Having lived in Berkhamsted for a mere 6 years Gwyneth is a relative newcomer to the area. Born and brought up in East Africa she spent the first years of life thinking that safari parks were boring and most people live near a volcano. Her missionary parents brought her back to the UK just before her teenage years so that she could learn the British way of life before it was too late. An economist by profession she has worked in the British government for more than 15 years, travelling to the Americas, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to provide macroeconomic advice and support poverty reduction. While in Uganda she met the lovely Simon Lee which soon led to marriage and two small boys - Barney and Jonathan. Gwyneth now spends her time managing the Lee Household, helping out at the boys' schools and supporting NBC in a range of activities.
Mark joined the leadership team in 2013 and leads on HR and strategy. He has a marketing and consultancy background and currently works with churches and charities across the UK on different social action projects. He is married to Jo and has three daughters who are all active in the life of the church. When he's not at church, home or work he loves to be out on his mountain bike in Ashridge, making the most of the fantastic countryside in the local area.
Mavis was born in Hemel Hempstead (when it was a very small town) and moved to Berkhamsted two years after her marriage to Barry.
She has four children, all married with children of their own, and she delights in being involved with them.
She has been part of NBC life for over 40 years and has helped with children’s work, and working with the teens, and with prayer teams. Mavis has been part of the NBC Bereavement Team and the Way Inn Counselling Team. She has also been involved with the Jireh Home and Shepherd of the Hills Children’s Home in the Philippines. It thrills her to see how God has blessed the NBC community with Ministers who have led us with grace deeper into what He wants to teach us about Himself. She feels that following Jesus is an adventure and looks forward to where He leads her/us in the coming months and years. She likes cooking, reading, travel and loves being involved with people.
Mike has been in Berkhamsted almost all his life, apart from the 4 years he went to the University of Kent (to study forensic science before realising he passed out when he saw blood...) After realising Forensic Science was probably not the career for him he set up and runs his own photography business (MacMac Photography) as well as teaching Maths (his other love) and Photography at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. His passion is for understanding where people are at, what their heart is for and encouraging people (despite the fact his voice sounds patronising and sarcastic...)
Pete has been attending NBC with his wife Jo since 2003 and they have two young children. Brought up in a Christian family and a Pastors kid, faith has been an ever-present in his life. Pete loves church and is a passionate believer in its importance to communities. He went on to study design at university and after jobs in Blackpool and London, he landed in Berkhamsted, where he is now a Creative Director for a local design agency whose clients range from large multi-nationals to start-ups. Pete enjoys watching 70’s cartoons with his kids on YouTube, in particular Spiderman and The Pink Panther, is a life-long LFC supporter and loves the outdoors.
Having fallen in love with Jesus in 2005, Tom has been at NBC since then. He studied Theology, Music and Worship at London School of Theology (in the shadow of Tommy and Adrian) and graduated in 2010. He teaches at the Beacon Prep school, and is passionate about seeing people released into worshipping God and the pursuit of His presence above all else. While he plays a bunch of instruments, he's a classical pianist at heart, and still dreams of performing Chopin Fantasies at the Proms one day. His pastimes include swimming (literally like a fish), being enthusiastic but poor at board games, investing in upcoming worship leaders and avoiding vegetables whatever the cost.
Born in Livingstone, Zambia to missionary parents - Swiss father and an English mother, Vina is well cultured to say the least. She grew up in a mud house in Maroua, Cameroon, before moving to the UK. She has been married to Gordon for approaching 50 years, and they have a son Campbell, daughter-in-law Vashti and two adorable young granddaughters. She's Tommy's main opponent when it comes to the life-experience competition; she taught French in a girls grammar school in Bournemouth, danced with the White Heather Group, sang in choirs and performed duets with her twin sister, and even featured in a recording with the Scottish Gospel Choir! Vina is an NBC veteran, having ministered to young couples, the parents and toddlers group, been part of the ministry team, led a house group and supported the Falconer home in Zambia for 25 years. What a legend.
David was brought up in Northchurch, and became a Christian here. He is married to Michelle and they have four children: Olivia, Joel, Seth and Lily, and a dog! (Bella). He will watch, talk about and when he can, play football (supporting Southampton), rugby (supporting Wasps), and baseball (Boston Red Sox). He also reads a lot. No really, a lot. He's a great fan of prayer, worship, fasting and the other spiritual disciplines, and he loves cheese and instant coffee. A man of class. David graduated in theology after two years at Cliff College and went on to study for a further three years at Regent's Park College, Oxford. From taking the position of youth worker at NBC in 1997, he became the minister in 2001 and yes, is still here.
Variously known as Tommy; Tom; R.Thomas; Grandad whitebeard, unlike David he wasn't brought up in Northchurch and did not go to the local schools. He didn't work locally, neither in an office or a warehouse so he didn't leave the town to go to college.
In fact, he was born and brought up in Belfast, left school at 15 and embarked on a variety of work and life experiences ending up with a wife & 4 children and a career in education via the Belfast Fire Brigade; the European Bible Institute in France; Glasgow among the down and outs (supporting with food, clothing and prayer!); London Bible College; Goldhill Baptist, the Chalfonts and Amersham; dabbling in painting and decorating and building (messy business!) before commuting to Hounslow and Feltham Community College (as headmaster) then Cranford Community College before "retiring" to work for the Learning and Skills Council. It's clear, he's a little inexperienced. David Russell invited him into a supportive and pastoral role at NBC, which he has sought to do over the last 8 years amidst the kaleidoscope that is NBC life!
Adrian has lived in Berkhamsted his entire life except for the three years he studied Theology at London School of Theology in Northwood. He is delighted to be married to Terri, but were not so sure she feels the same! After completing a two year stint as student youth pastor (studying at Ridley Hall) Adrian moved into full-time ministry here at NBC. Adrian isn't at all competitive. Ok, that's a lie. There isn't much in life that Adrian can't do, and it has been scientifically proven that he can't lose at any sport, despite people's best efforts to beat him. Aside from football being his favourite sport (supporting Chelsea, bless him), James is his favourite book of the bible, burgers are his favourite food and Agricola is his favourite board game.