Who's Who

Rev'd Nigel Ford

I was inducted as minister of Canford Heath Baptist Church in November 2014. My Christian journey began over 40 years ago at a Don Summers rally in Reading. I made a commitment that night, and was baptised soon afterwards. My early adult years were turbulent and I fell away from faith for a while. I spent a year at Birmingham Medical School, before deciding that becoming a doctor was not for me. Looking back I can see that God was beginning a call to pastoral ministry even then. Val and I became involved in the life of Lansdowne Baptist Church during the early 80's,  where I led the music and outreach ministry for many years. It was during this time that God clarified my sense of call, and in 1992 I started training for ministry at Spurgeon’s College in London while working as a Music Director for a lively Anglican church in West Croydon. Pastorates in Stafford, Cirencester and Sudbury (Suffolk) followed, before a joyful return to Dorset and the ministry at Canford Heath. Although I enjoy leading worship from the keyboard, I am a pastor/teacher at heart and know that this is the primary ministry to which God has called me.

Val Ford
Associate Minister

I became a Christian while at school.  A missionary from Africa had come to share her testimony with the class. Towards the end of her talk she asked us if anyone wanted to give their life to Jesus. I went forward. The following lesson was Geography, so my first witness was to the teacher when I had to explain why I was late for class! I have worked in a ministry partnership with Nigel for over 30 years now. I appreciate getting alongside women on a one-to-one basis.  I have also led retreat days and conferences for women, including events at the Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing in Gloucestershire.  While in Sudbury, I joined a church mission team to Soweto, South Africa. I was amazed to find myself in a classroom sharing my testimony with a group of African children, and realised that God had brought me full-circle from my own testimony 50 years earlier.  Over the past few years I have been training to become a Nationally Recognised Lay Pastor of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. I have undertaken this training to be better equipped for the work that God has opened for me.  It was a great joy to be inducted as Associate Minister of Canford Heath Baptist Church in November 2015. 

Neil McKay

Born & bred in Poole, God was gracious to bring me up in a Christian family and I gave my life to the Lord at early age. I attended Poole Evangelical Church where I was part of the Covenanter group there for all my youth and I was baptised there in 1974. I was very involved with the Hants and Dorset Christian youth camps where I went as a camper and then  later ran the sailing there for several years.  Following the completion of my degree course in Building Construction Management at Brighton  I went off travelling! I spent a year skippering a yacht in USA and the Caribbean & sailed it back to Poole. I then went off travelling for 2 more years to India, Nepal, the Far East & Australia before returning to UK to become a responsible adult!  It would be true to say that although the Lord sustained me through all my travelling it is difficult to live the Christian life outside of Christian community.  It was on my return & during my time at Lansdowne Baptist church that I recommitted my life to the Lord. I was involved leading in Exploring Christianity Groups (fore runner of Alpha), Nurture Groups and foreign student work. We moved to Longfleet Baptist Church in 1993 as we felt the Lord was calling us to a local church I was a Deacon for 6 years there and also led the Sunday youth group and alpha groups in our home. I have been attending CHBC for 10 years along with Ruth and our daughters Verity & Rhiannon. I help run a house group, attend the Monday Prayer meetings, the men's fellowship group and lead worship from time to time.

Neil Murdoch

At the age of 71 and having been retired for 6 years from a full and satisfying working life, the thought of being an Elder was not at the front of my mind.  However, having been approached on two occasions and been encouraged to consider being nominated for Eldership, I have taken the matter to Father God. I have a total love of God and I am committed to moving forward in His will each and every day. I am committed to exploring the future of CHBC in the Community Centre and I am excited by the challenges ahead which face us all. I believe that The Lord anoints and blesses those who work with Him to build His Kingdom here and glorify Jesus in doing so. I believe that we all have a role in leadership. Elders and Deacons are elected to strengthen us all in our own leadership roles, whatever the tasks in hand.

Louise Rumney

I became a Christian at the age of 21 when I realised Jesus was more than a historical figure and a good teacher but the son of God alive and working in and through us by his Holy Spirit.  

As an elder I am part of leadership team and also involved with the youth work. I am currently the safe guarding trustee. I also enjoy being part of the worship team and attend a home group. CHBC has been my spiritual home since 2003 and I attend with my husband Martin. We have two adult children Ben and Abi. 

I very much believe that as Christians we are the hands and feet of Christ and as a church we should look to live out the gospel in our community. Currently I am employed as a nurse practitioner but at the weekends I enjoy a good ramble through the Dorset countryside and have been known to take to the waters in a kayak!

Bryan Shaw


I was born and bred in Bristol and became a follower of Jesus at the age of 17, when I heard through Billy Graham, the good news of God’s amazing love for me revealed in what Jesus Christ had done for me through His death and resurrection and I opened my heart to receive His wonderful gift of forgiveness and new life. 

I came to live in Poole in 1976 and was married to Iris in 1978. We have two children, Jo who is married to Nick and they have four children and Andrew who is married to Susie and they have two children. We travel quite a lot to see them as they live in Derbyshire and Surrey respectively.

Iris and I have been members of CHBC since March 2010 and I was elected as a deacon in September of that year. I took on the role of church secretary in January 2011 and continued in that role after being elected as an elder in November of that year until November 2017 when I took a year out from being an elder before my re-election in 2018. 

Throughout our lives as Jesus’ followers, He has led both Iris and myself to be actively involved in mission. I currently serve as Bournemouth Prayer Group Co-ordinator for SIM (Serving in mission). As an elder, I see it as part of my role to try to encourage mission and I am grateful for the opportunities that I have to do that through leading services, occasionally preaching and through involvement in the weekly prayer meeting and in our home group.

In my “spare time”, I enjoy guitar playing, walking, golf, reading and listening to music.

Simon Dawson
Deacon and Treasurer

I became a Christian when a friend invited me to attend Landsdowne Baptist Church in Bournemouth in the 1980’s. Now at Canford Heath Baptist church I have taken on the role of treasurer and I support the Monday night prayer meetings.  

I couldn’t possibly do what I do if it wasn’t for the help and support of others in the finance team who looks after such things as Gift Aid and those who count and bank the offering on behalf of the church.



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7 Mitchell Road, Canford Heath, Poole BH17 8UE.

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