I am the Way
and the Life
A church that delights in God’s Word and celebrates God’s grace
Welcome To Upton Baptist Church
Building a community for Christ
We’re a friendly and welcoming Bible-believing evangelical church made up of people from all walks of life, united by our love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Please do have a look around the website and get in touch if you have any questions.
Our Sunday morning family service is at 11.00. It is recorded and live-streamed – see the Resources page. Some weeks this will be followed by a church lunch to which all are welcome.
The evening service is at 5.00, and we meet at 4.30 for tea, coffee and snacks. This will be either communion, a prayer time, an informal discussion, or something else! Please see the calendar in the What’s On page.
Our family friendly and accessible services last a little over an hour. We’re an active and outward-looking church where you’ll receive a warm welcome.
A crèche with a video link is available during the morning service and there are 3 Sunday School classes for younger children.
What’s the best gift God could give you? Life Explored – an informal and relaxed 4 week course. This world is full of experiences and possessions which promise happiness, yet deliver so little. As it explores the Bible story (creation, fall, redemption, new creation), Life Explored shows how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ. The best gift God can give us is himself Get in touch to find out more.
OK we’re not located near the campus area, but over the years we’ve provided many students with a spiritual home during their studies. If you’d like a lift please get in touch. And if you’d like Sunday lunch, just let us know!
The Bible study / Prayer meeting is in church some Wednesdays, and we have a variety of house groups, ladies Bible study meetings, coffee mornings and other informal meetings.
From crèche, right through to older teens and young adults, we have a range of clubs and activities, all working to develop and strengthen a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
A lively program of games, crafts and engaging Bible stories. School years 3-6, 6.15-7.30pm – currently every other Tuesday.
A group for preschool children and their carers.
We meet each Monday during term time, 10.00-11.30.
There may be a waiting list so please enquire at
For high school age+, meetings alternate between games and activities in the church hall or away ‘activities’, and Bible studies. 7.30-9.00 Fridays.
Who are we? What do we believe? Click on the button for more details, but to summarise, we’re a loving and caring group of people who believe that God has, through the death and resurrection of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, provided a way that we can be forgiven and brought into a vital and eternal relationship with Him.
Our Leadership Team
Dave is married to Rebecca. They have two grown up sons and a teenage daughter. They joined Upton Baptist Church from Ormskirk, Lancashire, in 2008 after Dave completed two years training with Grace Baptist Church, Southport. Previously he was involved in engineering design and project management in Knowsley, Liverpool.
He loves to see the effect the word of God has on people’s lives and how it shapes the life of the church and builds up the Body of Christ. In his spare time he enjoys running cycling and hill walking.
Ray Tibbs, Elder
Ray became a Christian in 1968 at the teacher training college (now the University). After 23 years in leadership of Baptist churches in other parts of the country, he moved back to the city in 2003 with his wife, Margaret. They had met at the college and took up teaching posts in London. They have 3 grown up children. Now retired, Ray is involved in producing the Geneva Bible Notes for the Grace Publications Trust, having worked previously in Christian literature for over 20 years.
Ian Williams, Elder
Ian joined the church in 1981. He served as a deacon for some years before becoming an elder in 1994. He is married to Pauline and they have Ian joined the church in 1981. He served as a deacon for some years before becoming an elder in 1994. He is married to Pauline with 3 grown-up children and 5 grandchildren. Ian became a Christian just after leaving university in 1970, as a result of the prayers of Christian friends. He has completed the Evangelical Movement of Wales theological training course.
From left to right, Alex Taylor, Peter Siddorn, John Hocking & Ian Thompson.
Upton Baptist Church holds personal information about staff, church members,
regular church attendees and other individuals who have provided such
information for a specific purpose.
This information is used for the following purposes:
- The production of our “Members and Friends Prayer Diary” – copies of
which are given to all whose names appear on it. Copies are also made
available on request to others who have started attending the church since
it was produced.
- The day-to-day administration of the Church (including maintaining
membership records, providing pastoral care and oversight, preparation of
rotas and maintaining financial records of giving for tax purposes).
- The day-to-day administration of Church activities (including but not limited
to children’s and youth activities, Parents and Toddlers, Holiday Bible Club,
“Who Let the Dads out?”, and the Art and Craft group).
- Communicating with those people whose contact details we hold to keep
them informed of relevant Church activities and events.
Upton Baptist Church recognises the importance of the correct and lawful
treatment of personal data. All personal data, whether it is held on paper, on
computer or other media, will be subject to the appropriate legal safeguards as
specified in the General Data Protection Regulation 2017
Upton Baptist Church fully endorses and adheres to the eight principles of the
GDPR. These principles specify the legal conditions that must be satisfied in
relation to obtaining, handling, processing, transportation and storage of personal
data. Employees and any others who obtain, handle, process, transport and
store personal data for Upton Baptist Church must adhere to these principles.
- The 8 Principles
The principles require that personal data shall:
- Be processed fairly and lawfully and shall not be processed unless certain
conditions are met.
- Be obtained for a specified and lawful purpose and shall not be processed
in any manner incompatible with that purpose.
- Be adequate, relevant and not excessive for those purposes.
- Be accurate and where necessary, kept up to date.
- Not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose.
- Be processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights.
- Be kept secure from unauthorised or unlawful processing and protected
against accidental loss, destruction or damage by using the appropriate
technical and organisational measures.
- Not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic
Area, unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of
protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the
processing of personal data.
- Maintaining Confidentiality
Upton Baptist Church will treat all your personal information as private and
confidential and not disclose any data about you to anyone other than the
leadership, administrators and activity co-coordinators of the church in order to
facilitate the administration and day-to-day ministry of the church.
All Upton Baptist Church staff and volunteers who have access to Personal Data
will be required to agree to sign a Confidentiality Policy and a Data Protection
There are four exceptional circumstances to the above permitted by law:
- Where we are legally compelled to do so.
- Where there is a duty to the public to disclose.
- Where disclosure is required to protect the interest of an individual.
- Where disclosure is made in response to a formal request or with the
- Use of Personal Data
Upton Baptist Church will use personal data for three main purposes:
- The day-to-day administration of the church; e.g. pastoral care and
oversight including calls and visits, preparation of rotas, the organisation of
activities and maintaining financial records of giving for audit and tax
- Communications designed to keep individuals informed of church activities
- Statistical analysis; gaining a better understanding of church
Personal data will not be used for any purposes other than set out in this
- Control of Personal Data
- Personal data will be held only where clear and unambiguous consent
has been given for the purpose for which it will be used. This consent
can be withdrawn by any data subject on written request.
- People who will have secure and authorised access to the data include
Elders and Deacons, Church Trustees, Activity Team Leaders,
Fellowship Group Leaders, and administrators.
- Personal information shared by a data subject during personal
conversations with members of the pastoral team will be treated as
confidential and not shared further without their explicit consent.
Records will be retained only as long as they remain relevant to the
appropriate exercise of pastoral care (i.e. “legitimate interest”).
- Access to personal computers or mobile devices that are used to store
personal data will be restricted to the user of such devices and be
controlled by a confidential password. Where possible, files should be
further encrypted by means of a password.
- Printed attendance or contact registers that carry no more personal
data than names, (and in the case of children, dates of birth and
emergency contact details), have only minimal privacy impact and do
not need to be treated as confidential. Other personal data held in hard
copy form will not be held in a location open to unauthorised access.
- Personal data will NOT be accessed by any authorised users outside of
the EU, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation
2017, unless prior consent has been obtained from the individual whose
data is to be viewed.
- All individuals who are the subject of personal data held by Upton
Baptist Church are entitled to:
• Ask what information the church holds about them and why.
• Ask how to gain access to it.
• Be informed how to keep it up to date.
• Be informed what the church is doing to comply with its obligations
under the General Data Protection Regulation 2017.
- Personal information will not be passed onto any third parties outside of
the church environment.
- Personal information (including photographs) of individuals will not be
published on our website without obtaining explicit and informed
consent from the individuals concerned or their parents. We will never
publish the names of children and young people alongside their
- The need to process data for normal purposes has been communicated
to all data subjects. In some cases. If the data is sensitive, for example,
information about health, race or gender, express consent to process
the data must be obtained.
- Data will be held only as long as is necessary for processing.
- Right to Access or Correct Data
Subjects whose personal data is held by Upton Baptist Church have the right to
access any personal data that is being held in electronic or manual filing
systems. This right is subject to one exemption: personal data may be withheld if
the information relates to another individual.
Similarly, if personal details are inaccurate, they can be amended.
Any person who wishes to exercise this right should make the request to the
Church Secretary in writing. Upton Baptist Church will aim to comply with any
request for access to or correction of personal information as quickly as possible,
but will ensure that it is actioned within 30 days of receipt unless there is good
reason for delay. In such cases, the reason for delay will be explained in writing
to the individual making the request.