Gordon has been Pastor at BEC since 2011. Married to Alli, with three children and three grand-children, Gordon is a Doonhamer (a native of Dumfries). After eleven years working for the NHS, Gordon served in churches in Manchester, Fife and Tyne & Wear. He is passionate about teaching the Bible in a way that it can be understood, so that it is just as practical on Monday morning in ‘real life’ as it is on Sunday in church.
He enjoys pottering in the garden (“I love seeing growth”) and is a self-confessed golf nut, but doesn’t play nearly as much he would like to! He tries to slip in as many U2 song references into his sermons as he can get away with and takes great pride in Queen of the South being the only football team mentioned in the Bible. (Matthew 12:42) His passion is to serve God and serve God’s people.
Nigel has lived in Largs and been a member of BEC for 40 years and an Elder for more than 20 years. He is currently Church Secretary and also has responsibility for church administration, building maintenance and interface with external organizations that make use of BEC’s facilities, which is one of the ways that the Church is reaching out into the local community. He has two grown up daughters and two grandsons. He is semi-retired and works part time with an educational charity organizing industry visits for secondary school pupils. When he’s not busy looking after the church facilities, Nigel can be found on the badminton court.
Jim is married to Renee and they have two sons. Jim works for a large IT company. He enjoys running and will normally be out 5 days per week. He is often spotted pounding the pavements by church members! Jim says, “My life changed when I became a Christian in 1995 and it’s fantastic to know that despite me, God loves me completely.” As well as being one of the elders at BEC Jim is also involved in leading the Youth Church, seeking to encourage young people in their relationship with Jesus. Jim regularly leads the BEC services and uses his communication skills and sense of fun to make everyone feel right at home.
Jim has been a member of BEC for 35 years and during that time has been involved in a number of the church ministries. He was brought up in Stevenston and lived in Dumfries and Ardrossan before moving to Largs. In previous churches he has been involved in children’s and young people’s work and has sung joyfully, if not all that well (his words), in church choirs. He is fond of sport and plays bowls in the summer and curling in the winter months. He is also happily retired, having spent most of his working life with a large explosive and chemical manufacturing company, before going into business to provide business and management training.
Jim is a widower and, whilst some of his family have moved away from the area, others still live close by. He enjoys spending time with them and with his grand-children and one great-grand-child. His aim as an emeritus elder in BEC is to give what help and guidance he can to assist the church to fulfil its mission, to grow in numbers, to serve the community and to encourage its members and leaders.
Jim and his wife Andrea joined BEC on moving to Largs in 1998. Jim had been involved in various aspects of church leadership before coming to BEC and served as a BEC elder for 18 years before retiring to his current advisory emeritus elder role. He is still involved in BEC’s teaching and music ministries and in other ad hoc activities in support of the Leadership Team. Jim is an emeritus professor who retired from university employment in 2012 but retains some involvement in academia. He and Andrea have four married children and nine grandchildren who give them much pleasure and keep them busy!
Born in Airdrie, Elaine moved to Wemyss Bay when she was 10, when her parents joined BEC. She became a Christian at 18, after her dad’s death, but despite her faith Elaine concedes she made big decisions without Jesus at the centre of her life. She married and moved to Bamburgh, where her daughter Shona was born. Elaine says, “Through continual prayers of my family and God’s promise to never leave me, I found Alnwick Baptist Church and there I was strengthened with great Bible teaching and the love of many friends.” She works in Largs, both at the Post Office and at Aldo’s. Elaine is part of the Worship Team and Teen Challenge Bus Ministry -sharing the hope of Jesus with our community.
Maura became a deacon in 2009, after joining BEC in 2005 following the family move to Largs. Prior to this, she lived and worshipped in Glasgow. Although she had been brought up to attend church, it was only in her 20s that she realised the need for a personal relationship with Jesus, and so became a Christian in 1993. Maura is one of the worship leaders at BEC and also directs the church choir. Maura works as a dental consultant for the local health board, including working on projects for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Maura is married to David, and they have one son, Callum.
After a career in banking, which took him to places as far flung as Shetland and Cheshire, Ray moved back to Largs in 2013. He is married to Mhairu, a local lass, and have two children and three grand-children. Ray’s passion is for Israel and has conducted many tours to that land and it continues to have a special interest for him and lately has written a couple of books on that topic. He is also a long-time member of Gideons and distributes scriptures to schools and hotels in the area. Using his financial background experience, Ray handles the role of Treasurer in the fellowship. When time and weather permits, he likes walking, sometimes with a bag of golf clubs.