Leadership and Staff

  • Temporary Pastors

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    Pastors Emeritus, Terry & Juanita Baker

    Terry & Juanita stepped in to take on roles of Temporary Pastors during
    this transition period

  • Elders

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    Terry & Juanita Baker:
    Terry and Juanita founded the church in 2002 and continue to serve as Pastors Emeritus. 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.

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    Julie Harvey:
    Julie is the Worship team leader at River of Life Church, and finds it an honour leading a congregation into God's presence. She served for many years in Aglow International,  a Worldwide Organisation, as the President of Ipswich, and wa s also the Worship Leader for Ipswich and Colchester Aglow. Julie is a Manager for Shelter Housings in Ipswich and she has worked in this role for 21 years. Her heart is to worship the Lord and serve others in the Church.

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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.

  • Deacons and Trustees 


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    Julie Harvey:
    Worship Team Leader


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    Brian & Del Oakley:
    Younger Church Leaders

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    Ray Harvey:
    Media Team Leader


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    Derek Wynn:
    Welcome Team Leader

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    Linda Tuffs:
    Toddler Group Team Co-ordinator

    Catering & Cafe Co-ordinator

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    Pastor Emeritas Terry Baker:

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    Anita Chenery:
    Church Administrator

    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.

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    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!

  • 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.