Who we are (Elders and Staff)

008.JPGAndy Wood was born in Batley, and became a Christian at the age of 18. He worked for a number of years as a production manager for Fox's Biscuits. He has been in full time Christian ministry for eighteen years - training at London Bible College (BA) and the University of Sheffield (MA, Biblical Studies). Andrew served on the staff of City Evangelical Church in Leeds beween 2007-2010. He is married to Alison, and they have three children.




Geoff Wildsmith became a Christian at Manchester University over fifty years ago and is now retired as a metallurgist in the copper tube industry.  Geoff has been an elder here at Batley Evangelical Church since the Church's foundation in 1970. He is married to Beth and they have three sons, three daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.




David Scott has been an elder at Batley for several years, and is our Treasurer. He became a Christian through a school friend who attended Batley Evangelical Church and also Birstall Young Life; after college he returned home and became a member of both! He currently leads the church's fledgling music group.



Sun Park was born in South Korea and raised in Canada. “I was converted in Canada but it was only when I heard the gospel clearly explained and godliness simply lived out in Oxford ... that I grasped what it meant to be a Christian.  Until then being a Christian was more a label rather than a lifestyle.” He is married to Naomi and they have a son.  The Park family joined the church in 2009 and Sun served as our Staff Bible Teacher until 2013.  In 2013 Sun was appointed as an elder.




Susan Ayano was born in Morley, and became a Christian at the age of 15.  She has been a member of Batley Evangelical Church for many years.  Susan is a deacon and pastoral visitor to ladies. She is married to Kebede and they have two daughters. She works part-time for a local supermarket.






Steven Coates was born in Drighlington, but now lives in Birstall. He became a Christian at the age of 16.  Steven is responsible for all 'gadgetry'; he is also involved in Birstall Young Life and Global Media Outreach as an online 'Community Leader'.  Steven co-ordinates prayer in the church for those serving God full time in the UK and overseas.  He is married to Rachel.