Follow us:

Home » About EBA » Who’s Who

Who’s Who

The Team

Beth Powney, EBA Team Leader and Regional Minister

Revd Beth Powney

Regional Minister Team Leader
and Regional Minister for the Northern Sector
T: 01842 754953 M: 07415 478231
Email Beth

Stephen and I married in 1980 and moved to Billericay in Essex, at this time I was working as an Occupation Therapist for the NHS. We soon settled as members of Billericay Baptist Church and there we remained and took on a variety of roles. Our family grew as Emma, our daughter came along and Rich our son, in due course, not forgetting my stepsons, regularly visiting.

I returned to work as an OT when the children were older working in a variety of roles for 11 years, including a spell as a Tutor in Occupational Therapy ending my career as a Head OT for Community Services across the Basildon and Thurrock area.

In 2001 the Lord called me into fulltime Christian ministry, when I accepted the role of Gap Year Co-ordinator with Viz-A-Viz ministries, based in Basildon. I had a delightful and exciting seven years with them as I worked both with the young people on their Gap year and more widely with the leadership of the charity. Then in 2008 God led me into pastoral ministry as I started my training with Spurgeon’s College as an ordained minister. It was at this time that we moved away from Billericay and went to live in Sandy in Bedfordshire. In Sandy I have served the local church for the last 8 years, seeing God restore and renew Sandy Baptist Church. In local church ministry in Sandy I have loved working with our community, including becoming a school Governor, working with the council and with the other churches across this rural area, as well as forming relationships with many people who are seeking to grow in the their knowledge of Jesus.

Stephen has now retired and our family now live in different parts of the country and has grown to include five grandchildren, who we delight to spend time with. Stephen is a keen photographer, I love to sew and we both enjoy swimming and eating out together.

Simon Goddard, EBA Regional Minister

Revd Simon Goddard

Regional Minister for Central Sector
T: 01284 723927 M: 07930 148094
Email Simon

Simon started following Christ in 1991 at the age of 19 and has been serving in Baptist churches since the age of 21, when he began preaching and was appointed as deacon and treasurer of Zion Baptist Church in Cambridge. After working at the church for five years, during which time he was involved in setting up a permanent nightshelter and an educational charity.

After getting married to Lisa in 2000, he moved into academic administration, and whilst working as Executive Officer at a School of Health Studies he undertook a Masters in Organisational Behaviour.

At the second time of asking Simon was commended for ministerial formation and began a church-based course at Spurgeons between 2005 and 2008. He was minister-in-training at Lode Chapel in rural Cambridgeshire and was called full-time by the church after ordination. In 2010, after pioneering an ecumenical monthly fresh expression in Bottisham Primary School, the growing congregation started gathering weekly at the school and changed its name to RE:NEW.

In 2012 Simon was appointed to the EBA Council as Task Group Leader for Mission Strategy and began serving the Association as Regional Minister for the central sector in January 2014. With Chris Duffett he co-authored the book ‘Big Hearted’ and has been a contributor to the IBRA Bible Reading notes. He is one of the two national Pioneer Co-ordinators for Baptists Together, hosts the online version of the mission-shaped ministry course and represents Baptists nationally within Fresh Expressions.

Nick Lear, EBA Regional Minister

Revd Nick Lear

Regional Minister for the Southern Sector
T: 01268 769848 M: 07941 071965
Email Nick

Nick was born in Devon and raised in a Christian family, attending a Baptist Church for as long as he can remember. He gave his life to Christ at the age of 6, at a beach mission on Exmouth Beach. He was baptised as a believer at the age of 13 and not long after that first felt God’s call to be a Minister.

He was (wisely) advised to get some experience of life and so pursued his passion for justice by studying for a law degree and then working in the litigation department of a busy provincial form of Solicitors back in Devon. He met Sally while they were studying for their degrees at Kingston Upon Thames and they married in 1989. The following year they followed God’s call and Nick began training for Ministry at Spurgeon’s College.

After graduating from Spurgeon’s Nick was called to Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham, to work as part of the team there as Youth Minister. During their time in Horsham Nick and Sally were blessed with two children: Tom and Hannah. From Horsham (to his great surprise and delight) Nick was called to work at Baptist House in the Mission Department as a Mission Advisor – focusing particularly on encouraging and supporting churches in their work with children, young people, families and young adults. From there he was called in 2008 to serve as the team leader at Colchester Baptist Church. In 2014 he was called by the EBA to serve as Regional Minister in the Southern Sector of the Association. Nick is committed to encouraging churches to be as healthy as possible in order that they can be free samples of Jesus for their communities

Nick likes to express his creativity in different ways. He is the lead author of ‘Making a Splash’, the Baptist Union’s guide to Believer’s Baptism, and writes his own blog ( – all views are his own!). He enjoys watching films and most sports, and is also a keen performer of magic tricks ( which he particularly enjoys using with churches to help share the good news of Jesus.

Linda spent her childhood in North Shields a fishing town in the North East of England. In 1977 she moved to Bradford, West Yorkshire to undertake her nurse training, whilst there she met and married a local man Malcolm.

Together they have been involved in church service for as long as they have been married, and have both been active participants in various missions, at both home and abroad.

They moved to Norfolk in 1995 where Linda worked as a Forensic Psychiatric Nurse. Continuing her education Linda gained a BSc Hons at the UEA in 2005, eventually becoming the Head of Education & Development at what was then the Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health NHS Trust.

After retirement in 2010 Linda studied at Spurgeon’s Bible College in London for two years and was ordained in August 2014 and inducted as the minister of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Martham, Norfolk. She was co-opted onto the Eastern Baptist Association Council and was elected as moderator for the Association in 2016.

Paul is a Londoner by birth but has spent most of his life living in Essex – Chelmsford and Billericay. He worked for Barclays Bank for 32 years in a variety of managerial roles.


following which he spent 8 years working in the NHS as a Practice Manager of two GP surgeries. During this period he served as Treasurer of Billericay Baptist Church for 27 years, eventually managing to “retire” from that role at the end of 2016. He also serves as Treasurer of Renew Counselling (formerly known as West Ham Central Mission), and is a CAP Money Course Trainer.

He is married to Ann and has two grown-up children – Jonathan, married to Ems with four children (grand-children), and James.  Jonathan is a Director of his children’s TV production company, and James is a Deputy Head of a Junior School. Having retired as Church Treasurer the expectation of having some free time did not materialise as he has since taken on the book-keeper role for his son’s company.

Hayley Beckett, EBA Secretary

Hayley Beckett

Association Secretary/Website Editor
Email Hayley

Hayley was born in Fordham, East Cambridgeshire, has lived on the North Norfolk coast and now lives in Godmanchester, West Cambridgeshire.

A true East Anglian girl. She is married to Daniel a Youth Minister and has three children, Mark, James and Sarah and a rabbit called Keith (named by the children).

When not working for the Eastern Baptist Association she enjoys watching period dramas on TV, Disney films, reading, baking, flower arranging and genealogy, and one day would love to take a ride in a hot air balloon.

- Enter Your Location -
- or -