The President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain is elected annually and usually takes office at the annual Baptist Assembly held in May. Our current President, Geoff Colmer, took office on 15 May 2020 during our online Assembly
. Hayley Young was also welcomed as our new Vice-President.
The President’s main role is as a communicator/facilitator of our Union’s vision and mission. The President travels around our Union, engaging with local churches, regional Associations and Colleges.
A key part of the role is leading the Baptist Steering Group
(BSG) Accompanying Group
, which provides prayer support and shares in spiritual and missional reflection with BSG. Click here for more information about the role of our President
There will also be occasions when the President will provide a symbol or focus for unity of our Union, and as such will represent our Union at various civic and ecumenical events.
President: The Revd Geoff Colmer
Vice President: The Revd Hayley Young
Geoff Colmer is the Regional Minister and Team Leader of the Central Baptist Association.
In what sometimes seems like a previous life I was a professional musician, playing the bassoon in the English Northern Philharmonia, and music continues to play a large part in my life and ministry. Following my training at Spurgeon’s College I was Minister of Rye Baptist Church and then Melton Mowbray Baptist Church, before moving to my present role in 2004.
I have a depth of understanding and experience of Baptists Together in all its expressions: colleges, churches, associations, and the national resource, and have served on a large number of its groups. As an energetic advocate for women’s ministry, it is a pleasure to serve on the Gender Justice Group. I have extensive ecumenical experience that includes representing the Baptist World Alliance at the 2008 Lambeth Conference, and I’ve served on the European Baptist Federation Council.
My primary calling is to seek to be attentive to God, and help others to be attentive to God.
The theme for Geoff’s presidency year is being attentive to rhythms of grace
: an attentiveness to God, in our own lives, and in the lives of all those we encounter, both within the church and beyond it, ‘seeking to be a movement of Spirit-led communities.’
Read more about Geoff’s theme in the article he wrote for the Summer 2021 edition of Baptists Together magazine
Click here to access a list of former BUGB Presidents
Find out more about Yinka Oyekan's theme for his year as President 2020-21 at www.howdowegrowfromhere.com
Ken Benjamin's theme for his year as President 2019-20 was Where do we grow from here? Ken also produced a series of videos and studies for small groups to follow the theme
Please click here to find out more about 'Divine Windows' - the theme for Dave Gregory
's year as President 2018-19.
Please click here to access 'As in heaven' - the theme for Dianne Tidball
's year as President 2017-18.
Click here to access 'Anointed to do good' - the theme for Rupert Lazar
's Presidential Year 2016-17.
Click here to access letters from Jenni Entrican and guest blogs on the Daring Greatly theme
of her Presidential year 2015-16.
Click here to access the blog posts from Chris Ellis
during his Presidential year 2014-15.
Click here to access the blog posts from Ernie Whalley
during his Presidential year 2013-14.