Meet The Team

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Jane Guest

Jane was inducted as our full time Minister on the 31st July 2022. She is
a former Havens Hospice Chaplain of 9 years and was Pastor on Canvey Island to ‘Leigh
Beck’ Baptist. Jane was Ordained at Avenue 12 years ago. She is now looking forward to
what God will do and how we can be like Jesus in serving the community altogether. Jane
met husband Peter at Birmingham Bible College and have been married 32 years. We have
two lovely daughters and two beautiful grandchildren. Jane enjoys swimming and watching
Wimbledon!

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Jim Kilpin

Jim has been a part-time Community Minister at Avenue Baptist Church since 2008, working two
days a week his role is to help the church engage creatively with their surrounding community
and to experiment with new ways of doing mission and being church.
Jim is married to Juliet and they have two children and a dog. They enjoy going for long walks
with the dog, going on holidays with friends and eating curries!

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Stephen Ekins

Stephen is our Church Secretary and one of his main responsibilities is the smooth running of
the church, this involves liaising with church groups and outside bodies such as the Baptist
Union, Local Council, Insurers etc.
Stephen is married and has two grown up children and is a passionate Southend United
supporter who enjoys his allotment and socialising.

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Lauren C

Lauren is our Site Co-ordinator, she moved to Westcliff 7 years ago and is married to Andi, and they have 2 young boys. Lauren liaises with all the various groups. Ensuring the church is secure, clean and well maintained. 
Lauren enjoys dancing, going on holidays and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Lesely Lewis

Lesley is our Children’s and Family Worker and she moved to Westcliff with her husband
Terence 6 years ago. They have four children and four grandchildren and love living by the sea.
Lesley enjoys music, drama, reading and spending time with family and friends.

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Litza Smith

Litza is our Youth Worker since 2020 and has taken on the role of supporting our young people
primarily through the ‘Waves’ group which meets on a Tuesday evening and the ‘Footsteps’ group
which meets on a Sunday morning.
Litza is an early years teacher and has two daughters and two granddaughters to keep her busy.