Rev. Ben Gotts – Minister
Hello there! My name is Ben and I’m the Minister at Littleover Baptist Church (LBC). I grew up in Hastings, in the South East, and began going to Church after attending a Bible Holiday Club for children, which was being run by a local Baptist Church. I continued to attend the Church and became a Christian during my secondary school years. I was later baptised and continued to become more involved in Church life. I worked for 4 years at a local supermarket and also spent some time working in the Community Centre which was attached to the Church. I took on a number of roles at the Centre, including, working with adult learners, and teaching english to asylum seekers, through studying the Bible together. In 2003, I began to sense God calling me towards Church Ministry, and in 2006 I went to train at Regent’s Park College in Oxford. After finishing my time at Regent’s, I was Ordained, and later Inducted as the Minister of LBC, in June 2010. I was married in 2011, and in 2016, I became a father.
My aspiration for LBC is that we would be a welcoming group of people, where others can find out about who Jesus Christ is, come to know him personally and experience the joy of being part of his worldwide community, the Church.
Janet Aukett – Deacon
I was born and grew up in Derby. Since I was a child I attended a Baptist Church in Derby where I was in the Brownies and Guides and the Church was a great part of my life. It was there that I met my Husband Danny. I was married and baptised in 1965 by Rev Arthur Bonser who was my mentor and friend and a great influence in my Christian life.
Danny and I spent three years living in the north of Spain and in the last few years we travelled the world and had some great experiences and met some wonderful people. I enjoy gardening and reading and have brought up three Children.
We joined Littleover Baptist Church because, as we are living in Littleover, we felt this church was calling us to be a part of the witness in our local area. It is a supportive and loving church for all ages and the events I attend bring me closer to God. My role as a Deacon is to serve the church and its congregation and to support the minister.
Sheila Gardner – Deacon
I was virtually born at Littleover Baptist Church, where my parents were members from early 1939. I was a member of Sunday School, attended the League of Young Worshippers, Brownies, the Youth Club, became a Sunday School teacher and eventually the leader until I Ieft Derby to go to college. I was baptised at 13 following a trip to London with the Church to hear Billy Graham.
After my marriage, we went to live and worship elsewhere, but we moved back to the area in 1976 and were ‘collared’ by the Church Secretary at Littleover Baptist, who said he’d “expect us next week”. We didn’t seem to have a choice and so I have been a member again since then!
I started to help with the Guide unit in 1980 and I have been involved ever since. My husband and I have both served on the diaconate before this term.
Karen Minto – Deacon
I became a member of Littleover Baptist Church 4 years ago after receiving a warm welcome from the minister, members and congregation. I am a Deacon and Junior Church Leader. I am married with an adult son and daughter.
I have been brought up in a Christian family and my parents, grandparents and uncle have been instrumental in bringing me to a strong faith. I have attended a Baptist Church all my life and as a child and young adult I was a member and leader of both the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade as well as junior church. My peers, Sunday school teachers and other leaders in the Church have had a great positive influence on my life, Christian faith and my social awareness and I will be always be thankful for their support and wisdom. I was baptised when I was 16 years old; there was no blinding flash of light that brought me to that point, but a sure knowledge of the love of God that had been demonstrated to me by the people around me.
I work as a trainer for a charity that supports people of all ages with drug, alcohol and mental health problems and have a history of working in social housing, anti-social behaviour and youth offending.
I am far from perfect, but I strive to demonstrate the love of God in all areas of my life.
Tony Salt – Deacon
I came to the Lord at the age of 17 during a Don Summers’ Crusade in Bournemouth and have tried to be faithful to Jesus since then. In my 20’s I lived in Dorset and played in a Christian rock band called ‘The Four Kingsmen’, but then moved for a few years to Wales where my faith was greatly strengthened under the ministry in a Welsh Presbyterian Church. During this period, reading the Bible convicted me about baptism and at the age of 29 I was baptised. Since then I have attended churches where believers’ baptism is practised.
My long career in software engineering required me to visit and live in cities all over the world, including 14 years in Germany, and I have experienced wonderful Christian fellowship in many countries. I met my Malaysian wife when I was sent to Kuala Lumpur for a year to implement a business project. More recently, before I retired, I was employed as a senior NHS manager. I have two children; a daughter on the mission field in Kenya, and a son in Germany. I am conscious that the word ‘deacon’ means ‘servant’ and I seek now to serve God and his congregation in Littleover Baptist Church.
Allan Child – Secretary
I was born in Yorkshire where my father was a Baptist minister, but I grew up in Devon, the Home Counties and the Midlands, and came to personal faith in 1958. Most of my working life was in research related to railway civil engineering, which is how I came to settle in Derby in the late 1960s. I met my wife, Ruth, in Derby and we were married in 1972. Our children are grown up now, and we have two young grandchildren. We were drawn to Littleover Baptist Church by its friendly welcome and have made it our spiritual home since 1999. I have been Church Secretary since 2009 and see my rôle as supporting the Church in its mission.
I enjoy music, mostly as a listener although I play a tenor recorder in the Church music group. Other interests include travel (particularly by train), cryptic crosswords and cooking.
Pam Graham – Treasurer
I was born at the seaside, in Morecambe in the north-west of England, where my father was the minister of Zion Baptist Church. We moved to Derby when he became a minister there. After leaving school I returned to my roots to study at Lancaster and then became a primary school teacher, working in the Derby area.
I was baptised when I was 13 and became a church member where my father was a minister, later moving my membership to Littleover Baptist Church. It was a joy when both my daughters gave their lives to Jesus and were baptised. At the moment, I enjoy working with young children and their carers at the church ‘Mums and Tots’ group. For many years it has been a privilege to serve on the diaconate, taking on the role of treasurer, watching the church grow in numbers and becoming more united in love for one another.