47-63 Frances St, Newtownards, BT23 7DY
Sunday Services: 11.00am & 4.00pm

Our Leadership

Stephen Cassells

Stephen Cassells

Pastor

Stephen grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. He became a Christian as a child, however from high school into his early twenties he struggled in his relationship with God.

After a series of life changing events he became very aware of God restoring him to a right relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Around this time Stephen moved to Northern Ireland and has lived in the province since.

For most of his working life Stephen has worked in the health & fitness industry, and continues to have a keen interest in sports and fitness.

Stephen began studies in the Irish Baptist College in 2013. In September 2015 he was installed as Pastor of the church. Stephen is married to Lydia. They have two young boys Caleb and Calvin, and a baby girl Amélia. 

David Holmes

David Holmes

Assistant Pastor

David grew up just outside Newcastle County Down. As the son of a sheep farmer he enjoyed working on the family farm during weekends and summers. With Christian parents, he heard the gospel from an early age in life and came to faith as a young child. At nineteen he went to Queens University Belfast. During that time, through the preaching of John Piper and the writings of Jonathan Edwards, he was challenged to deepen his walk with God.

This lead him to begin studying at the Irish Baptist college in September 2013. Since 2015, he has also embarked on a, sometimes part time, sometime full time, career as a self-published author. David started working part time with the church in September 2017 as assistant pastor. David is married to Kayla who is from Minnesota in the USA. They both enjoy golf and David also enjoys hiking in the Mournes, squash and football. 

Trevor Mitchell

Trevor Mitchell

Elder

Trevor became a Christian through the witness of friends at school. He is married to Heather and they have four daughters, one son and eight grandchildren.  

He has been a member of Ards Baptist for over 40 years.  During that time he has been involved in various aspects of the life and leadership of the church, including active involvement in outreach to the local community, missions support, time spent as church treasurer, and he has been an Elder in the church for the past 20 years.  

Trevor still works (or struggles) at keeping fit and is interested in most sports which don’t involve the use of a ball!

Ronnie McBride

Ronnie McBride

Elder

Salvation came to Ronnie's family first through daughters Lorna then Shirley, wife Norma, followed by third daughter Helen.  It was in Feb. 1999 that Ronnie finally gave his life to the Lord, realising that he needed to come with a 'simple childlike faith' (Mark 10 v 15).

Ronnie soon got involved with the children's meeting, Young Life Fellowship (now the Extra club), as a helper and eventually became a leader.

He served as a deacon for a number of years, was part of the sound desk team for a period, is involved in door to door outreach, and is chairman of the Missionary Committee.  

Ronnie has been an Elder for six years. He has three married daughters and four grandchildren.                                                                              

David Bowers

David Bowers

Elder

David was converted in his teens and has since been involved in various aspects of Christian service both at home and overseas, including time served as a missionary in Peru.

He has been actively involved in local church work for years and has spent time as a Bible class teacher, deacon, and is presently serving as an Elder.

For a number of years David worked in the building trade however now he is  enjoying his retirement.

He is married to Anna, they have two children and five grandchildren.

His interests include reading, walking and woodwork.

Debbie McLaughlin

Debbie McLaughlin

Co-ordinator for work among Young People and Young Families and Church administrator

Debbie became a Christian just before she started Primary School.  When she was 13, her family moved to Fermanagh, where her dad was the Pastor of Mullaghmeen Baptist Church. It was here she studied the Bible more in depth and was encouraged in her faith by others in the church. 

 Since Debbie and her family came to Newtownards Baptist in 2004, she has been mainly involved in the JYF and Holiday Bible Club.  She enjoys working alongside the young people, realising the importance of encouragement from older Christians in her own life. 

Sport has always been a big part of her life and she has been a PE teacher since 2005.  Debbie took up the position of part-time church administrator and co-ordinator of young people and young families in 2017.