Leadership

We currently have a vacancy for a minister, and meanwhile the leadership team has responsibility for the oversight of the church. There is also a team with responsibility for pastoral care and other teams responsible for leading worship and for looking after the premises and the fabric of the building.
 
Geoff   Philippa Coultish
Geoff Thompson - Church Secretary   Philippa Coultish 
I was brought up by Christian parents and baptised as a baby at a Congregational chapel in Bradford, where my wife Hazel and I have lived for most of our lives. Slightly unusually, I was baptised again as an adult when I realised that I needed to make my own personal step of faith. 

I studied French at Hull University and spent a year teaching in a French school during my course. As a result, most of our holidays have been very francophile, with Corsica being our very favourite place. Following a year’s teacher training, I got my first job at Leeds Grammar School, and served as Year Head and French teacher for 36 years until retirement. I now have more time to indulge lifelong interests in playing badminton, fell walking and supporting the Bradford Bulls. Since retirement, it’s also been a great pleasure to go along to choir with Hazel who was already a member of the Halifax Choral Society.

When we felt ready for a change of scene nearer to my beloved hills, we decided to find a church before choosing where to live. We visited several, all very different, but the friendly welcome, lovely worship music, thoughtful Bible teaching and openness of the Oakes community drew us in and very quickly convinced us that this was the place where the Lord wanted us to serve Him.
  I have been part of the Oakes Church family since Summer 2007.  I cannot pinpoint the exact date but I became a Christian in my mid-thirties and for many years attended a small village Wesleyan Church.  I moved to Oakes to be part of a larger fellowship where there were people of all ages and all backgrounds and I was made to feel welcome from day one.  I travel over 10 miles to Oakes but it’s worth it!  I have been blessed by the teaching, the music and the house group meetings.

In my work life I work with people on personal development and improving confidence through coaching and help local businesses with organisational development.  I love to see people learn new skills and put them to use.

Something you may not know: I love pottering about outside with plants in all weathers and generally doing little DIY projects and fixing things!
Philip Clements-Jewery Oakes Baptist Church   05042015052 (2)
Philip Clements-Jewery - Prayer, Church magazine editor   David Pickering
I am a Baptist minister, who retired in 2011 after 8 years as pastor of New North Road Baptist Church in Huddersfield. I previously pastored 4 other Baptist churches and for a few years was also Director of the Christian Enquiry Agency.

My wife Sue, who is an experienced relationship counsellor, and I have since become very happily settled at Oakes, believing that this was where God would have us be. I became a member of the leadership team in 2014.

I have been a Christian since the early 1960s. Since then my faith has grown and deepened in many ways. I take prayer very seriously, and in 1997 was awarded a PhD by Manchester University for a dissertation on the theology of intercessory prayer. This was published by the Ashgate Press in 2006 under the title Intercessory Prayer. Unfortunately it is now out of print!
 
  I became a Christian on Good Friday 1985, when I realised exactly what God had done through Jesus and how his death and resurrection had relevance and meaning to me. I had the joy of being baptised two days later on Easter Day, and have been a member at Oakes ever since.
 
I love this church. I love the fact that we can be real with each other, with no need to pretend everything is fine when we’re actually struggling. It is a place where we can share sorrow as well as joy – and we certainly have experience of both! I appreciate the fact that we take seriously the Bible’s position as God’s revealed word and its relevance in giving advice for daily living in the 21st century.
 
I support the local football team as a Huddersfield Town season ticket holder and I enjoy the music of Joan Armatrading.
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

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