Young leaders helping to run the 'Go Wild' Summer Scheme
Dave & Sally Mann pastored Bonny Downs Baptist Church between 1997–2007 and then moved to the south of the borough to grow our sister congregation Royal Docks Community Church in 2008. With this congregation now firmly established and flourishing, they were called to Co-Pastor both congregations in December 2014.
Sally’s family have been worshipping at Bonny Downs Church for 5 generations and she has herself been ministering to the community here for over 30 years. Sally has a PHD in Philosophy & Theology and is a Sociology Lecturer at Greenwich University so she is particularly dedicated to overseeing our church’s teaching ministry. She is an accredited Baptist Minister and active supporter of Accepting Evangelicals.
Dave is also an accredited Bapitst Minister and is an experienced and passionate community development activist. Under his leadership, Bonny Downs Church launched the Bonny Downs Community Association (BDCA) charity which has been making a significant local impact since 1998. He now helps to lead several projects across the borough that address local needs and empower people to fulfil their God given potential, including: BDCA, West Silvertown Foundation, Bridges and Oasis Academy Silvertown. At Bonny Downs Church, Dave’s focus is on pastoral care and community regeneration.
Sally and Dave are directors of Red Letter Christians UK, aiming to give a voice to local churches working for Jesus and justice
Our Steering Team
Errol has a real heart for evangelising to local men and so focuses on coordinating our men’s ministry. Errol is passionate about praying for and encouraging the men within our community and seeing relationships deepen.
Angie is responsible for overseeing the Foodbank and NEWway Night Shelter. Angie has been part of Bonny Downs Church for many years and is passionate about mobilising our congregation to help tackle injustice within our community.
Sarah is our Cultural Inclusion Champion. Sarah supports local parents who have English as an Additional Language so she is passionate about promoting cohesion and integration within our church and community. Sarah is also our Church Administrator and Treasurer.
Stacey is responsible for overseeing our Children & Families Ministry team. She makes sure our children are inspired to grow in their faith and parents/carers are supported as they go through the challenges and joys of raising their families.
Click on the link below to find out more about what Stacey does within the community:
Terri leads our pastoral team & hospitality team and makes sure that everyone who attends our Sunday meetings, night shelter or foodbank centre is shown generosity and love by being given refreshments and a warm welcome.
Jonny joined our leadership team in 2017 and was commissioned in 2020 to be our Assistant Pastor. Jonny is passionate and dedicated about finding ways to support the growing number of homeless people in our community.
In January 2019 Jonny took on The Community Chaplaincy role. This is two-fold role. The first aspect of the role will involve providing opportunities for those we meet and journey with in midweek ministries (such as the NEWway night shelter, NEWday advice centre, and Foodbank), to connect with spirituality. Instead of just doing ‘good work’, Jonny is passionate about keeping our Christian faith at the heart of what we do and why we do it. He will therefore be looking to run a series of courses (such as Alpha and the Bible Course) where people can hear about and discuss the Christian faith in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
Jonny has also created a sacred space, for people in our church and wider community to spend time connecting with themselves and God. With Bonny Downs being a church full of do-ers, his heart is that we become a community of what Thomas Merton calls, ‘contemplative activists’, whereby our internal spiritual and emotional wellbeing is linked to our role in creating positive change in the outer world. To do this, we will be opening Bonny Downs Church Hall during the week, creating a space for us to encounter God using a mixture of prayer, silence, contemplation, and creative means.
Click on the link below to find out more about what Jonny does within the community:
Our Young Leaders
We have a fantastic team of young leaders who work alongside Stacey to plan and lead high quality Sunday School sessions for our 4 – 16 year olds.
We also have a wonderful team of volunteers including Linda and Graham who help us manage our finances, ensuring that we are good stewards and generous with our resources and Wendy who keep a loving eye on our Church building.