Rev Paul Lavender
Senior Minister and Team Leader
Paul is called to serve the church in leadership, to lead the Elders and Deacons 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. They met whilst she was nannying for Andrew Lloyd Webber's children in Newbury. Before that she was a nanny for an aristocratic London family for whom Prince Charles is a Godparent. She has travelled around the world in her work, visiting every continent and making Paul very jealous. She has also cooked for the Queen and Prince Philip! They have two wonderful children – Charlotte and Benjamin, who fill their lives with much joy (and noise!). Thankfully they have inherited their mother's good looks and their father's good musical taste.
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.
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