Our Leadership

Albany Road Baptist Church is a unique organisation that has two part time Pastors who share the duty of leading our church. We also have a Leadership team made up of members of the church family. The Elders who support the Pastors and the Deacons who oversee the practical elements of church life.

Service as a church leader is not determined by age or gender and ARBC is pleased to have a diverse leadership that is able to cater to its diverse and growing congregation.

Richard Hardy

Richard Hardy

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Richard Hardy works as Senior Pastor for ARBC on a part time basis 3 days a week and 3 Sunday’s a month. He is also the Director of a Charity – The Entheos Trust that encourages Church leaders and enables Churches to engage more effectively in mission in their local communities. He has been in ministry 25 years, spoken at over 50 UK National and Regional Conferences, writes for Sorted Magazine and is married to Rosemary. They have two adult children.

Lesley Lawrence

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Lesley Lawrence works as a Pastor at ARBC on a part-time basis. She was born and brought up in Cardiff and has a teaching background. After getting married, Lesley lived in Kenya for two years, and South West London for 16 years before returning to South Wales to train for ministry. Lesley completed her training at the South Wales Baptist College in June 2017 and has a degree in Theology from Cardiff University. She is married to Andrew and they have three children, Samuel, Jamie and Daisy.

Peter Littlechild

Peter Littlechild

Community Co-ordinator
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Peter Littlechild grew up in Albany Road Baptist Church, which he attended with his family. He attended the Cub Scouts at ARBC. After an extended absence he returned to the church and began to fill various roles such as the catering manager. As the deacon in charge of local mission he loves working in and around Roath creating community links and working with parents of local school children, planning community events and being involved in the schools.

Peter recently trained to give talks on parenting and created Hapus with another parent Emma Reid-Jones, which provides parenting advice and support with a Christian emphasis.

Kath Hubback

Deacon Responsible for Prayer

Kath’s day job is as a Civil Servant. In the life of the church she is involved in the Worship Team and responsible for co-ordinating the prayer life of the church. Since starting as Deacon for Prayer she has helped us develop the Monthly Prayer Meeting; the Prayer text Chain and the Healing Ministry Team.

Arkle Bell

Deacon for World Mission

After 40 years in full time youth work and mission I have retired to Cardiff. I’m still actively involved with the YMCA in Birmingham. Internationally I have visited a number of African countries to help with mission support and training.
For over 25 years I have been regularly involved in training and support for a number of Christian agencies in South Africa. I have also taken and supported young people as they have spent time there too.

Thakshila Gunesekera

Thakshila Gunesekera

Deacon for Finance

Thakshila Gunesekera is married to Somas. They have both been part of Albany Road Baptist Church for over 20 years. She became Treasurer in 2011. She enjoys being part of the Joint Leadership team and the Albany Church Community. Thakshila and Somas are originally from Sri Lanka.

Cynthia Lang

Cynthia Lang

Deacon and Church Secretary

Cynthia Lang has been a member of ARBC for more than 25 years. As a result of her long-standing membership Cynthia is a good resource for church history and archives. In October 2014, she coordinated an administrative/financial review of the church structures with an outside consultant in the aim of ensuring the church continues to be able to do its work effectively. Cynthia recently retired from working with the NHS. She can be found doing work for the church most weekday mornings.

Becky Williams

Becky Williams

Deacon for Children’s Work

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Williams is the youngest deacon to ever serve at ARBC. She has been attending the church most of her life. Her passion is to teach the children Bible stories in a creative learning environment and she is therefore in charge of the Kids’ Club and yearly the Holiday Club that occurs during the August holidays. Becky also helps Terry Baxter Friday nights at the Youth club and has been attending Soul Survivor with the Church each August for 10 years, first as an attendee then as a chaperone and Village Leader. In her spare time outside of church, she is a Reception Class teacher in Pontypridd.

Moses Katta

Deacon for IT and Media

I was born and brought up in India. I accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour at the age of 17. Since then my vision and passion have been to serve the Lord. I moved to Cardiff to study and have been a part of ARBC since arriving in Wales. I have served with the Friday Youth Club and by helping on a Sunday with the Sound and Vision. As Deacon responsible for coordinating IT and Media I am now responsible for managing the team that is seeking to develop the digital life of the church. We are looking to expand our online presence. By the grace of God, I look to be His vessel in the life of the church.

Saranne Louise Beaven (Sam)

Deacon for coordinating Fellowship

I was born in Cardiff and adopted into a Christian family. I have a teaching and training background in hospitality. I ran the kitchen in Coleg Glan Hafren prior to getting a degree in Teaching and Management from Cardiff University.

Having been away from the church for many years I was welcomed back as a member following my baptism in 2014. Shortly after coming to Albany Road Baptist I started helping in Monday Lunch Club.  I then agreed to take responsibility for the Churches catering.  Then in 2017 started Fish on Friday. I am now the Deacon responsible for coordinating Fellowship.

Mary Dewey

Mary Dewey

Front Office Manager
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Mary has been part of the church for about 40 years. In that time she has been involved in many areas of the church life. More recently she was employed as the Church Office Manager in 2011. Since then we have seen the work of the church blossom so in early 2015 as part of our expansion she took responsibility for pioneering our brand new front office. The aim of this is to improve the welcome as the building becomes a hub of mission and ministry activity. Mary is also our unofficial “Artist in Residence”.