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Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff members.  

Paul Lavender   Stephanie Muncherji - Church Secretary
Paul Lavender - Senior Minister and Team Leader   Stephanie Muncherji


Paul is called to serve; the church in leadership
and has overall responsibilities in the following areas: 
  • Worship and preaching
  • Vision and strategy
  • Pastoral care
Paul was born in Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1969.  He studied music at the University of Oxford, pursuing a career in music as a pianist and organist, and giving concerts and recitals throughout the UK, continental Europe and the USA.  He also acted as music Director to many leading Christian musicians and worship leaders, including Graham Kendrick, Matt Redman and Darlene Zschech.  He had a blast!

Paul has studied Theology at Oxford and at University of Wales in Cardiff, and was commissioned as a minister within the Baptist Union of Great Britain in 1999.  Paul has served on staff at churches in Newbury, Weymouth and Preston, joining the church here at Mount Pleasant in 2007.   He became the Senior Pastor and Team Leader in April 2008.

Paul has been married to Judith since 1995. Paul's passion is seeing people come to faith in Jesus Christ, and then make Jesus the leader of their lives, following him passionately every day of their lives.
  Stephanie is our Church Operations Manager and is often your first point of contact when phoning or emailing the Church.

Her previous position was the Administrator for the Association of Christian Teachers before joining the staff team at Mount Pleasant.  Her background experience has included having her own business in Recruitment, completing placements for the unemployed, in the Distribution and Industrial sector.

"I have devoted my life to serving Him who is most High." 

Jane Wake    
Jane Wake - CAP Debt Centre Manager    
Jane runs our Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre. For more information on what CAP does click here.    
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Ruth Osborne -  Ministry Assistant    

Our Church runs with a great deal of support and help from the congregation as well as our Elders and Deacons.

Elders                                                                 David Gwilt
                                                                              Ruth Osborne
                                                                              Hefina Pereira
                                                                               Andrea Smith
                                                                              Jane Wake                                                                                                                  
Deacons:                                                           Sam Ahadzi 
                                                                              Stephen Birdsall
                                                                              Chris Bentley
                                                                              Matt Jaggard
                                                                              Valentine Mbawa
                                                                              Stephen Ormesher

Finance Team Leader:                                 Stephen Spandl
Church Secretary:                                         Jacqueline Arnold
Additional Needs coordinator:                 Linda Lemon
CAP Manager:                                                 Jane Wake
Charity Shop Manager:                               Cath Owen
Children & Family Worker:                         Teresa Young
Children's Leader:                                          Chris Bentley
Church Cleaner & Caretaker:                     Louise Jenkins
Ministry Assistant:                                         Ruth Osborne
Operations Manager                                     Stephanie Muncherji
Pastoral Team Leaders:                               Martin and Sue Buckby
Safe to Grow overseer:                                David Dyson


If you need to contact the Church please visit the Contact Us page.

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

New to Church?

Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about our Church. But.....if it doesn't we are only a phone call or email away...or better still pop in to see us for a Sunday service. and ask your questions while you're here. 

Key information about the church...


Where & when does the church meet?

Our Church meets every Sunday at 10:30am and 6:30pm for our Sunday Services. (Always check the calendar for up to date information) Aim to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you get parked and seated in time for the service to start. There is a car park at the rear of the Church but it's VERY limited and not big enough to accommodate everyone so you'll also find parking on the streets around the Church or park at the Racecourse Park car park just a minute away and walk to us. There is always someone to greet you at the steps of the Church to make you feel welcome and help you find a seat.

We meet at:

147-155 Kettering Road
Northamptonshire NN1 4BS

You can see a map on our contact us page


What should I expect when I visit the church?

You will receive a very warm welcome from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go. Our services are a maximum of an hour and a half and include singing, prayer, preaching and interaction from groups within the Church.

We are a diverse congregation with a mix of ages, nationalities and church experience - we have a healthy mix of traditional and modern music with piano, organ, and a 'house band' that can consist of drummers, guitarists, flute players, string and wind instruments (and the odd kazoo!) with singers to help lead us in worship. 

We have embraced technology and have TV screens around the Church to help people follow the service and join in - if you want to! The lyrics to the songs are on the screens, ideal if Church is new to you.


Sunday Morning Service


Services begin at 10.30am. At the front of the church is a soft play area for children with bean bags, childrens tables and chairs and activity sheets they can colour and fill out to help them feel welcome and included. There is regularly a children's section early on in the service to help them engage as well as musical instruments they can play during the service.

On the fourth Sunday morning of each month we celebrate Communion.

At the end of the service you'll see the Prayer Team creating a space at the front of the Church for anyone wanting prayer. If you would like to receive prayer make your way over to a member of the Prayer Team and they will take time to talk to you and pray for and with you. 

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the service so you'll have plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.

Sunday Evenings

Starts at 6.30pm. This tends to be a more traditional service but can also include time for reflection, testimony and a range of teaching styles. On the second Sunday of each month we celebrate Communion. Check the diary for any special announcements or changes to times.

Songs of Praise

On the third Sunday of each month we hold a 'Songs of Praise' style service where songs tend to be older and more traditional, albeit no less relevant to today. 

What happens to the kids at church?

At an appropriate point in the service the children and young people go to their groups. All group leaders are DBS checked and we operate a 'Safe to Grow' policy to ensure good child care. You can, of course, keep your children with you throughout the service.

We have a fantastic programme for the kids at the Church for:

Sparklers (Age 2 and under) 
Children under 2 are in the creche room which is especially designed for babies and toddlers so you can leave their child with peace of mind. There are toys and age appropriate activities in our beautifully bright and colourful creche. You are welcome to stay with your child if you prefer, feed newborns in peace and listen to the service over the speakers at the same time!

Ignite (3-11 years)
Children explore who God is through creative prayer, games, crafts and discussion. You are always welcome to join us to find out more about what we do! or for more information contact Stephanie Muncherji at the Church office. 

Rock Solid (11-18's)
If God's a real person, not just a myth, what does He think about poverty, racism, relationships...? Rock Solid asks life's big questions!
Meeting on Sunday mornings with the aim of teaching and discipleship, it is always a lively time with plenty of conversation. The group is also the starting point for the planning and studying for youth-led church services.

Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.

Will I have to join in?

Not at all! You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you. 
If you ant to see what happens in our services you can watch them online here 


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If you want to know who works in the church office, check out our Staff and Leadership page.