Our Elders are responsible for the oversight of BFC.

Craig Gale

Lead Elder

Craig is married to Karen and they have two sons and a dog. They've been part of BFC since 2011, Craig's been an elder since 2017 and lead elder since 2018. He has specific responsibility for vision, preaching, running the leadership team and safeguarding. He is also a trustee.

Neil Gatland


Neil is married to Sue and they have two adult children. They were part of the original church plant in 2001 and Neil has been an Elder since 2009. He has specific responsibility for overseeing our home groups. He works part-time as an IT consultant for a technology company.


We employ a small team of staff to run the Church office day to day



Wisia is a member of BFC. Wisia is responsible for the day to day administrative running of BFC including our foodbank outreach centre.

Sue Gatland


Sue is responsible for keeping our finances in order.

Core Leadership Team

Our leadership team support the Elders in leading the Church

Rachel Brown

Chair of Trustees and homegroup coordinator

Rachel is part of our homegroup coordinators team and leads our trustee team.

Julian Westbrook

Sunday mornings

Julian is responsible for our Sunday morning church experience, helping guests feel welcomed and for how we run practically.

Chris Doney


Chris has responsibility for running our Alpha courses.


We take safeguarding seriously. Below are the team responsible for safeguarding. If you have any safeguarding concerns or questions, please contact one of our officers directly.

Sue Gatland

Head Safeguarding Officer

Sue is our safeguarding officer and is responsible for the safeguarding team at BFC.

Rachel Brown

Deputy Safeguarding Officer

Rachel is one of our deputy safeguarding officers and she also takes the lead role for safeguarding on the board of trustees.

Our History

Who we are

BFC is a part of the Commission family of churches.

Commission is an international family of churches united by a shared passion for Jesus and His mission, and a clear vision to see thousands of lives transformed through hundreds of churches in tens of nations.

We achieve this by seeking to build and plant local churches that are subject to God’s word and responsive to His Spirit.

  • Churches where grace is not only preached but is experienced and demonstrated.
  • Churches where the gifts of the Spirit are fully expressed and where relationships are genuine and deep.
  • Churches that serve their local communities but are also engaged in God’s global mission.

Commission is led by Guy Miller with teams of leaders and is enthusiastically part of the wider Newfrontiers family of churches. Check out the Commission website here

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