Elders

Roger Ninnis

Whilst Roger was brought up to go to church, it wasn't until in his late teens that he actually became a Christian. He married his wife, Anne, in 1974 and then in 1980, after ten years in the Civil Service, he went to Bible College to train for the Christian ministry. In 1986, he came to Providence in Southend, and the rest, as they say is history.

Duncan Briant

Duncan is married with two grown up (more or less) children and has lived in Essex all his life apart from a period at university in the 1970s. Following a conversion experience at 16, Duncan did most of his growing at university and most of his maturing at Providence where he has been a member for the last 20 years.

Duncan currently acts as a membership of the eldership for the church and has the privilege of providing the Sunday morning children's talk.

Deacon

John Serjeant

I have enjoyed being at Providence for about 13 years with my wife and two grown up children and have just been appointed to serve as a Deacon, particularly looking after the buildings. It is a privilege to be able to serve God and be a part of this caring, praying fellowship of welcoming believers where the whole Bible is held to be God's inspired word and a clear gospel message is preached. It is this clear emphasis and priority placed on teaching and understanding God's living word that brings real joy and a greater trust in God, that keeps me walking by faith and not by sight.

I believe God first gave me a simple faith and trust in Him when I was just 7 years old but, my journey and understanding of the great mystery of why Jesus, God's only Son should die instead of me to take my sin which separated me from a holy God has been ongoing and is a continuing one. In the Bible book called Ephesians, Chapter 2, it reminds me that I am saved from God's righteous judgement against sinful man: the unimaginable terror of living without God for eternity. All because of His amazing grace alone, through faith alone, nothing that I do is good enough to please God or helps, it is (the free gift) of Jesus Christ whom, because of God's great love he gave to die instead of me. Wow, that is good news, in a day when we surely need it.