The President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain is elected annually and takes office at the annual Baptist Assembly held in May. Our current President, Rupert Lazar, took office at our Assembly in Oxford on 14 May 2016. Dianne Tidball was also welcomed as our new Vice-President. David Gregory was elected as President for 2018-19 and will be presented to our Assembly in Harrogate in May 2017.
The President’s main role is as a communicator/facilitator of our Union’s vision and mission. The President travels around our Union, engaging with local churches, regional Associations and Colleges.
A key part of the role is leading the Baptist Steering Group
(BSG) Accompanying Group
, which provides prayer support and shares in spiritual and missional reflection with BSG.
There will also be occasions when the President will provide a symbol or focus for unity of our Union, and as such will represent our Union at various civic and ecumenical events.
President: The Revd Rupert Lazar
Vice President: The Revd Dianne Tidball
Rupert was born in Trinidad in May 1956 and came to join his family in Edmonton, North London, when he was 14 years old. He is married to Joanne and they have two children – Ainsley and Sarah.
In 1989 whilst working as an insurance underwriting clerk, he heard, and responded to God’s call on his life and went to Spurgeon’s College. At the end of his training and formation, God led Rupert to West Croydon Baptist Church where he served for 17 years, the last eight of which he was the Team Leader. Rupert is currently serving God as a Minister at East Barnet Baptist church where he has been since 2010.
Rupert serves the Baptist family in various capacities: District Minister (LBA); mentor; Supervisor of Minister-in-Training; Ministerial Recognition Committee and Moderator of Nomination Committee. He particularly enjoys working in partnership with Jesus in building multicultural churches. He has a passion to nurture Christians to be vibrant and confident in their faith. He longs to see Christians growing in their openness to the Spirit and using their spiritual gifts to serve the Lord. Rupert says that he loves many, many things including watching/listening to cricket, Star Trek and relaxing with a good book.
Click here to find out more about the theme for Rupert's Presidential Year - 'Anointed to do good'.
Click here to access a list of former BUGB Presidents
Click here to access letters from Jenni Entrican and guest blogs on the Daring Greatly theme of her Presidential year 2015-16.
Click here to access the blog posts from Chris Ellis during his Presidential year 2014-15.
Click here to access the blog posts from Ernie Whalley during his Presidential year 2013-14.