As a church we are first and foremost a family, so please meet the leadership team below. Then please do connect, we’d love to get to know you and for you to get to know us. If you would like to find out what we stand for, you can read more about our values as a church and what Baptists believe.

Meet the team.

Neil Bywater minister

Neil is the Minister of Leamington Spa Baptist Church and so oversees the Spiritual Life and work of the Church, seeking to build the fellowship up in Worship, Pastoral care, and Mission. 

His desire for the church is for it to be a community of people, continually deepening in their faith in Jesus, learning though worshiping, living, and working together what it means to Love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and might’s, and to love others as we love ourselves.

Simon Archer

Simon Archer secretary

As well as being a follower of Jesus, Simon is also the husband of Emma, father of Jacob, Naomi & Kezia and, during the day, he is an engineer and manager in the water industry.

Simon is an accidental Baptist who grew up in charismatic house churches. After wandering away from the Lord as a young adult, he was led to LSBC where he was baptised as a believer and became a member in 2010. At the moment he is particularly involved in leading a homegroup and in co-ordinating the leadership team.

Malcolm Hayes treasurer

Malcolm is one of the band leaders and also a service leader. He is usually found on the platform of a Sunday morning behind a bass guitar. His focus is on ensuring that the music played on a Sunday morning is of the best that the band can give and is a fit and proper worship.

He is married to Lesley and has two grown up sons, Ian and Nicholas.

Chris Harris-Dewey

Chris Harris-Dewey community

Chris grew up in South Africa, where he returns every summer to spend time with family and eat real meat. He is married to Kim and the father of Daniel and Kyle.

He plays guitar, enjoys singing and looks to get involved in various ministries to assist when needed. He is passionate about sharing the gospel with others and leads our initiatives in the community and evangelism.

Ruth Kelly pastoral

Ruth leads the pastoral care work of the church and is is also responsible for safeguarding within the church.

Ruth also preaches from time to time, giving the congregation the benefit of her encyclopaedic Bible knowledge and a lifetime of prayer and study.

Ruth Kelly

Reg Overton fabric

Reg came from outside the church and was converted as an adult. He now heads up the fabric team that maintains and enhances the church premises and the manse.

Val Kennedy young people

Val has been a member of the church for over 20 years. She was previously a Methodist, then joined a house church. Her current roles at this church include Mission Coordinator, service leader, Reboot (youthwork) leader and Designated Person for Safeguarding (youth).

She retired from working at the University of Warwick at the end of 2020, but she has also worked as a teacher. Outside the church, she is a volunteer mentor with Flourish, which cares for the mental wellbeing of local girls. She lives in Lillington with her husband, Ian, and they have three adult children, Duncan, Isla and Charlie and two grandchildren, Caleb and Leah.

Paul McVicar

After relocating to the UK from Australia with his wife and two teenage boys in 2021, Paul has found a wonderful new home in Warwickshire and Leamington Baptist Church.  Paul became a Christian while studying at University where he also met his beautiful wife Ann. 

This is the fourth country in which Paul and Ann have lived and worshiped the Lord and they look forward to making more friends in the community and getting used to the weather.

Fernanda Rezende

Fernanda is from Brazil but her work for an international car manufacturer has brought her to the UK and to Leamington Spa Baptist Church.

Married to Pedro and a mum as well Fernanda became a follower of Jesus and served Him in her homeland before she relocated … and now she has found her place on our leadership team.

Kay Searle

Kay Searle administrator

Kay works through all the correspondence, telephone calls, room bookings and preparing paperwork for services and meetings.

The church office is open 3 hours each on Tuesday Thursday and Friday mornings.

Frank Walker caretaker

Frank has a range of responsibilities including caring for our building, preparing for many services, events and activities and always being ready to welcome people into the building.

Frank Walker