoys walks along the coast from his home in Porthcawl. Mark blogs at markpickett.blogspot.co.uk and tweets @drmarkpickett

Philip Williams

Philip pastored churches in the South of England and South Wales for nearly forty years. Now retired he helps out in an advisory capacity. He is married to Kathleen; they have two daughters and five grandchildren.

DeaconsThe Deacons' main role is the practical administration of the church’s affairs. This includes maintaining the building and resources of the church so they are fit for purpose as well as ensuring the efficient running of the ministries of the church. Deacons also look out for the welfare of church members. They are mainly, but not exclusively, concerned with members' material needs. To make it easier for this to be done, every church member is allocated to a particular deacon. The diaconate currently consists of the following men:

Steve Ashman

Steve was born in the Rhondda and grew up in Swansea in a Christian home, but wasn't converted until 2002. A varied career has spanned banking, manufacturing and electronics. Steve is married to Pamela and lives in Bridgend.

Jason Freeman

Jason was born in Nottingham, is married to Sian and has two grown-up children. He started work as an upholsterer then after he married he moved to Wales where he worked for Sony Bridgend. He is now self employed as an electrician and plumber. 

Rob Hathaway

Rob was born and brought up in Bridgend. He is married to Paula and has three married daughters and one younger daughter. He is a Chartered Town Planner and uses these skills to help the church in thinking about its building in the town centre. He is a keen sportsman and tends to organise the church’s cricket and snooker matches! 

John Lewis

John was born in Bangor (North Wales). He studied French and German at Durham University and Theology and Mission at All Nations Christian College where he met his wife Chris.  Their two children were born while they were missionaries in South Korea. John is now retired, but previously he had worked as a legal translator with what is now called the Welsh Assembly Government.  He enjoys astronomy, hiking, birdwatching, poetry and music of many kinds. 

Stuart Milbourne

Stuart was born a Man of Kent. He married and registered as a pharmacist in 1978 and has worked in retail pharmacy since that time. He moved to Bridgend in 1981 where he first heard the gospel. He became a Christian and was baptised at Freeschool Court in 1991.

Trevor White

Trevor is married to Helen and has two sons and one daughter. He is the deputy headteacher at a local primary school where he teaches a Year 5/6 class. He is also a keen Liverpool FC fan!