Meet The Team


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!


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.


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.


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.