Minister and Leadership

Along with our minister, the leadership team has responsibility for the oversight of the church, whilst there is also a team with responsibility for pastoral care. There are teams in place for leading worship and for looking after the premises and the fabric of the building.
Adrian   Jayne Askew Oakes Baptist Church
Rev Adrian Ward - Minister   Jayne Askew - Pastoral care
I have been at Oakes since April 2017 following a move from Northamptonshire, where I had served for 11 years as the minister of Desborough Baptist Church. Before training for ministry, I worked in the chocolate and sweet making industry (and, strange though it may seem, I had a lot more friends when I worked in a chocolate factory!)

One of the things that I really enjoy about my role with the church is helping people to discover the truth about God’s love for them and then sharing in the journey of discipleship together.

Since moving to the area, my wife Dani and I have enjoyed exploring some of the wonderful Yorkshire countryside, usually with Barney our dog following close behind! I also enjoy serving in the community as governor at a local primary school.
  I heard about Jesus at Sunday school and as a teenager made a commitment to follow Him.  I studied German and French at university and joined Oakes almost 30 years ago when I came back to Huddersfield to live, work and get married. I am mum to triplet daughters, one of whom has complex additional needs. I work in a special school with an amazing group of children who teach me more than I could ever teach them. I was widowed at the end of 2010 and the last few years have been really difficult. I have been so grateful to the church family for walking alongside us over the years and to God for His faithfulness in the stormiest of storms.

I like cooking and cleaning(!), helping out in the church and sharing a meal and a game of canasta.

Something you may not know: I am addicted to charity shops and the garage is full of interesting ‘resources’. If ever you need a didgeridoo or a flamingo …….
Philip Clements-Jewery Oakes Baptist Church   Philippa Coultish
Philip Clements-Jewery - Prayer, Church magazine editor   Philippa Coultish - Pastoral care
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 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!
David Pickering    
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.
Geoff Thompson - Church Secretary    
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.

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