Leadership and Staff

  • Pastor 

    Following the retirement of the Senior Pastor, we are seeking to appoint a new Pastor in due course.








  • Elders

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    Clive Minnican:

    Clive has had a career background in teaching and latterly he was Headmaster at a well known faith orientated school in Ipswich. He has travelled extensively to the Far East and China where he developed and led leadership motivational programmes. He and his wife Sally are greatly loved and appreciated for their ministries at River of Life.

    Clive Minnican
    Elder Co-Ordinator
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    Sally Verow:

    Sally is co-leader of our Prayer Ministry Team and is a very charismatic member of River of Life Church. She has also for many years been the co-leader of our Samaritans Purse Annual Shoeboxes Appeal where thousands of underprivileged children receive shoebox gifts at Christmas time every year.

    Sally Verow

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    Brian Oakley:

    Brian recently joined the Eldership Team, he and his wife, Del, lead Younger Church activities, he is also a member of the Media Team and comes from a Marine Port engineering background.

    Brian Oakley

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    Terry & Juanita Baker:

    Terry 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.

    Terry Baker
    Emeritus Pastor

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    Juanita Baker
    Emeritus Pastor





  • Deacons and Trustees 


    Julie Harvey: Worship Team 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: Younger Church Leaders
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    Ray Harvey: Events Co-ordinator
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    Jacqueline Hopkins: Women’s Ministry Leader
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    Jackie is our Womens' Ministry leader and brings a charismatic and creative edge to this ministry. Her burden is for each woman to discover her spiritual gift and then to function in it. She has a great vision for equipping and encouraging the ladies in our church.

    Derek Wynn: Welcome Team Leader
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    Linda Tuffs: Toddler Group Team Co-ordinator
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    Catering & Cafe Co-ordinator

    Position Vacant


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    Clive Minnican
    Basiima-200px Basiima Kizito:

    Basiima hails from Uganda and works in the utilities Industry. She read Electronics and Software Engineering at Loughborough University from where she graduated with First Class Honours Masters in Engineering. She loves painting and she is greatly appreciated for her service to God within our church Fellowship.

    Basiima Kizito



    Anita Chenery SH 200px IMG2482 Anita Chenery:

    Anita comes from a financial services background and was for a number of years employed by one of the UK’s major building societies. Her present role is Church Administrator which involves heading up the Church Office, dealing with incoming mail and phone calls, maintaining the pastors’ diaries and work programme along with a host of publishing and printing initiatives to promote the extensive church programme of events and activities. Anita runs the “engine room”and ensures everything operates smoothly and happily.

    Anita Chenery


    Ray Harvey 200x200 Ray Harvey:
    Ray has his own business which he combines with his work as the Custodian/Caretaker of River of Life Church. His expertise and long experience in property maintenance and management is second to none and he ensures that everything to do with the physical building structure and grounds of the church are maintained to an extremely high standard. His role as a Trustee synergises perfectly with his work as Custodian/Caretaker. When anything goes wrong in the building, Ray is always the first port of call!
    Ray Harvey
    Gareth Wright-1259 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
    Gareth Wright
  • 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 hygienic for church members and visitors. His work is invaluable and he and his wife, Beth, are greatly loved by our congregation.