Leadership & Staff
The church is led by our five elders: Andy (our full-time pastor), Peter, Tony, Dave and Richard. The church is served by a team of deacons (Steve, Jonathan, Gareth, James and Nick) and supported by two other members of staff: Jill and Anthea (Ladies’ Workers).
Dr Andy Christofides took up the call to be our minister on 11 September 2000, succeeding the Rev. Russell Williams who had ministered between 1965 and 1998.
Born in 1957 near the famous footballing town of Burnley, Lancashire, Andy studied for his degree and doctorate in Chemistry at Cardiff University from 1975 to 1982. He was converted from atheism in the summer of 1976 during a summer vacation to Australia that changed his life forever.
Having worked in London as a Chemist from 1982, Andy returned to Cardiff in 1987 to work for Heath Evangelical Church as their International Student Worker, a Youth Leader and latterly as church evangelist.
Andy is married to Jill and together they have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
Peter grew up in Cardiff and came to faith in Jesus when he was in his teens. After working in insurance he trained for the Christian ministry in Aberystwyth.
He pastored churches in Deeside (1973-1993), Bala (1982-1990), and Newport (1993-1997) before becoming Director of UFM Worldwide, a mission agency, for 15 years (1997-2012). UFM has missionaries serving in more than 30 countries, including two missionaries from St Mellons Baptist Church. Paula Harris serves in Brazil and Dr Becca Jones serves in Uganda. Peter also taught pastoral theology for 18 years (1992-2010) at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales in Bridgend.
Peter is married to Margaret. They have 6 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
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Dave was converted during his first year at Bristol University, through the ministry of Navigators. He’s been a member of St Mellons Baptist Church since 1978, and during the whole of that period has worked for the same Cardiff-based firm of Chartered Accountants. He has spent most of his time in St Mellons supporting the church’s youth work, but recently has been more involved in the wider oversight of the church.
Dave is married to Jane, and has three grown-up children: Mark, Rebecca and Robbie.
Rich was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire. He came to know the Lord at the age of 16 during a Christian Youth Camp and can testify to the Lord’s love and faithfulness since then.
Rich moved to West London to complete his degree, and in 2010 he moved to Cardiff and became a member of St Mellons Baptist Church.
Rich works as a Mortgage Advisor, he is married to Heidi and they have two children.
Born and brought up near Skipton in Yorkshire, Jill was converted in her early teens. She trained as a nursery nurse, then as a nurse; Jill has also had experience in pupil support.
As the Pastor’s wife she is actively involved in all areas of the life of the church.
Anthea has been a member of St Mellons since 1973, and was appointed as Ladies’ Worker in 2005 after retiring as a special needs teacher. She was brought up in a Christian family in Swansea, and converted at a Scripture Union camp when she was 13. With Jill, Anthea is responsible for visiting, encouraging and counselling the ladies in the church, and also leads group and one-to-one Bible Studies, and takes responsibility for the ladies’ meetings.