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, Dave Gregory, took office at our Assembly in Peterborough on 12 May 2018. Ken Benjamin was also welcomed as our new Vice-President.
Nominations for our President in 2020-21 have now closed and we have now begun the election process
. Information about this process has been sent to all those who are eligible to vote.
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. Click here for more information about the role of our President
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 Dr Dave Gregory
Vice President: The Revd Ken Benjamin
David has been Senior Minister of Croxley Green Baptist Church since 2010. Previously he held posts as Associate Minister of Loughton Baptist Church – a large multicultural church in Milton Keynes - and as a Home Mission funded student minister at St Andrews Church in Bletchley while training at Regents Park College.
With a heart for mission, he seeks to enable churches to embrace a fresh view of life with God and one another, encouraging them to greater engagement with their local community.
Growing up as part of Forest Street Baptist Church in Nottinghamshire, the Apollo moon landings inspired an interest in science, leading him to leave God behind. Yet found science drawing him back while studying Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Leicester! He became a Christian while at Imperial College in London researching thunder storms after which he worked at the Met Office and European Weather Centre in weather and climate research for fifteen years. As a member of Easthampstead Baptist Church, he led the planting of a new congregation into a local estate which resulted in him exploring pastoral ministry.
“While exploring my call I was asked ‘How has working at the Met Office prepared you for ministry?’ I think I can answer that in two ways. It left me with a passion for helping people to embrace the adventure of wholelife discipleship, encountering God and making a difference for the Kingdom in whatever sphere of life they are in. I have sought to encourage this within local church life, including co-ordinating an ecumenical group of churches in Milton Keynes in partnering with The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity’s Imagine project. Secondly, my love of science continues and has shaped my ministry over the past 15 years.”
At Croxley Green, David helps lead the monthly Messy Church where, as ‘Dr Dave’, he runs the ‘Messy Science Lab’, using simple experiments to help children, parents and carers to enjoy science and through it connect to God and faith. He also helped to co-ordinate the national ‘Messy Church Does Science’ project - part of the ‘Scientists in Congregations’ initiative at St. John’s College, Durham - inspiring Messy Churches to use science in exploring faith.
“I am grateful to Croxley Green Baptist Church and my colleagues for being willing to release me to this wider role in Baptist life. As President I want to encourage churches to consider how our Baptists Together values might inspire the life and mission of the local church as well as our wholelife discipleship. Alongside this, in an age where science continues to influence our lives and world, I want to positively explore science’s ability to help shape faith and spirituality, providing a window through which people of all ages might encounter God.”
David is married to Carolyn and they have two adult daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to local theatre groups, along with mountain walking, holidays in Italy, visiting ancient ruins and anything to do with Star Trek!
Please click here to find out more about 'Divine Windows'
- Dave's theme for his year as President.
Click here to access a list of former BUGB Presidents
Please click here to access 'As in heaven' - the theme for Dianne Tidball's year as President 2017-18.
Click here to access 'Anointed to do good' - the theme for Rupert Lazar's Presidential Year 2016-17.
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.