Our Team

Central Baptist Church is run by a team of ministers, in co-operation with up to 15 deacons, with the help of various support staff.

Rev Phil Marsden (Ministry Team Leader)

Phil joined our ministry team in May 2018, having previously been Senior Minister at Taunton Baptist Church. After leaving school Phil worked for a time as clerical officer in the local authority’s Education Department before, as he says, “starting my adventure in “full time” ministry, from which I have never looked back.” Starting as an Itinerant Youth Evangelist, then a Youth and Schools’ Worker, he went on to be a Centre Director & Team Leader with Youth for Christ followed by an appointment with the Baptist Missionary Society as Youth, Children and Action Team Coordinator.

After working with the BMS Phil was appointed Youth and Children’s Pastor at Queens Park Baptist Church (Glasgow) and whilst there he began studying for ministry (part time) at the Scottish Baptist College. He was then called to be Associate Pastor responsible for Youth and Children’s Ministry at Tonbridge Baptist Church (Kent) so he completed his studies at Spurgeons College. From Kent he went to be Senior Minister at Brixham Baptist Church (Devon) before moving to Taunton.

Phil and Sandra have two daughters; Amy and Beth. He is a keen Everton supporter.

Phil describes himself as someone who loves people, has bags of enthusiasm and wants to serve in a church that shares his aspiration to build loving, healthy, caring communities that are passionate about Jesus, emanate the good news and seek to save the lost.

Tel. 01245 264163 ext 1

Rev Leesa McKay (Minister)

Leesa trained at Spurgeon's College and was ordained in April 2009. Before coming to Chelmsford in September 2010 she was Associate Minister at Buckhurst Hill having previously been Director for Epping Forest Youth for Christ. Leesa was welcomed to fully accredited status at the Baptist Union Assembly in May 2013.

Leesa is a visionary and strategic thinker, gifted in leadership. Her leadership style is relational. She is motivated by mission and enjoys developing ways to engage relevantly with people who are not yet Christians. Leesa is a good communicator, teaching and preaching God’s word in a way that helps people to live out their faith practically. She is also a good listener and gifted pastorally.

Tel. 01245 264163 ext 2

Sue Parrotte (Children's Ministry Worker)

Sue ParrotteSue leads our children's ministry, prepares the programme and oversees Light Factory (Sunday school from 0-11 years). She also leads our very popular Holiday Club which runs on the first full week of the summer holidays.

Tel. 01245 264163 ext 6

Lesley Hodgson (Seniors Outreach Worker)

Lesley works with our seniors ministry team who seek to meet the needs of the older people in our church and community. This involves running events like Outlook.

Tel. 01245 264163 ext 9