Canford Heath Baptist Church

Love in the community

Our History


After a period of interregnum our new Minister Rev. Nigel Ford was inducted on Saturday 22 November 2014.  Val Ford completed her training as a Nationally Recognised Baptist Lay Pastor and was appointed as Associate Minister of our church at a Special Church Meeting on 25 November 2015.   Nigel with his wife Val are now leading us forward into a new chapter in the history of Canford Heath Baptist Church.

At the beginning of 2012 our Ministers Ben and Emma (Ez) were called to a new ministry in Bristol and left on 29 April 2012 to take up their role at Westbury on Trym Baptist Church. They were sent out with our love and blessings knowing that they will continue to bless many through their ministry. We are therefore currently in a period of interregnum.

In September 2008 the church appointed Ben and Emma (Ez) Lucas as ministers at Canford Heath.  Ben brings a heart for mission and has brought in (and is working on) new initiatives to reach those on the heath who do not know Jesus and how to help those who are most vulnerable in society.  Ez, though on maternity leave, brings a passion for youth work and she now works very closely with the church's part time youth worker.  The last couple of years have been exciting, having seen many baptised and come into membership of the church, many due to the alpha course we run about three times a year.   The church has recently sent ten people to Kolkata, India for a mission trip and we are all looking forward with excitement as to how this trip will help us in our mission to Canford Heath.

God has really blessed the church since it was planted by Longfleet Baptist church in 1992 with 20 adults and 15 children.   At that time the church met at the scout hall off Sherborne Crescent.  In 1997 John Taylor started to work with the church whilst training at Moorlands College.  In 1998 he became assistant pastor at Longfleet with special responsibility for Canford Heath Baptist Church.  In 2001, the church moved into a joint sharing agreement with the Anglican Church on the heath, St Paul’s.  In 2003, the agreement was put in place and now the two churches work very closely together, especially with joint missional events. 

In 2003 Canford Heath Baptist Church became independent of Longfleet Baptist church, joined the Baptist Union and appointed John Taylor as our first full time minister.  John served us faithfully until being called on in 2007. We are very thankful for the work that has gone on before, for the vision of Brian Gill and Longfleet Baptist Church, for St Paul’s, for John Taylor and all involved.  But we are most excited about what God might do in the future.  May God continue to bless our church as we work hard to bless the heath on which God has called us to serve.