Elders & Deacons

Linslade Baptist Church is presently supported by Grace Baptist Partnership (GBP) in a period of revitalisation as we seek to strengthen and encourage the church membership and increase the vitality of our ministry and witness within Linslade & Leighton Buzzard.

Whilst we do not presently employ our own full time pastor, Barry King and Steve Burton, Co-Pastors at nearby Dunstable Baptist Church, oversee the ministry.

Cliff Wade, who is currently training for the ministry at London Seminary, has been appointed as Trainee Pastor. Barry, Steve and Cliff share the preaching and teaching responsibilities, providing continuity of teaching as we work through the scriptures together.

The work of the church is supported by Deacons Michael Wade and Jon Salem.

Click below to find out more about our leaders

Cliff Wade
Cliff Wade
Trainee Pastor

Hello, I am Cliff and I am married to Elizabeth. I have been a Christian since 1992, when I was at university at Canterbury. Over the past 25 years I have worked in business, for organisations such as Santander bank, Milton Keynes Council and most recently as a cartographer for Network Rail.

I have preached itinerantly in various churches over the years, starting when I spent a few months in Albania in 1994 whilst working for a mission society. In 2019 I left Network Rail to become the trainee pastor at Linslade Baptist Church; a call to the ministry had been on my heart for many years, and now was the time. I currently work part-time for LBC, sharing the preaching ministry with Steve Burton, whilst studying at the London Seminary at the same time. I will complete my Pastors’ course at London Seminary in 2023.

In January 2019, Dunstable Baptist Church came alongside us to help us in “church revitalisation” at Linslade. It is the desire of us all to serve the Lord, encourage and build-up God’s people, and to reach out to Linslade and the wider area with the Gospel, so that people will truly believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ unto salvation.

Steve Burton
Steve Burton
Elder
My name is Steve Burton and I became a Christian when I was 14 years old
Michael Wade
Michael Wade
Deacon

My name is Michael Wade, and I’m one of the Deacons at Linslade Baptist Church. I’ve worshipped here since early 2001 and have seen many changes, including those who worship here, but one thing that does not change is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by which I’ve been translated into God’s Kingdom by the power of the Holy Spirit. The first stage of this conversion was that I experienced a deep conviction of my natural sin and the fact that I had broken God’s law as revealed in the Bible many times, but a time came when God enabled me to realise that there is full redemption based upon the work of Him who is fully God and fully man, the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s son. His shed blood at Calvary covers all my sin and now I’m seeking to live to God’s glory through the strength of the Holy Spirit.

It requires much patience to be a Christian, perfection comes in for the Christian either at death or when Jesus Christ returns, then he or she is fully equipped to worship, with a clean heart, God in His presence in Heaven, with His people for ever. There is also much joy in walking with God as we learn His ways and have fellowship with His people, all of whom to some extent will have experienced the things that I’ve outlined above.

At Linslade Baptist Church our desire is to have fellowship with other Christians so that we can enjoy mutual encouragement and have that fuller communion with each other and with God. We also seek to meet those who don’t believe savingly upon the Lord Jesus, that they too would be enabled and willingly drawn to exercise repentance towards God and to possess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jon Salem
Jon Salem
Deacon

Hi, I’m Jon and my wife Nic and I moved to Leighton Buzzard in 2019 for work and became members of Linslade Baptist Church in 2020.

I became a Christian around the age of 8 when I came to understand my need of a personal saviour in the Lord Jesus Christ. Although only a child, I could see that God must exist from the beautiful world around me but also that things in the world were very broken as a result of man’s sin. More than that, I personally was a sinner (I had a terrible temper) and had broken God’s laws, leaving me guilty for punishment by a just and perfect God. The only solution was to ask God for forgiveness and to believe and trust the bible’s clear teaching that Jesus had died as my substitute, bearing the punishment of God that I rightly deserved. Several decades later and having seen God at work in my life and those around me, I can truly say that my greatest joy and singular hope for acceptance by a wonderful, loving and holy God remains Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection.

We would love to welcome you to Linslade Baptist Church. We may be small in number but be assured of a very warm welcome. But more than that, come to hear the truth of God taught from the Bible as we seek to know and understand more and through this knowledge to enjoy a deeper relationship with our glorious God and our saviour the Lord Jesus Christ.

We hope to meet you soon!