Meet the Leadership Team

Leader (Minister non-accredited) Church Secretary & Trustee

Sharon Petchey

Sharon came to this area in 2010  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 our church family, 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.


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

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 became Treasurer of ABC in 2019.Zena says “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.