Leadership and Staff

  • Pastoral Team 

    We currently have four 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.

     



     

    Pastor, Sean Englefield

    Sean Englefield-1000949Sean and his wife, Angela, are greatly loved by our congregation for their Pastoral Care and love for people.

     





     

  • Elders


    Trevor Harris: Lead Pastor
    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.





     
    Terry Baker: Emeritus Pastor
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    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.



    Juanita Baker: Emeritus Pastor
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    Sally Verow: Elder
    Sally Verow 200px-8483Sally 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 Christmastime every year.





    Andrew Berry: Elder
    Andrew Berry 200px-9622Andrew is an ordained minister having served for a number of years in the United Reformed Church before retiring and making River of Life Church his spiritual home. He and his wife Hazel, lead the Commit & Connect church membership course and Andrew preaches regularly where his ministry is greatly blessed and appreciated.




    Clive Minnican: Elder
    Clive Minnican 200px-9526Clive 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.




    Sean Englefield:  Elder
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    Sean 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.







    David Cope: Elder
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    David is another 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.
     
  • Deacons and Trustees 

    Deacons

    Andy Mayhew: Men’s Ministry Leader
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    Steve Bloomfield & Julie Harvey: Worship Team Leaders
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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.










    Harman & Jackie Hopkins: Welcome Team
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    Linda Tuffs: Toddler Group Team Co-ordinator
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    Mary Alexander: Catering Co-ordinator
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    Pete & Mary Howe: Community Cafe Overseers
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    Trustees

    Mary Alexander200pxL2A3152- 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, volunteers in the Church Office, is Lead Recruiter and Deputy Child Safeguarding Co-ordinator for the Church.

    Mary Alexander








     

     

    Terry BakerL2A0875 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.

    Terry Baker








     

     

    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








     

     

    Trevor Harris by Docks 200px 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.

    Trevor Harris








     

     
    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!
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    Brian Oakley:

    Brian has been a Trustee since January 2016 and comes from a marine port engineering background. He, and his wife Del, are greatly valued in our Church Fellowship and together they co-ordinate the Younger Church Ministry.

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    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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  • 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.