Leadership team

ABC is led jointly by the Core Team and the Elders.

Core team


The Core Team is the name we give to the core group who have key responsibilities in serving and leading the church. The Core Team consists of Ashley Hardingham (Lead Minister), Sarah Court (Children and Families), Andrew Hawksworth (Assistant Minister – Pastoral), Sarah Hayes (Operations), Rob Peirson (Youth) and Helen Roberts (Mission and Discipleship Minister).

From this group Ashley, Helen and Andrew form the ministry team.

The team of six connects with all aspects of the church to ensure that every part of the church, pastoral, ministerial, gatherings, mission etc., is heard, supported and resourced as well as possible.

Ashley is also an elder, and Helen and Andrew also attend elders meetings.
Each term the Core Team and Elders spend the day together to look at vision and the key aspects of church life.

For more information about each of the team click here.



The elders are a group of people, nominated and endorsed by the church to fulfil a number of key roles. This includes being Trustees of the church, given its charity status. They are also key in determining the vision of the church, setting a budget, making staff appointments and a number of other key and statutory responsibilities.

Elders serve an initial term of three years but can be re-nominated to serve a further three-year term. The Church Secretary and the Treasurer are two identified roles within the eldership.

Currently the elders are:

Below : Paul Rowley (Treasurer), Mick Court & Peter Witherington

Mick Paul & Peter

Below: Neil Breton & Stephen Hayes  (Church Secretary)

  Neil & Stephen

Below: Nicola Avery & Ros Silverwood (Elder for Safeguarding)

Nicola & Ros