New Life Baptist Church
QE Park Centre
Railton Road,
Queen Elizabeth Park,
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Revd. Steve Godfrey


Steve is married to Anne and they have two grown up children. Steve and Anne joined us in August 2011. He is passionate for churches to grow in discipleship and reaching out in mission using gifts and skills given by the Holy Spirit.

In 2011, he completed an M.A. in Christian Leadership. Before that, he was the Ecumenical Minister at Peachcroft Christian Centre, Abingdon near Oxford. In the 1990s, he was a Baptist pastor in Plymouth. He trained for ministry at Spurgeon's College in London after a career as a Technical Officer for British Telecom.

Steve is very practical and enjoys a broad range of DIY tasks and fixing things - which is a very useful skill for us as managers of a Community Centre. He is a local school governor and chaplain to a sixth form.

Steve enjoys the outdoors, particularly walking, running, camping and cycling. He is a pianist and currently relaxes by preparing for a diploma in playing classical organ!

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Kate Whiting


Kate started her working life as a junior school teacher, but has worked part time for the church in variety of roles since 2006. She is now training as a Baptist minister whilst studying at Spurgeon’s College.

In addition Kate looks after the children’s work and the two toddler groups which NLBC run at the centre. She has just completed an M.A. in Missional Leadership. When she is not working for the church she enjoys family life with husband Mark, three children and a large number of pets.

She enjoys gardening, family history and plays the Viola.

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Mark Whiting


Mark has a keen interest in theology and biblical interpretation which led to his studying for an MA with London School of Theology. He is passionate about teaching and preaching, in particular he has an on-going fascination with the Psalms. He tweets and blogs about the Psalms on a daily basis (see and @PsalterMark). He also claims to be writing a book on the Psalms.

His day job is being an academic at the University of Surrey where he teaches engineering materials and researches advanced manufacturing of metals and alloys. He also looks after the University’s electron microscopy unit.

He has a wide range of interests which include steam locomotives, growing Mexican cacti, board games and cinema. He does not play golf.

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