Oliver Allmand-Smith – Pastor of Trinity Grace Church
I grew up as the youngest of six, and although we enjoyed many blessings as a family my childhood was rather troubled, especially after my 17-year-old brother was killed on a motorbike when I was only 10. I knew the message of the gospel, but I had no peace because my heart was not right with God. However, when I reached the age of 17 myself, God showed me mercy and gave me a new heart – I was re-born as a child of God knowing forgiveness of sins and peace with Him.
The following year I went to Cambridge University to read history, majoring in the Reformation period. In these years I learned how to study the Bible, how to exegete it faithfully and how to present the gospel message to others. I began preaching in the year of my conversion at summer camps and YP meetings, and the Lord continued to give me many opportunities to proclaim the gospel.
After University, I began working in industry as part of a family engineering company that has been continually trading in Macclesfield since 1810. In 1995 I married Alison, and after some years of preparation, we were called to the pastorate here in Ramsbottom in 1998. God has blessed us with six children, and we have made Ramsbottom our home, even though I continue to travel to Macclesfield to oversee the business. During our time of service here we have rejoiced to see the church grow in numbers, but also in the grace and knowledge of Christ and His word. God has established a Biblical leadership team here and the membership are united in our desire to reach out to our community and our world with the precious gospel of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. We were especially encouraged in 2011 when the church adopted the 1689 London Baptist Confession as our statement of faith. May the Lord give us grace and strength to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Judev3).
Keith Underhill – Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church
Keith Underhill attained a B.Sc in Geography and spent a year in teacher training before teaching in Kenya 1968-1970. From 1971-1974 he studied at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, U.S.A. attaining an M. Div. During this time he married Priscilla and in 1975 they came to Kenya to minister in Thika. From 1978 he began the Trinity Baptist Church in Nairobi and early on started training men for the gospel ministry as a core part of his life’s work. They left Kenya for the U.K. at the end of 2015 after 40 years of service.