Meet Our Staff

Jonny Dowds – Pastor

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Jonny’s first contact with Upney Baptist Church was in the summer of 2006 when he came to help in the Church’s summer mission.  He came again over the next few years to lead the summer missions and enrolled in the Irish Baptist College in 2009, graduating in 2012 with a Batchelor of Divinity Degree.

In 2012 Jonny was invited by Upney Baptist Church to be the Assistant Pastor on a 12 month contract, then appointed Interim Pastor when Billy Young stepped down as Pastor in 2013.  Jonny was subsequently elected Pastor of Upney Baptist Church at a Special Church Meeting on February 18th 2014, he was then inducted as Pastor on Saturday 12th April 2014 where  Jonny’s father, Pastor Harry Dowds of Stonepark Baptist Church in County Fermanagh, gave the message from God’s Word.

Calvin Lindsay – Church Secretary

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Calvin joined Upney Baptist in 2009. He grew up in East London in a Christian home, but came to a realisation of his own need of salvation and a personal relationship with God at the age of 17.

He enjoys being involved in children’s work at the church through the Explorers children’s club and was previously involved in running the Impact youth group. He also manages the church IT and sound systems. He was elected as a deacon in 2016.

Calvin is married to Rebekah and works as an IT project manager in London. In his spare time (which seems to be reducing by the month) he enjoys dragging Rebekah on as many holidays as she’ll allow! He also enjoys playing and watching most sports but is starting to wonder why he supports Arsenal!

John Crawley – Treasurer

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John has been attending Upney Baptist since 2006.  He first came along when participating on a Christianity Explored course, and subsequent to this he still had many questions about God.  He followed this on with a course which gave an overview of the Bible, and after this all of the dots joined up and God helped him to see that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.

He has headed up the Explorers children’s club since 2010 and enjoys sharing the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ with the children who attend.  John was elected deacon in 2014. 

John is married to Sharon and they have two children (Noah & Jude).  John works as an insurance underwriter in London. Hobbies include running, reading and chopping down bushes in the garden (generally being outside to avoid cabin fever setting in).