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New Deacons for 2021 - Paul East 

Paul East
Paul writes:

As the only child of older parents I was brought up in a home where Christian values were practised but I had no contact with church or Christians. It was only at school when I was 14 that the RE teacher challenged us and I gave my life to Jesus. Wisely, he encouraged me to join the local Crusader class in Tonbridge where I grew and was discipled, becoming one of the leaders there until I was 24.

During that time I was baptised at Tonbridge Baptist Church.

I trained and qualified in Hospital Administration, mainly in London; I married Su in 1972 after which we joined SBC (in 1973!).

The Lord called us to India at the end of 1973 where we served at Herbertpur Christian Hospital for 14 years with a break of one year at All Nations Christian College. During the time in India I was one of the two leaders there; my specific role was to train Indian graduates in Hospital Administration for Christian hospitals. It was a great joy to disciple and train. I was active in pastoral care and preaching as well.

During those years we had three children (born in India) and now have six grandchildren both in the UK and Canada.

After 1986 I became an International Director for Interserve, based in Cyprus but travelling through South Asia and the Middle East. We were there for six years after which we returned to the UK (to look after Su’s elderly parents) and joined South Asian Concern with whom we continue to serve, both in the UK and India.

I have served SBC in the past as a Deacon. My passion is that Jesus's Church should be a multi-cultural church where all seekers and believers are welcome and their gifts are appreciated as well as a blessing to the whole congregation.

My vision is that SBC should be a demonstration of faith, hope and love in a needy and confused community. 

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.
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Planning your Visit


We’re glad you've chosen to have a look at our website, and hope you’re interested to find out more about Selsdon Baptist Church.

A church is primarily about people, and we are a friendly group of people who love God and live in Selsdon and nearby.

We have a church building on Addington Road, Selsdon, but at the moment we have only very limited use of the building because of the Covid pandemic. But that doesn’t stop us worshipping God – only we have to do it over Zoom and YouTube!

Most of us watch together at the same time (10 30am) on Sunday, and then join to chat and discuss on Zoom just afterwards.
We’d be delighted for you to join our YouTube worship, listen to the midweek reflections on YouTube, listen to the Ask the Ministers Podcast, or join the Zoom meeting.

Depending on the current restrictions level, there is the opportunity to join us to watch the YouTube service in the church building itself – check the service details for each Sunday for instructions.

If you’d like to find out more about us and about our Christian faith, please browse the website. The Blog page will give you a feel for our recent ideas and activities. If you would like to talk to someone, please fill out the contact form below for a chat.

Hopefully when the pandemic eases, you’ll be able to come and see what we’re like on a Sunday and at other events – watch the website to see what becomes possible and when.

You may find the following pages useful to read more about  us:

What we Believe
Baptism (we are a Baptist church!)
Latest News and Announcements (what’s going on at the moment)
Blog (what we’ve done recently)


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Rev Trevor Neill   Rev. Denzil Larbi
Ministry Team Leader   Associate Minister with a focus on Evangelism
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.