Leadership

Jim Bathgate

Jim originates from Scotland but has lived and worked in Matlock as a family doctor for over 30 years. He has served as an elder and trustee in the church for most of this time, accepting the main responsibility for facilitating the Sunday Services and overseeing the teaching programme. He preaches regularly, and in 2012 gained the Theological Studies Award from London School of Theology. He is married to Dorothy, a retired schools’ inspector and they have one married daughter. In his free time he enjoys walking, gardening and watching Scotland play rugby!

Jeremy Beckett

Jeremy was born in Pakistan to Christian missionary parents but soon learned that this does not make you a Christian or guarantee salvation.  He was converted and baptised as a teenager, but due to a rebellious spirit renounced his faith in 1981.  He learned the hard way that the Lord does not let go those who are His and was restored to fellowship in 1991.  Jeremy retired in 2017 after 41 years teaching:  39 of those as a special needs teacher, with the last 17 of these as an advisory teacher in special needs technology.  Jeremy is married to Janet who retired from the deputy headship of a special school in 2018.  Retirement has given opportunity to be involved in the regular weekly activities of the fellowship and oversight of the Pastoral needs of its members.

John Clapham

Alan Kitchen

Alan is retired, having had a career in education. He is recently married to Annie, having lost his first wife in 2015. They have four grown-up children (two each).   Alan has been an Elder and Trustee for much of his time at Steep Turnpike. He is currently Church Treasurer, and has been involved in youth work. Recently he has helped with commercial-scale catering at youth camps and a Christian charity. He preaches occasionally and helps with a number of regular activities in the church.   He has several interests, including wildlife, gardening, walking and various creative pursuits.

Paul White

Paul works as a community nurse in Matlock. He is married to Susan and they have two grown up Daughters. He was privileged to grow up in a Christian family and was converted at a young age. In the mid 1990’s he studied Theology part time with the Evangelical Movement of Wales at Bryntirion Bridgend. At STEC he jointly oversees Home Bible Study Groups, organises the Church Library and regularly preaches both at home and away. He has a passion for Christian books, Theology, history and hymns.