Who are we ?

We are a church of about 80 people of different ages and various walks of life, sharing the one purpose of seeking to live for our Lord Jesus Christ. We are based in Shepshed, a town of around 15,000 people near to Loughborough in Leicestershire in England, just a few minutes away from the M1 motorway.

We are a new church called Shepshed Word of Life Church, formed in November 2013 by the uniting of two long-standing churches in the town – Belton Street Baptist Church (formed in 1880) and the Evangelical Free Church on Kirkhill (formed in 1969).

In the Bible, Jesus is called The Word of Life and we have chosen our church name to reflect that he is at the centre of our meetings and our life as Christians. Our church is evangelical, baptist and independent.

We meet each Sunday for worship at Belton Street in the morning at 10.30 a.m. and at Kirkhill in the evening at 6.00 p.m. We meet for prayer and Bible Study on Thursdays at Kirkhill at 7.30 p.m. Our meetings are plain and simple, consisting of singing of hymns, prayer, the reading of the Bible and preaching from it. You are very welcome to join us. Please click here for details of all our regular meetings and here for our monthly diary.

There are two main purposes for our existence. Firstly, as Christians, we seek to learn together from the Bible, how we should live in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly we try to make Christ known in the town so that others might come to know and love him also. We do this by the preaching and teaching about the “Good News” concerning Jesus Christ, “The Word of Life” and by seeking to live out the Gospel we profess.

We believe that the whole Bible is the Word of God and is the only way by which we may know God and his Son Jesus Christ and understand the meaning and purpose of life. Click here for more about what we believe.

Our elders

Simon Clarke

Simon CSimon has been full-time pastor in Shepshed since 2003 and prior to that was pastor at Stapleford Baptist Church in Nottingham.  Before this he worked as a stockbroker in his home city of Birmingham, and also as a hospital manager in nearby Solihull.  He is married to Sarah, and they have three daughters.  As well as taking an interest in the training of overseas pastors in Uganda, Simon follows current affairs, watches most sports, cycles and enjoys the great British countryside.

Ian Hilder

Ian H 

Ian has been part-time pastor in Shepshed since March 2016, having served 12 years as pastor at Copse Road Chapel, Clevedon.   Before this he taught chemistry in a large comprehensive school in Somerset for many years.  He is married to Hilary, and they have six children and also grandchildren.  When Ian is not busy with church work or family, he enjoys mountain walking, and also playing the clarinet.  He watches rugby and cricket whenever he can and has remained loyal to his beloved Bristol Rovers FC through their various traumas and successes.

 

Chris Jones

Chris became an elder at Shepshed in 2012.  He is a materials engineer.  He is married to Alison, and they have two daughters, and also grandchildren.  When he’s not busy with church matters or work Chris enjoys reading and walking.

 

Our deacons

Phil Cottrell

Phil is our fellowship deacon.  He co-ordinates the practical care of church members and congregation.  He works in the finance department of a local motorway service station.  Phil likes to write about the experience of God’s love.

Geoff Goddard

Geoff is our property deacon.  He co-ordinates the operation, maintenance and repair of the church premises.  Geoff is retired but seems to be as busy as when he was in employment.  He is married to Ann and they have two sons and grandchildren.  He enjoys walking and gardening.

Nigel Holmes

Nigel is our admin deacon.  He co-ordinates the administrative side of church life, dealing with records, rotas, communication, etc.  He is also one of the leaders of our youth group ‘Generation’ as well as preaching from time to time in a number of churches around the district. Nigel works for a company in Loughborough mixing vehicle paint and sometimes matching it by eye.  He is married to Anna and they have two grown up daughters.

Dave Bottomley

Dave is our finance deacon.  He co-ordinates the management of our finances and accounts.  He is director for a retail company.  He is married to Debbie and they have three children.  In his spare time Dave enjoys running, cycling and travel.