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Staff and Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff members.
Pastor Lee Presley

Pastor Lee Presley

Hi I'm Pastor Lee I am a father of seven and a husband to Michelle. We long for broken people, burdened by their many failures (or banking on their many successes) to understand that Christianity is not for good people who try hard. Rather, it’s for bad people who have finally given up and throw themselves on the forgiving mercy of Jesus. Our conviction from experience and witness is this: No-one is ever too far gone, no-one is ever too far away, and no-one is ever beyond the reach of God's unfailing and redeeming love, in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Ole Black (Church Secretary)

Ole leads on organisational issues and is the first main point of contact for them. He is a recently retired government statistician with interest in disability who enjoys speaking, working with children, holidays, days out,  running and long term suffering from being a Newcastle United supporter.

Ruth Thomas (Treasurer)

I’m Ruth, Treasurer at St. Julian’s Baptist Church.

The Lord led me to SJBC in October 2016 after serving him at various churches in the South Wales Valleys. In July 2017, I was asked to help out with the role of treasurer until the next AGM in September 2017. I was then appointed to the role and in November 2020 I was re-appointed – obviously, I must be doing something right.

I aim to carry out the duties that the Lord has given to me to the best of my ability with the help and guidance of others on the team.

I also work in Education as a School Support Officer travelling to various schools in the area as and when required.
Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor (Deacon)

Matt is our youngest deacon. Matt has a real gift for events and bookings management. From organising coffee events, fun days and community events. In his spare time loves going to the cinema and is massive Disney fan. If Matt goes on holiday he could probably be found at Disneyland Paris! 
HP March 2019

Harvey Philpott (Deacon)

Harvey holds a Managerial position with the National Autistic Society and a Trustee role with Eden Gate, Newport.  He has a young family (2 children) with wife, Pippa and he leads the worship group at church.  Harvey's hobbies include playing guitar and drums, playing football for a local club and baking.



Beryl Turner (Deacon)

Beryl has many talents including a great sense of humour.  A leader who helps us keep our feet on the ground - who is a blessing in all she does.

Sian Taylor (Deacon)

Sian has served a number of times on the leadership of the Church and is gifted loving and a blessing.  Sian is a mum and grandma loves leading worship and gives us a good balance  as a family Church.

Peter Banks (Deacon)


Mark Greveson (Deacon)



If you need to contact the Church please visit the Contact Us page.

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

New to Church?

It's important for us to tell you that "the Church" is not a building. The building is the place where "the Church" also called "the family of God" meet to be together as often as we can. 

So welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about our Church Family that meets in St Julians and across the City of Newport.

Key information about the church...


Where & when does the church meet?

Our Church Family meets every Sunday at 10.30am for our Sunday Service. Aim to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking spot and seat in time for the service to start. Its also good to meet and greet others before the service starts. We want to get to know you and introduce ourselves to you.

We meet at:

33 Beaufort Road
St. Julians
NP19 7PZ

You can see a map on our contact us page

What should I expect when I visit the church?

You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and ensure you feel comfortable. There will be a time of singing with opportunity for church members minister to each other, to pray or read a passage from the bible. After some notices there will be a message from one of the Church members with a chance to respond at the end of the service. We encourage church members to participate during the meeting but everyone is able to relax and enjoy our time together.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the service where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.

What happens to the kids at church?

We have a fantastic programme for the kids at the Church for:

Creche (up to to 3 years).  
Sunday Youth- Mixed Age Range

Children stay with their parents at the start of the service as we worship (sing songs!) together for the first part of the morning. Someone will announce when the children need to go to their groups.

For more information about what happens in the children's groups please visit the relevant age groups for you under church life.   

Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.

Will I have to join in?

Not at all! You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you. 

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I have more questions, how can I get in touch and ask them.

Please feel free to contact us.

If you want to know who works in the church office, check out our Staff and Leadership page.