Bethel’s leadership falls into three categories. The elders: who are responsible for the overall direction and pastoral care of the church. The deacons: who look after the practical needs of people in the church and more widely in the community as well as looking after the church finances and upkeep of our property. Then there are various men and women who lead the different groups, activities and ministries we run from week to week.
Mark Johnston (Minister)
Mark Johnston is originally from N. Ireland and trained for the ministry in Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He served as a church-planter for 10 years in Ireland with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church before becoming the minister of Grove Chapel in Camberwell, London in 1994. In 2010 he was called as Senior Pastor of Proclamation Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Philadelphia and took up the pastorate of Bethel in 2014. He also serves on the Board of the Banner of Truth Trust and has authored and contributed to quite a number of books. He has a monthly column entitled, Resident Aliens on the Place for Truth website of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Mark is married to Fiona and has two grown-up children.
Ian Hepburn (Elder)
A Manchester man, Ian moved to London to work as a Royal Mint scientist. Whilst there, in his early twenties, he was converted to Christ under Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ ministry and that of faithful friends before relocating with the Mint to Wales in 1971. He retired in 1998 as the Queens Assay Master and senior scientist, and awarded an OBE. Ian joined Ely Presbyterian Church, Cardiff and was a founder elder of the church plant which is Bethel. He has been an elder in both churches spanning 40 years. Married to Jean, they have children James and Mary with six grandchildren.
Alan Liddington (Elder)
Alan is married to Janis. They have two children, Sara and Robert. Alan became a Christian in his early twenties and was ordained as an elder in 1980. He has served Bethel since its formation as a Mission Church. Before he retired in 2007 as a Chartered Building Surveyor he was employed for 24 years in the Health Service and latterly as Head of Estates in Cardiff Metropolitan University.
James Hepburn (Elder)
James grew up in a Christian family and during his teenage years God showed Him that everything he had been taught about Jesus Christ was true. Jesus really had come to earth and died for His people’s sins – James’ included. James is married to Natalie and they have three children. He works as a Track Engineer for the railway, enjoys keeping a range of animals as a smallholder, reading and listening to Celtic music.
Doug started work with British Rail at the age of fifteen and still has a great love of engines and railways. Most of his working life has been spent as a school caretaker in Cardiff and working for Data Power Tools, a local company in Ely. He is now retired and volunteers in the local community in energy efficiency projects and also as an Adopter of two railway stations. He has been a deacon of the church for almost fifty years and has always wanted to serve God in this capacity, assisting the elders and members of the church. Doug is married to Patricia and has three daughters and six grand-children.
Phil is married to Zoe and they have two young children. He is currently a university lecturer, prior to which he worked as an architectural technologist. Phil became a Christian in 1999 and has been a member in Bethel ever since. He particularly enjoys music and confesses to being something of a geek when it comes to the electric guitar.
André was raised in a Christian family, looking to God to complete the good work He began. André and his wife, Elmarie, are from South Africa and have three children. They have been members of Bethel since 2004. André is a chemical engineer, working as a consultant in the petrochemical industry.
John grew up in South London where he came to faith at an early age. He taught for a number of years in the city, before serving as an Evangelist with the London Embankment Mission after which he served as the pastor of East Street Baptist Church. He moved from there to Cardiff to another pastorate. He is married to Deborah and they have four grown up chidren.