ABOUT

US

Being a Beacon for Jesus 

our vision

We will be a church which is a beacon for Jesus

to the rural Axe Valley and beyond;

where the light and love of Jesus is visible and tangible;

where the light and truth of God’s Word is spread from here to the world.

our values

  • We will live lives of worship to God.

  • We will offer a warm welcome and unconditional Christian love to all

  • We will help people grow as lifelong-disciples of Jesus.

  • We will base all our teaching and practice on the Word of God, the Bible.

  • We will bring glory to God by being a fruitful Spirit-filled church

  • We will make the rural community our priority as we spread the light of the gospel ​within and beyond the Axe Valley until Jesus returns

We are...
 a church of about 95 members, with a congregation of around 150 people, from toddlers to over 90s. Since going online for our Livestream Services, we have seen up to 400 devices joining our online services from all over the world. As a result we have seen people come back to faith and known of others to see answered prayers and encouragements.

Our pastor is Darrell Holmes, who moved here with his family in February 2008 to take up the role.  Alongside him is our leadership team, made up of an Associate Pastor, a Church secretary, a Church treasurer and two Elders. We are also served by a Church Asdministrator. The Ministries of the church are co-ordinated by Ministry Team Leaders. Whatever we call ourselves in the leadership team, we work together to provide direction and oversight to the church.  We believe strongly that all members and friends have gifts, both spiritual and natural, to be used in the work of the church, outreach, and building each other up and encourage everyone to be a part of a Ministry Team. We are all committed to our Vision and Values, believing God has called us to serve Him wherever we are.

We believe...
that the church exists not just for the benefit of its members, but for non-members.  We are committed to reaching out into our community with the good news, through various projects and activities, and social action.  We seek to be relevant to our immediate community, and to be a relevant church in a rural area. 

We welcome...
anyone to join us for our services and events, regardless of beliefs, politics, gender, age or sexuality.  We share communion services every month, and our online services encourage people to take bread and wine or juice in their own home.

We belong...
as members of the Baptist Union of Great Britain,  and subscribe to its Declaration of Principle and we are also in membership with the Evangelical Alliance,  and subscribe to its Statement of Faith.  We have close relations with the local Anglican church, St. Giles, Kilmington engaging in regular joint activities and services with them.  We are also in close fellowship with our “cluster” of neighbouring Baptist churches in Chard, Lyme Regis, Seaton, and Honiton - known as the “CHALKS” group, and we are members of Churches Together in Axminster. We have an open membership policy - that is, membership is open (in the words of our constitution) “to all who profess repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, who have confessed their faith in one God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and whose lives bear evidence of their Christian profession.”    

We know...
that the local church may always be "one generation away from extinction". Therefore, we are committed not just to surviving but to reaching out into our community with the good news, through various projects and activities, and social action. We seek to be relevant to our immediate community, and to be a relevant church in a rural area.  The Arthur Rank Centre’s web site has more details on the churches’ ministry in rural areas, and helping churches to become more rural-friendly.

We support...
Christian mission in the wider world.  We support several missionary and relief organisations including BMS World MissionBaptist Home Mission, The Leprosy MissionEuropean Christian MissionTEAR fund, Christian AidLove Russiaand Yatima Orphanage. in Tanzania.

We give...
around 15% of our income towards these mission and aid organisations, sharing from our wealth with those who are in need. 

We pray...
believing in a God who answers prayer in miraculous and loving ways. We have a dedicated prayer team who will pray for you and your situation in complete confidentiality.  Just contact us and let us know about your situation and how we can pray with you

Meet the team

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Darrell Holmes

Senior Pastor

Darrell and his family came to us in 2008, having previously ministered in Birmingham and London. Married to Lucy they have three children, Jed, Jessie and Juliana

(and clearly like the letter J!) 

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Mike Hudson 

Associate Pastor

Mike is married to Rachel and they have a young son Joshua. With a background in the Army, and studying at Bristol Baptist College, he still finds time to support Yeovil Town FC

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Jon Garvey

Elder

Jon is married to Cynthia and is a retired GP. He is a musician, online blogger with a passion for faith and Science

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Anthony Chape

Elder

Anthony is married to Karen and they have a wonderful daughter Keziah

He works as a Dispensing Pharmacist locally, and is also exploring the possibility of a Church Plant. He is also a talented pianist and worship leader

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Richard Andrews

Church Secretary

Richard is married to Sarah and they have two grown children. Richard works for DEFRA and has been a member in the church for over 14 years

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Lesley Buss

Church Treasurer

Lesley is married to Jonathan and has a passion for accounting and cats! 

They have lived in the area for the last five years and spent much of that time worshipping at The Beacon

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Juletta Obudo

Children, Youth and Families Ministry Team Leader

Juletta is married to Cris and they have three children. Juletta has endless energy and creativity and loves serving in the community to the glory of Jesus

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Sylvia George

Catering

Ministry Team Leader

Sylvia has served in many ways in the church over the years, and now heads up the Catering Ministry Team. Her particular passion is for the Contact Lunch serving the elderly in our community. 

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Phil Bliss

Fabric

Ministry Team Leader

Phil is married to Alvi and they have two adult children. With a background in the Oil Industry and serving with Citizens Advice Bureau he is always busy in one way or another

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Claire Speake

Global Mission

Ministry Team Leader

Claire has a heart for Mission, and heads up our Global Mission Ministry Team. 

Providing resources and encouragement to pray and support our link missionaries around the world