Meet the Leadership Team

Leader (Minister non-accredited) Church Secretary & Trustee

Sharon Petchey

Sharon came to this area 10 years ago when she re-married and in searching for a new church stumbled across Arlington Baptist Church, she felt so warmly welcomed by this small church and the members welcomed and introduced her into village life.

Encouraged by one another Sharon explored Baptism and was baptised in the River Coln in Bibury, soon after this Matt Frost Minister of Cirencester who was leading us asked if Sharon would consider a leadership course which she undertook with support of the Church here in 2019.

Although Sharon is not a qualified Minister she is a non-accredited minister and leads the church.

Sharon loves organising events which have included Murder Mystery


Jean Stringer

Jean is our oldest and most precious member having been worshiping at Arlington Baptist Church since she was 12 years old along with her family . In 1952 she married Reg in the chapel and has raised her family in the Christian way happily seeing many of them coming to understand the special relationship she has with Jesus. Jean has served in many roles in the church family including Treasurer for many years and helping run Ladies fellowship, Sunday school, as a Deacon and catering events too numerous to mention, her cooking is legendary at church and village events


Simon Brown

Simon moved to Bibury in March 2018, with his son Liam, Simon and his son have attended Cirencester Baptist Church for nearly 4 years , but has been part of the team that supports Arlington Baptist Church once a month, by running a Sunday Morning Celebration Service, Simon and his son Liam have also become members of ABC and been very support, by attending our Pop-up Lunches and during Covid-19, Simon has helped us, by setting up our Social Media accounts, hosting Prayer Course Zoom Meetings, connecting us to CBC online Sunday Services and getting our new website up and running with the help of Webboutiques

Registrar & Trustee

Debbie Stringer

Debbie and her young family came to Arlington Baptist Church over 30 years ago and were made very welcome by the church family, this made a huge impression on Debbie and she has worshipped and served here ever since, happily watching some members of her family dedicated here, and Daughter married here also.

A few years ago Debbie was asked as a longstanding supporter of village life as well as Church member if she would become our official registrar which she gladly accepted and has now officiated at numerous weddings in our beautiful chapel


Zena Sparks

Zena moved to Bibury in October 2014, with her then teenage son, Morley.  

She found Bibury to be a  very friendly place with a strong community, and has made many friends.  As a committed Christian, she sought out a local church and found Arlington Baptist Church very welcoming. She has worshipped here ever since, and has greatly enjoyed the fellowship of her peers at ABC. Zena recently became Treasurer of ABC and also host a bible study group at her home on a Wednesday evening.  Zena says “even without a formal Pastor/Minister I find our church to be a Spirit filled place and a constant encouragement to me on my Christian journey”

Prayer & Pastoral

Gillian Day

Gillian came to work in Bibury as a girl and soon married and lives with her family in the heart of the village, she has always had a Christian faith and taught the Sunday school for many years. Having a great knowledge of scripture Gill is especially blessed in service through prayer and encourages our church in this way.

Gillian helped run the Pop In lunches in the village hall for many years and now helps in all aspects of church and village life.