Canford Heath Baptist Church

Love in the community

Who's who



I was Inducted as Minister of Canford Heath Baptist Church in November 2014.    My Christian journey began over 40 years ago at a Don Summers rally in Reading.   I made a commitment that night, and was baptised soon afterwards.   My early adult years were turbulent and I fell away from faith for a while.   I spent a year at Birmingham Medical School, before deciding that becoming a doctor was not for me.  Looking back I can see that God was beginning a call to pastoral ministry even then.   I met Val in 1980, and we moved to Bournemouth soon afterwards.   We both became very involved in the life of Lansdowne Baptist Church where I led the music and outreach ministry for many years.  It was during this time that God clarified my sense of call, and in 1992 I started training for ministry at Spurgeon’s College in London while working as a Music Director for a lively Anglican church in West Croydon.  Pastorates in Stafford, Cirencester and Sudbury (Suffolk) followed, before a joyful return to Dorset and the ministry at Canford Heath. Although I enjoy leading worship from the keyboard, I am a pastor/teacher at heart and know that this is the primary ministry to which God has called me.


Val became a Christian while at school.  A missionary from Africa had come to share her testimony with the class.   Towards the end of her talk she asked us if anyone wanted to give their life to Jesus.  I went forward.  The following lesson was Geography, so my first witness was to the teacher when I had to explain why I was late for class!    I have worked in a ministry partnership with Nigel for over 30 years now. I appreciate getting alongside women on a one-to-one basis.   I have also led retreat days and conferences for women, including events at the Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing in Gloucestershire.   While in Sudbury, I joined a church mission team to Soweto, South Africa.   I was amazed to find myself in a classroom sharing my testimony with a group of African children, and realised that God had brought me full-circle from my own testimony 50 years earlier.  Over the past few years I have been training to become an Accredited Lay Pastor of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.    I have undertaken this training to be better equipped for the work that God has opened for me.   I hope to be accredited at the Baptist Assembly in 2016.   


Martin Rumney - Elder

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I became a Christian almost 40 years ago through the school Christian Union. It has not all been plain sailing though and there have been times when I have turned away from God, but He has always brought me through to a place of greater faith. I am married to Louise and have two children: Ben and Abi and I work as a software engineer. I am an elder in the church, which I take to mean that I am responsible for people's spiritual wellbeing and that I should support the pastor so that he can better do the work God wants him to do.


Bryan Shaw - Elder and Church Secretary

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I am married to Iris and we have two children, Joanna (Jo) and Andrew. Jo is married to Nick and they have three daughters, Hannah(7/11/07) , Emilia(3/11/09) and Laurena(2/10/12) and a son Tobias(19/4/15). Jo is a pharmacist and Nick a building services engineer. They live in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Andrew is married to Susie and they have one daughter, Eliana(1/11/14). Andrew is a software engineer and Susie is a mental health counsellor. They live in Woking, Surrey.

Iris and I have both retired recently. I worked as a legacy officer for the RNLI and Iris as a teaching assistant at Branksome Heath Middle School.
I became a Christian in 1967. I thought I was a Christian because I was brought up in a Christian home but I knew something was missing because God was not real to me until I went to a Billy Graham Crusade meeting and God spoke to me through him and revealed to me that He loved me so much that he gave His only son Jesus Christ to die for me on the cross so that my sins could be forgiven. I was completely blown away by  that amazing truth and went forward to give my life to Jesus and receive God’s forgiveness.

I didn’t understand at first that being a disciple of Jesus meant letting Him have control of my life and I messed up my life as a result of making some wrong choices but God was faithful and never gave up on me. He has guided me along my spiritual journey and enabled me to serve Him in a number of church leadership roles including Treasurer and World Mission Co-ordinator. I am currently the Bournemouth prayer group co-ordinator of SIM (serving in mission) and Iris and I have been involved in working in partnership with local churches in Hungary where we have helped to run English classes as a means of outreach. I was elected to the office of Church Secretary of Canford Heath Baptist Church in January 2011.
My hobbies are walking, reading and listening to music.


Dave Hunt - Elder

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I became a Christian at a week long Methodist House Party in Torquay when I was fourteen. It was during one evening through the witness and testimonies of other Christians there that I realised that they had something in their lives that I did not have and thanks to them that evening I prayed and gave my life to the Lord.
My role at Church is that of 'Welcome' which is to head up a team that ensures everyone especially newcomers are greeted, made to feel really welcome and introduced to the life and various activities within the Church

Peter Freeborn - Elder

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I was born in 1942 in Purley, Surrey, the middle of 6 children (3 girls and 3 boys).  I became a Christian around my 16th Birthday. I am married to Jean and am the father of 4 daughters and 3 sons. My work was mainly in engineering including electronics and hydraulics.  I am currently a church elder.

Carol Kumaila - Deacon

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Hello! My name is Carol. I have been a Christian for nearly 30 years, but drifted away at first, so really count it from the year of my Baptism, which is about 22 years! For me my Christian life is a continual journey, and I am constantly learning more about the heart of God and about myself. I have a strong pull towards social justice for all of God's people, and do my best to help support the church in this area.

Personally speaking, I have been divorced for 7 years, and have two lively sons, who keep me active and young(ish!). I have been attending CHBC since its inception, and was part of the 20 adults who planted the church from Longfleet Baptist. I enjoy dancing, cooking, walking, kayaking and more recently camping (well, when there are good loos and showers!)


Les Hutton - Deacon and Treasurer

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I have lived in Dorset since moving here in 1969 but it was not until 1987 that I became a Christian after attending Longfleet Baptist Church at the behest of my wife Diana. I was baptised at Longfleet and then was elected to the deaconate there and served as a deacon for 5 years. I was also involved in the church life at Longfleet through the childrens work with Diana and running a house group. We were also both involved with Crusaders in Wareham for many years where Diana was the leader. During that time at Longfleet the plant at Canford Heath was set up and although we did not initially join Canford Heath (but stayed at Longfleet and continued with the children’s work) we later joined when we felt that this was the place God was calling us to.

Since coming to Canford Heath I have continued to lead a house group and also for many years been involved with the PA. My other main task for the church has been  the organisation of the last 2 church weekends away at Brunel Manor in Torquay, The last one being in February this year.

Now that I am retired from full time work I will have more time that  I can offer to the church. I also feel that I have experience in a number of aspects of church life that I can offer to the church which is at present going through changing and challenging times.

Other history

I was born in Yorkshire where I spent my formative years until I went to Liverpool University to study Physics obtaining a B Sc in Theoretical Physics  and then a Ph D in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. During that time I met Diana and we married in Liverpool prior to moving down to Dorset in 1969. Since moving to Dorset I have worked in research in the nuclear industry at Winfrith and recently retired from there although I continue as a consultant on a part time basis. We have brought our family of three girls up in Dorset. They all attended Longfleet before moving away as they married and set up their own homes. I now have 7 grandchildren to keep me in touch