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The Team

Nigel Hoad

Nigel Hoad is the Chair of Saved2Serve and is responsible for its ministry through his employment with the Home Mission of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches (South East). Nigel has spent most of his life serving his Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ, among young people; with a passion to see them brought into the Kingdom of God. Now with Saved2Serve that passion is enlarged to see these same young people sharing their faith personally with their friends. Nigel is a church leader in a Baptist Church in Bromley, Kent, and is married to Lucy. They have three children, all married, with three grand children. The Apostle Paul talks about his thorn in the flesh – Nigel’s is being a diehard West Ham supporter, although he enjoys most outdoor activities.

Chris Hawthorne

Since 2005 Chris Hawthorne has been the pastor of St. John's Wood Road Baptist Church, close to Lord's Cricket Ground, in London. He and his wife Helen have three children. As well as pastoring the church Chris is the Chair of Governors at a local primary school, sits on the ABGC(SE) main committee, mentors students from both Oak Hill College and London Theological Seminary and occasionally helps at out the Cornhill training course. Besides spending time with his family Chris enjoys trying to play golf and Minecraft (not at the same time).

Ryan King

After several years of involvement in church planting, evangelism, and local church ministry, Ryan King became pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Wood Green, North London, in 2013. Additional to his work as pastor of the church, Ryan does research for the Grace Baptist Partnership, co-chairs a local residents association, and coordinates his area's neighbourhood watch. He enjoys spending time with his family and church, reading books, watching films, and exploring the city.

Greg Tarr

Greg joined the Saved2Serve committee in 2014 after attending his first weekend. Greg is sure he would have benefited hugely from Saved2Serve when he was younger, so is keen to give others the opportunity to get involved. He lives in Guildford and is a member of Chertsey Street Baptist Church. He works as a software developer for a local company, and he counts walking, cycling, politics and technology amongst his interests.

Dan Bryant

Dan Bryant is the Communications Administrator for Grace Baptist Mission, based in Abingdon. He is responsible for all things technical at the Mission including video editing; the website; production of Prayer Waves and Social Media. Before coming to Abingdon, Dan lived in Hull and worked as a secondary school Maths teacher. He is married to Carol, and they have two children.

Adam & Julia Laughton


We met whilst students at Southampton. Julia grew up in a Christian home, and came to faith whilst quite young. Adam came from a non-Christian home and was converted whilst at Uni. We have 4 children (aged 12 to 20 years). After short careers in teaching, we spent 11 years ministering at Grace Baptist Church, Southport, before moving to Gravesend in 2011 to join the Gateway Church Planting Project. This is a house based initiative, where we aim to spend as much time as possible with non-Christians! Between us we enjoy various things, including arts & crafts, boardgames, reading, walking and baking. Unlike Nigel, we support a proper football team (hint: the blues from Merseyside.)

Paul Spear

Paul became a Christian at university. After teaching in 'the worst school in London' he trained at Bible College expecting to go overseas. The Lord had different plans and took him instead to serve as pastor of Gadebridge Baptist Church in Hemel Hempstead. In January of 2013 he became Secretary of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches South East. He is married to Fiona and they have three children.