The Core team left to right are:
Andrew Hawksworth Sarah Court Ashley Hardingham Helen Roberts Rob Peirson Sarah Hayes
Andrew Hawksworth : Andrew has been a member of Altrincham Baptist Church for more than twenty years. He became Assistant Minister in May 2016 and is a minister in training at Northern Baptist College. Originally trained as an architect he has specialised in church building design and until last year was managing director of a multi-disciplinary practice based in Manchester.
Andrew is responsible for the Pastoral Care and Prayer life of ABC and is passionate to ensure that everyone finds their place in the church family where they are cared for and can grow as disciples of Jesus.
Andrew is married to Helen, they have three children, Emma, Joshua and Jessica. When not working, he enjoys spending time with the family, playing golf and photography.
Sarah Court : Sarah commenced her role as the children’s and families worker in January 2013. Central to Sarah’s role at ABC is the provision of practical and spiritual support to families within the church.
Sarah was born in Liverpool but grew up in the nearby town of Partington. After studying for a B.Ed. in Primary education, she gained a teaching post at a Church of England primary school in Nantwich, Cheshire. Between 1999 and 2008 Sarah became a children’s and schools worker at West Street Christian Fellowship in Crewe. This ministry involved teaching religious education in the nearby schools, leading assemblies and themed Christmas and Easter productions. Within church life, Sarah led weekly children’s clubs, school holiday clubs and activity weekends away.
Sarah is married to Mick and they have three children Becky, Abi and James. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys participating in Bible Study Fellowship classes, Zumba classes and eating chocolate. The desire of Sarah’s heart is for children and their families to grow in a living relationship with Jesus.
Ashley Hardingham : Ashley, moved to Altrincham in September 2011, from Chapel Allerton, Leeds where he had led the church for ten years. Immediately prior to that Ashley had work in Buttershaw, Bradford, after an early career merchant banking; dealing in the bond markets.
Ashley’s main responsibilities are to head the ministry team and elders at ABC, shape the vision of the church and take responsibilities in preaching, teaching and the church’s mission life.
He has a passion for seeing people come to faith, for preaching the Bible and spending time with his family. This person Jesus, still remains his inspiration.
Ashley is married to Sandra and they are actively developing their parenting under the direction of three daughters, Zoe, Freya and Grace. An ideal day off would involve an art gallery, a good book, a cycle ride and a match at Roots Hall.
Helen Roberts : Helen moved to Altrincham in July 2013 from Marple, Stockport. Helen was involved in building and leading missional communities at All Saints, Marple, which is an evangelical Anglican Church.
Helen is responsible for discipleship and missional communities at ABC and is passionate about bringing discipleship and mission together in the life of the church. She loves engaging with people about faith, leading people on, learning constantly and helping others to understand their gifts and calling. Helen is currently continuing ministry training.
Helen is married to Simon, an IT expert and mountain bike enthusiast:. They have three gorgeous and energetic girls: Aimee, Sophie and Lucy. She loves travelling, family days out and most of all, reading!
Rob Peirson : Rob started at ABC in November 2016, having finished his degree in Youth, Communities and Schools work in July 2016. Rob’s passion is to see young people become disciples of Jesus, with their own independent faith, and develop leaders from this relationship with Jesus and passion to tell their friends about him.
Rob was born, grew up and spent most of his life in East Yorkshire. He was born in Beverley and grew up in a rural village (Cherry Burton) nearby. He was a mechanic for 4 years, until doing a gap year working for Beverley minster, helping run the youth provision there. He then worked for Hunsley Christian Youth Trust, working within an academy running the CU, lunchtime clubs and delivering assemblies, as well as in a local Anglican church running their youth provision. This was done as a placement for his degree.
Rob is musical, having been in several bands, and loves playing during worship, as well as jamming with his friends. He’s also a massive petrol head, so don’t get him talking about cars, or motorbikes, or anything with an engine unless you’re really interested. His drive in life is to see young peoples lives changed by encountering God.
Sarah Hayes : has been involved in the life of ABC since 1998, when she moved to Altrincham from her home city of Liverpool. She trained as a Chartered accountant, working for a large firm in Manchester before moving into various training and operational roles. In 2013 she started working for ABC as the Christians Against Poverty debt centre manager, before moving into the role of Operations Leader in 2017.
Sarah is responsible for supporting the delivery of our vision, making sure we have the right systems and processes in place to make things happen well. She is passionate about seeing the church thrive and grow in what it is called by God to do.
When not at work, Sarah can often be found ferrying her children to various activities. She enjoys time at home with family and meeting up with friends – coffee and cake at John Lewis (her favourite shop) is popular!