What does this mean?

In the New Testament, the Bible gives us the model of how Church works best and we want to use this as our basis for Church life.

We want to engage with todays 21st century culture – showing that Jesus is as relevant today as He was 2000 years ago. We can only have life in all it’s fullness by knowing Him and we want to help others discover this truth and to join the family.

Our History


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, and the interim chair of trustees.

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 full-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, Women's discipleship (SHE) and homegroups

Rachel is responsible for our under 11's children's groups; leads our women's discipleship and is part of our homegroup co-ordinators team.

Nick Peebles

Children's work, Men's discipleship (BECOME) and homegroups

Nick oversees men's discipleship and is part of our homegroup co-ordinators team.

Julian Westbrook

Sunday mornings

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

Dan Gatland


Dan oversees our Sunday morning and Friday evening Ignite youth group.

Chris Doney

Alpha, Media team and Production

Chris runs our Alpha courses, is responsible for our media presence and looks after the PA team.


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.

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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