Leadership and Staff

  • Pastoral Team 

    We currently have five pastors serving at River of Life Church
    Lead Pastor, Trevor Harris

    Trevor Harris by Docks 200pxTrevor is currently our lead pastor and is responsible for the direction of the church with his eldership team colleagues. He is an ordained minister and has led several large congregations during his ministry which focuses on Biblical teaching and exposition.



    Emeritus Pastors, Terry & Juanita Baker

    Terry BakerL2A0875Juanita Baker-0959Terry and Juanita founded the church in 2002 and continue to serve as emeritus pastors. They have a dynamic faith led and healing ministry and have seen  people from many parts of  the world come to know the Lord through their ministry.



    Assistant Pastor, Sean Englefield

    Sean Englefield-1000949Sean is one of the assistant pastors of the church and he and his wife, Angela, are greatly loved by our congregation for their pastoral care and love for people.



    Outreach Pastor, David Cope

    David Cope-0725David is one of our assistant pastors with special responsibility for evangelistic outreach and healing. He and his wife, Louise, are part of our Street Outreach Healing Team (SHOT) who have seen many people come to know the Lord and healed by the power of Jesus’ Name.





    Pete and Mary Howe
    Pete  Mary Howe-0684Pete and Mary co-ordinate and assist in the pastoral care at River of Life Church and have many years’ experience in pastoral counselling, help and advice.

  • Elders

    Trevor Harris: Lead Pastor
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    Terry Baker: Emeritus Pastor
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    Juanita Baker: Emeritus Pastor
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    Sean Englefield: Assistant Pastor
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    David Cope: Outreach Pastor
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    Raj Varadarajan: Prayer Team Leader

    John Goldring: Eldership Coordinator
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    Gary Peverley: Worship Team Leader
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  • Deacons and Trustees 


    Andy Mayhew: Men’s Ministry Leader
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    Andrew & Hazel Berry: Church Membership Course Leaders
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    Anita Chenery: Church Administrator

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    Brian & Del Oakley: Alpha Course Programme
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    Clare Peverley: Worship Team Co-Leader
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    Dave Hunt & Ray Harvey: Events Co-ordinators (Awaiting Photos)

    Eunice Mayhew: Women’s Ministry Leader
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    Harman & Jackie Hopkins: Welcome Team

    Linda Tuffs: Toddler Group Team Co-ordinator
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    Mary Alexander: Catering Co-ordinator
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    Pete & Mary Howe: Pastoral Care Team Co-ordinator
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    Brian Oakley

    Brian Oakley:

    Brian has been a Trustee of River of Life Church since January 2016 and comes from a marine port engineering career background where he was the Vice-President of a large international company.

    He, and his wife Del, are greatly valued in our Church Fellowship and together they co-ordinate our Alpha Course Programme and the First Steps programme for new Christians at River of Life Church.



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    Gareth Wright

    Gareth Wright:

    Gareth is the Director of an Essex based company specialising in freight, warehousing and distribution. He is involved as a Team Leader in our Alpha Course Programme. Gareth currently serves as Secretary to the Trustees


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    Mary Alexander

    Mary Alexander:

    Mary is our Catering Co-ordinator at River of Life.  She is responsible for co-ordinating all hospitality arrangements from Sunday morning refreshments to special functions and events throughout the year.  She also serves as a Life Group Leader.




    Raj Varadarajan

    S. Varadarajan (Known as Raj):

    Raj is the Leader of our Prayer Team which is always available to minister to those in special need or who require prayer after or during church services. Raj brings a wealth of experience and compassion to his Prayer Leadership role at River of Life.


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    Terry Baker

    Terry Baker:

    Terry is the “founding father” of River of Life Church and who, along with his wife Juanita, led the church from its inception until their retirement as senior pastors at the close of 2015. He remains as a Trustee and continues in active preaching and pastoral ministry as Emeritus Pastor of River of Life Church.


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    Trevor Harris

    Trevor Harris:

    Trevor currently serves the church as Lead Pastor and Chairman of the Trustees. Ordained at Westminster Central Hall as a Minister in 1977, he is also the Managing Director of a well-known firm of commercial surveyors and property managers in Ipswich which he founded in 1996. His leadership and business skills, and vision for the church, are greatly appreciated at River of Life Church.


  • Staff 

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    Anita Chenery, Administrator

    Anita is our full time Administrator at River of Life and deals with the running of the office, handling enquiries on a day-to-day basis, secretarial services, and assisting the pastors in the efficient running of the church.




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    Ray Harvey, Custodian

    Ray has special responsibility at River of Life for the maintenance and care of the Church Centre complex and its grounds. His work in ensuring the Building is maintained to an excellent standard is greatly appreciated at River of Life.

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    David Roberts, Cleaner

    David manages the cleaning of the church centre and ensuring that everything is clean and hygenic for church members and visitors. His work is invaluable and he and his wife, Beth, are greatly loved by our congregation.